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Maryland Catfish Fishing

All about fishing for blue and channel catfish in Maryland.

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Catfish fishing in Maryland

Catfish Waters In MD

The vast majority if fishing waters contain one or more types of catfish. Most rivers and streams as well a s ponds are likely to hold catfish. The major lakes with healthy populations of catfish include Jennings Randolph Lake, Liberty Reservoir, Little Seneca Lake, Loch Raven Reservoir, Prettyboy Reservoir, Rocky Gorge Reservoir and Triadelphia Reservoir.

Fishing for catfish in Maryland

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MD State Record: 27 lbs 15 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

MD State Record: 80 lbs 12 oz

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Catfish fishing from the bank

The Maryland state record blue catfish and state record channel catfish both came from the Potomac River.

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 Maryland. 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.