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All about fishing for flathead, blue and channel catfish in Missouri.

Catfish fishing in Missouri

Catfish Waters In MO

Monster catfish continue to come from the major rivers in MO. Catfish are abundant in major lakes like Atkinson Lake, Bean Lake, Big Lake, Blue Springs Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, Clearwater Lake, Council Bluff Lake, Fellows Lake, Forest Lake, Harry S. Truman Reservoir, Lake Jacomo, Lake of The Ozarks, Lake Springfield, Lake Taneycomo, Lake Wappapello, Longview Lake, Mark Twain Lake, McDaniel Lake, Montrose Lake, Pomme de Terre Lake, Smithville Reservoir, Stockton Lake, Table Rock Lake, Thomas Hill Reservoir as well as the Missouri River and many of the smaller lakes and ponds.

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 Missouri. 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.

80-pound Missouri flathead catfish
Glen Jensen caught this 80-pound flathead catfish
on Mark Twain Lake.

The Missouri state record blue catfish was caught from the Missouri River and the state record channel catfish came from Lake Jacomo. Montrose Lake gave up the state record flathead catfish.

Camp out and catch some catfish!

Fishing for catfish in Missouri

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MO State Record: 34 lbs 10 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

MO State Record: 77 lbs 8 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

MO State Record: 130 lbs 0 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected 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.


Fishing boats and boat rentals

Best catfish fishing lakes in Missouri!