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Massachusetts Catfish Fishing

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Catfish fishing in Massachusetts

Catfish Waters In MA

Most waters in MA have one or more species of catfish. They can be found in most rivers, small lakes and ponds. But the major lakes like Ashfield Lake, Assawompset Pond, Cheshire Reservoir, Congamond Lake, Hamilton Reservoir, Lake Chaubunagungamaug, Lake Cochituate, Lake Garfield, Lake Rohunta, Lake Quinsigamond, Long Pond, Norton Reservoir, Otis Reservoir, Quabbin Reservoir and South Watuppa Pond hold the larger populations of catfish.

Fishing for catfish in Massachusetts

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MA State Record: 26 lbs 8 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

MA State Record: 9 lbs 3 oz

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Catfish fishing from the bank

The Massachusetts state record channel catfish came from Ashfield Lake and Baddacook Pond yielded 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 Massachusetts. 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.