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Florida Catfish Fishing

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

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Catfish fishing in Florida

Catfish Waters In FL

Some of the other major lakes with quality populations of catfish include Blue Cypress Lake, Crescent Lake, Crooked Lake, Deerpoint Lake, East Lake Tohopekaliga, Jim Woodruff Reservoir, Lake Apopka, Lake Conlin, Lake Eustis, Lake George, Lake Griffin, Lake Harris, Lake Harney, Lake Hatchineha, Lake Istokpoga, Lake Jackson, Lake Jessup, Lake Kissimmee, Lake Marian, Lake Miccosukee, Lake Monroe, Lake Newnan, Lake Okeechobee, Lake Santa Fe, Lake Seminole, Lake Talquin, Lake Tohopekaliga, Lake Wier, Lake Weohyakapka, Newnans Lake, Rodman Reservoir, St. John's River and Tsala Apopka Lake.

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 Florida. 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 big catfish!

For big catfish, the rivers seem to be your best bet. The Apalachicola River holds the state record for flathead catfish and the Withlacoochee River served up the state record white catfish. The state record channel catfish came from Big Bluff Lake. The Choctawhatchee River was home to the FL state record blue catfish.

Fishing for catfish in Florida

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

FL State Record: 45 lbs 8 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

FL State Record: 55 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

FL State Record: 64 lbs 8 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

FL State Record: 18 lbs 14 oz

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Additional catfishing information resources.

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.