Minnesota Catfish Fishing
All about fishing for flathead, blue and channel catfish in MN.
Rivers are notorious for serving up monster catfish and many state record catfish come from rivers all across America. For larger schools of catfish and to fulfill your desires for a fish fry, try some of the larger Minnesota lakes including Lac Qui Parle Lake and Lake Traverse.
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 38 lbs 0 oz
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 70 lbs 0 oz
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 52 lbs 8 oz
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What's the best bait for catfish in Minnesota?
Choose from the top 5 all-time catfish baits and try them on local waters. Appealing to the keen sense of smell and taste could turn a so-so day into a memorable event.
Minnesota State Record Catfish
The state record channel catfish was caught from the Mississippi River.
The state record flathead catfish came from the Saint Croix River.
The unofficial state record blue catfish came out of the Minnesota 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 Minnesota. 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.
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.
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Information for states with catfish.