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All about fishing for flathead and channel catfish in PA.

Catfish fishing in Pennsylvania

Big catfish tend to be caught in rivers, especially rivers that flow into major lakes. Allegheny Reservoir, Blue Marsh Lake, Cross Creek Lake, Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, Green Lick Reservoir, Keystone Lake, Lackawanna Lake, Lake Arthur, Lake Wallenpaupack, Marsh Creek Lake, Octoraro Lake, Pymatuning Lake, Raystown Lake, Shawnee Lake, Shenango River Lake, Tamarack Lake, Yellow Creek Lake and Youghiogheny River Lake all have healthy populations of catfish. Smaller lakes, ponds and parks may also have catfish.

River systems offering catfish include Allegheny River, Monongahela River, Ohio River, Schuylkill River and Susquehanna River.

Catfish in Pennsylvania

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 35 lbs 3 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 56 lbs 3 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

The state record channel catfish was caught out of Lehigh Canal.

The Schuylkill River, East Falls, gave up 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 Pennsylvania. 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.

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.

 

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