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

Catfish fishing in Georgia

Catfish Waters In GA

They're everywhere...they're everywhere. Virtually all waters in GA have catfish. Private ponds, creeks, rivers, small lakes and every major lake in Georgia has a population of catfish. For quality stringers the major lakes like Carters Lake, Chatuge Lake, Clarks Hill Lake, Lake Allatoona, Lake Burton, Lake Blackshear, Lake Chehaw, Lake Eufaula, Lake Harding, Lake Hartwell, Lake Jackson, Lake Lanier, Lake Nottely, Lake Oconee, Lake Oliver, Lake Seminole, Lake Sinclair, Lake Tobesofkee, Richard B Russell Lake and West Point Lake are a good bet.

Georgia catfish by Jody Day

Jody Day, proudly shows off this 25-pound catfish he caught from Jackson Lake in Georgia. He used bait fish to entice this danay lunker.


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 Georgia. 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.

Both the state record channel catfish and state record flathead catfish were caught in the Altamaha River. The Savannah River yielded the state record white catfish. Walter F. George Lake served up the GA state record blue catfish.

Camp out and catch some catfish!

Fishing for catfish in Georgia

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

GA State Record: 44 lbs 12 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

GA State Record: 83 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

GA State Record: 80 lbs 4 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

GA State Record: 8 lbs 10 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected catfish.

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.