Fishing in West Virginia
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.
Caught by Amber Rae Jones at Kanawha river at the boat ramp in Poca, WV. 25" Channel Cat - 8lbs.
Catfish Fishing Lakes In West Virginia
Flatheads or channel catfish swim in most waters in West Virginia.
Most of the big ones tend to be caught in rivers and the lakes
tend to serve up the best eatin' catfish. Find catfish in ponds,
creeks, rivers and lakes across th state including major lakes
like Beech Fork Lake, Cheat Lake, East Lynn Lake, Mt Storm Lake,
Stonewall Jackson Lake and Summerville Lake.
The West Virginia state record channel catfish came out of Patterson
Creek and the Little Kanawha River produced the WV state record
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.
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