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Idaho Catfish Fishing

All about fishing for flathead and channel catfish in Idaho.

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Catfish fishing in Idaho

Catfish Waters In ID

Lakes in Idaho which have standing populations of catfish, or lakes which are stocked with catfish, include the likes of Brownlee Reservoir, C J Strike Reservoir, Cascade Reservoir, Crane Creek Reservoir, Hells Canyon Reservoir, Lake Lowell, Mann Lake, Mud Lake, Paddock Valley Reservoir, Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir and Spirit Lake all have healthy populations of catfish.

Catfish caught in ID by Vincente Arredondo
Vincente Arredondo's - Payette ID.

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 Idaho. 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 from the bank

Mann Lake served up the Idaho state record channel catfish and Brownlee Reservoir was home the ID state record flathead catfish.

Camp out and catch some catfish!

Fishing for catfish in Idaho

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

ID State Record: 31 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

ID State Record: 58 lbs 8 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.


Fishing boats and boat rentals

Best catfish fishing lakes in Idaho!