Fishing in Pennsylvania
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. They can be found in all types of water including ponds,
streams, lakes and rivers. 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.
Catfish Fishing Lakes In Pennsylvania
Big catfish tend to be caught in rivers. Especially rivers that
flow into major lakes. Blue Marsh Lake, High Point Reservoir, Lake
Arthur, Lake Erie, Lake
Lake, Tamarack Lake and Youghiogheny River Lake all have healthy
populations of catfish. Smaller lakes, ponds and parks may also
The PA state record channel catfish was caught out of Lehigh
Canal and the Allegheny River gave up the Pennsylvania state
record flathead 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 Organizations & Resources
U.S. Catfish Anglers
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