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Michigan Catfish Fishing

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Catfish fishing in Michigan

Catfish Waters In MI

Many rivers in Michigan have catfish. They can also be found in ponds and small lakes across the state. The larger populations tend to come from some of the major bodies of water including Burt Lake, Grand Lake, Hamlin Lake, Houghton Lake, Indian Lake, Lake Charlevoix, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake St Clair, Lake Superior, Sanford Lake and Wixom Lake.

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 Michigan. 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.

Catfish fishing from the bank

The Michigan state record channel catfish was caught from Houghton Lake and the Maple River gave up the state record flathead catfish.

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Fishing for catfish in Michigan

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MI State Record: 40 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

MI State Record: 49 lbs 15 oz

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Additional resources for catfishing information.

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 Michigan 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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