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All about fishing for flathead, blue, white and channel catfish in North Carolina.

Catfish fishing in North Carolina

Catfish Waters In NC

North Carolina presents ideal conditions for catfish and most waters in the state have one or more species of catfish. The major lakes with healthy populations of catfish include Apalachia Lake, Badin Lake, Belews Lake, Blewett Falls Lake, Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, Harris Lake, High Rock Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Hyco Lake, Jordan Lake, Kerr Lake, King Mountain Reservoir, Lake Gaston, Lake Glenville, Lake Hickory, Lake James, Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Nantahala, Lake Norman, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Tillery, Lake Waccamaw, Lake Wylie, Mayo Reservoir, Mountain Island Lake, Moss Lake, Phelps Lake, Roanoke Rapids Lake, Shearon Harris Reservoir and W Kerr Scott Reservoir. Most ponds, creeks, rivers and smaller lakes also have catfish.

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 North Carolina. 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.

Falls Lake, North Carolina

North Carolina state record blue catfish was taken from Lake Norman, the state record channel catfish came from Fontana Reservoir, the Cape Fear River gave up the state record flathead catfish and Lake James yielded the state record for white catfish.

Camp out and catch catfish!

Fishing for catfish in North Carolina

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

NC State Record: 40 lbs 8 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

NC State Record: 78 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

NC State Record: 117 lbs 8 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

NC State Record: 13 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 North Carolina!