Kentucky Catfish Fishing
All about fishing for flathead, blue, white and channel catfish in Kentucky.
Catfish Waters In KY
Barren River Lake, Cedar Creek Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Dewey Lake, Fishtrap Lake, Grayson Lake, Green River Lake, Guist Creek Lake, Herrington Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Lake Malone, Laurel River Lake, Nolin River Lake, Paintsville Lake, Rough River Lake, Taylorsville Lake, Wood Creek Lake and Yatesville Lake all have a healthy population of catfish. Rivers, streams, private ponds and most smaller lakes also contain catfish.
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
KY State Record: 32 lbs 0 oz
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
KY State Record: 97 lbs 0 oz
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
KY State Record: 104 lbs 0 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
KY State Record: 3 lbs 11 oz
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The Kentucky state record blue catfish came from the Ohio River in the Cannelton Dam tailwaters. The state record channel catfish came from a private pond. The Green River was home to the state record flathead catfish. Guist Creek Lake was home to the state record white catfish.
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 Kentucky. 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.
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.