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Kansas Catfish Fishing

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

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Catfish fishing in Kansas
Catfish Waters In KS

They're everywhere. They're everywhere. Virtually all waters in Kansas have one or more species of catfish. The best stringers of catfish continue to come from major lakes including Big Hill Lake, Cheney Reservoir, Clinton Lake, Coffey County Lake, Council Grove Lake, El Dorado Lake, Elk City Lake, Fall River Lake, Hillsdale Lake, John Redmond Reservoir, Kanopolis Lake, Keith Sebelius Lake, Kirwin Reservoir, La Cygne Lake, Lovewell Reservoir, Marion Reservoir, Melvern Lake, Milford Lake, Perry Lake, Pomona Lake, Toronto Lake, Tuttle Creek Lake, Waconda Lake, Webster Reservoir, Wilson Lake and Winfield City Lake.

Fishing for catfish in Kansas

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

KS State Record: 36 lbs 8 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

KS State Record: 123 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

KS State Record: 102 lbs 13 oz

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Catfish fishing from the bank

The KS state record blue catfish was caught in the Kansas River, the state record flathead catfish came from Elk City Reservoir and the Kansas state record channel catfish was caught from Mined Land.

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 Kansas. 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 some 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.