Learn About Fishing For Catfish In South Carolina
All about fishing for flathead, blue, white and channel catfish in SC.
Most waters in SC have catfish of one or more species. Most all the major lakes in South Carolina, including Fishing Creek Lake, Clarks Hill Lake, Fishing Creek Lake, Lake Blalock, Lake Bowen, Lake Greenwood, Lake Hartwell, Lake Jocassee, Lake Marion, Lake Monticello, Lake Moultrie, Lake Murray, Lake Wylie, Parr Reservoir, Lake Russell and Wateree Lake have significant populations of catfish. Major rivers, ponds and creeks across the state are also populated with catfish.
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz*
State Record: 58 lbs 0 oz*
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 84 lbs 9.6 oz
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 113 lbs 8 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 12 lbs 2.9 oz
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What's the best bait for catfish in South Carolina?
Choose from the top 5 all-time catfish baits and try them on local waters. Appealing to the keen sense of smell and taste could turn a so-so day into a memorable event.
South Carolina State Record Catfish
The state record channel catfish was caught from Lake Moultrie.
The state record flathead catfish came from the Cooper River.
The state record blue catfish came out of Lake Moultrie.
The state record white catfish came out of Lake Murray.
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 South 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.
Additional catfishing information resources.
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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