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All about fishing for blue and channel catfish in CO.

Catfish fishing in Colorado

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 Colorado. 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 Waters In Colorado

Many major lakes in Colorado have a population of catfish. Try your luck at Adobe Creek Reservoir, Aurora Reservoir, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Bonny Reservoir, Chatfield Reservoir, Hertha Reservoir, Lathrop State Park, Navajo Reservoir, Pueblo Reservoir, Sloan Lake and Standley Lake.

Hertha Reservoir served up the Colorado state record channel catfish, John Martin Stilling Basin was home to the state record flathead catfish, and the Colorado state record blue catfish came from Pueblo Reservoir.

Fishing for catfish in Colorado

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

CO State Record: 43 lbs 6 oz

Flathead catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

CO State Record: 27 lbs 2 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

CO State Record: 24 lbs 7.7 oz

White catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

CO State Record:

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Additional catfishing information resources.

Catfish Conservation Group

U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournaments

Planet Catfish

See article about Colorado Catfishing.

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 Colorado 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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