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Maine Catfish Fishing

All about fishing for blue and channel catfish in Maine.

Catfish fishing in Maine

Catfish Waters In ME

With all the cold water in Maine, it doesn't make a good home for most catfish. You can find catfish in some private ponds and occasionally in the river systems, like the Kennebec River but the only serious populations of catfish are in a few major lakes including Damariscotta Lake, Flagstaff Lake, Graham Lake and Sebago Lake.

Fishing for catfish in Maine

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

ME State Record: 27 lbs 15 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

ME State Record: 80 lbs 12 oz

Catfish fishing from the bank

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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 Maine. 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.

 

Learn the lifestyle of catfish

The more you know about the seasonal migration of catfish, the easier it will be to catch catfish in Maine lakes and rivers. Catfish feed on a wide variety of food sources. They can be caught on prepared baits as well as live and dead baitfish.

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Best catfish fishing lakes in Maine!