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Oklahoma Catfish Fishing

All about fishing for flathead, blue and channel catfish in Oklahoma.

Catfish fishing in Oklahoma

Catfish Waters In OK

Major lakes with healthy populations of catfish include Broken Bow Reservoir, Canton Lake, Fort Gibson Reservoir, Grand Lake, Great Salt Plains Lake, Hugo Lake, Kaw Lake, Keystone Lake, Lake Carl Blackwell, Lake Eufaula, Lake Hudson, Lake Murray, Lake Texoma, Oologah Lake, Robert S Kerr Reservoir, Sardis Lake, Skiatook Reservoir, Tenkiller Lake, Waurika Lake and Webber Falls Reservoir. You can find catfish in most rivers as well as many of the smaller lakes and ponds across Oklahoma.

Fishing for catfish in Oklahoma

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

OK State Record: 35 lbs 15 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

OK State Record: 78 lbs 8 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

OK State Record: 98 lbs 0 oz

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Catfish fishing from the bank

OK State Record Catfish

Lake Texoma was home to the Oklahoma state record blue catfish. Taft Lake gave up the OK state record channel catfish. The state record flathead catfish was caught from El Reno Lake.


Ken Wood caught these blue catfish off the Arkansas river, near Sallisaw.

There are many species of catfish and even more ways to catch them. Adults range in size from less than a pound to hundreds of pounds. Catfish are found in all types of water including ponds, streams, lakes and rivers throughout Oklahoma. There are even species which spend a limited amount of time on dry land. Big giant catfish put up a very noble fight once hooked.

Camp out and catch some catfish!

Camping and campgrounds nearby fishing

Additional resources for catfishing information.

Catfish Conservation Group

U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournaments

Planet Catfish

Most catfish are considered bottom feeders to one extent or another. They will generally eat anything that can get in their mouth. Their strongest sense is smell which they use to locate potential food sources. Capitalizing on this sense is the primary weapon in your search for these creatures. Aggressive catfish have been caught on most types of fast moving bass lures so don't under estimate their ability to catch live bait.

Catfish fishing information for states with catfish.


Learn the lifestyle of catfish

The more you know about the seasonal migration of catfish, the easier it will be to catch catfish in Oklahoma lakes and rivers. Catfish feed on a wide variety of food sources. They can be caught on prepared baits as well as live and dead baitfish.

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Best catfish fishing lakes in Oklahoma!