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

Catfish fishing in Nebraska

Catfish Waters In NE

Catfish inhabit most of the fishing waters in Nebraska. They are in many private ponds, most rivers and streams, and the vast majority of larger lakes including Bluestem Lake, Box Butte Reservoir, Branched Oak Lake, Calamus Reservoir, Conestoga Lake, Davis Creek Reservoir, Elwood Reservoir, Enders Reservoir, Glenn Cunningham Lake, Harlan County Reservoir, Harry Strunk Lake, Hugh Butler Lake, Jeffrey Lake, Johnson Lake, Kimball Reservoir, Lake Maloney, Lake McConaughy, Lake Minatare, Lake Ogallala, Lake Wanahoo, Lewis And Clark Lake, Medicine Creek Reservoir, Merritt Reservoir, Oliver Reservoir, Pawnee Lake, Red Willow Reservoir, Sherman Reservoir, Sutherland Reservoir, Swanson Reservoir, Wagon Train Lake, Wehrspann Lake, Whitney Lake and Willow Creek Lake.

Fishing for catfish in Nebraska

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

NE State Record: 41 lbs 8 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

NE State Record: 80 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

NE State Record: 100 lbs 8 oz

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Mosnter Flathead Catfish
Roger Lockhart with a monster flathead catfish.

State Record Catfish

The Nebraska state record blue catfish came out of the Missouri River near Wynot, Merritt Lake produced the NE state record channel catfish and Loup Power Canal near Genoa was home to the Nebraska 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 Nebraska. 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.

 

Fishing boats and boat rentals

Best catfish fishing lakes in Nebraska!