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Montana Catfish Fishing

All about fishing for channel catfish in Montana.

Catfish fishing in Montana

Catfish Waters In MT

Unlike southern states, catfish are not in the vast majority of fishing waters here in Montana. You can still catch catfish in MT, you're simply limited to the number of options. The major lakes with healthy populations of channel catfish include Bighorn Lake, Fort Peck Lake and Nelson Lake. Some of the rivers, ponds and smaller lakes may also have catfish, but not in great numbers.

Fishing for catfish in Montana

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MT State Record: 34 lbs 13 oz

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Catfish fishing from the bank

The Montana state record channel catfish was caught out of Castle Rock 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 Montana. 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.