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Mississippi Catfish Fishing

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

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Catfish fishing in Mississippi

Catfish Waters In MS

Big catfish tend to come from rivers including the Mississippi River and Tennessee River. All the major lakes have one or more specie of catfish. These lakes include Aberdeen Lake, Arkabutla Lake, Barnett Reservoir, Bay Springs Lake, Bogue Homa Lake, Columbus Lake, Enid Lake, Grenada Reservoir, Lake Beulah, Lake Washington, Lake Whittington, Okatibbee Lake, Pickwick Lake, Sardis Lake and Tunica Lake.

Fishing for catfish in Mississippi

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MS State Record: 51 lbs 12 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

MS State Record: 77 lbs 11 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

MS State Record: 95 lbs 0 oz

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Catfish fishing from the bank

The Mississippi state record blue catfish was caught from the Mississippi River, Lake Tom Bailey gave up the state record channel catfish and Pickwick Lake was home to the state record flathead.

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 Mississippi. 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.