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All about fishing for white and channel catfish in NY.

Catfish fishing in New York

Catfish lakes and reservoirs In New York

Some of the major NY lakes with catfish include Blue Mountain Lake, Conesus Lake, Cranberry Lake, Indian Lake, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Placid, Long Lake, Oneida Lake, Piseco Lake, Raquette Lake, Schroon Lake and Tupper Lake. Smaller lakes, rivers and ponds also contain 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 New York. 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.

The New York state record channel catfish came from Lake Lauderdale. New Croton Reservoir served up the NY state record for white catfish.

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Fishing for catfish in New York

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

NY State Record: 32 lbs 12 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

NY State Record: 10 lbs 5 oz

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Additional resources for catfishing information.

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.


Learn the lifestyle of catfish

The more you know about the seasonal migration of catfish, the easier it will be to catch catfish in New York lakes and rivers. Catfish feed on a wide variety of food sources. They can be caught on prepared baits as well as live and dead baitfish.

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