Montana Catfish Fishing
All about fishing for channel catfish 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 Ashley Lake, Fort Peck Lake, Nelson Reservoir and Tiber Reservoir. Some of the rivers, ponds and smaller lakes may also have catfish.
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What's the best bait for catfish in Montana?
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.
Montana State Record Catfish
The state record channel catfish was caught from Colstrip Surge Pond.
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.
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.
Additional catfishing information resources.
Information for states with catfish.