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North Dakota Catfish Fishing

All about fishing for channel catfish in North Dakota.

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Catfish fishing in North Dakota

Catfish Waters In ND

Major lakes in ND with healthy populations of catfish include Lake Oahe and Lake Sakakawea. The Missouri River and The Red River are catfish favorites, and many other rivers, small lakes and ponds also contain catfish.

Fishing for catfish in North Dakota

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

ND State Record: 42 lbs 1 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

ND State Record: 29 lbs 6 oz

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Catfish fishing from the bank

The North Dakota state record channel catfish was caught out of Moon Lake, and the Heart River was home to the state record flathead 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 Dakota. 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.