Monster blues, oversized flatheads, lunker channels – they’re all out there waiting for you in the lakes and rivers on Fishhound’s “50 Best” list for catfish. Fishhound.com, one of the fastest growing membership-based websites and leading provider of real-time fishing reports, compiled its list with help from industry experts, outdoor writers, Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail, Operation Catfish, Rippin’ Lips and other authorities on the species.
“Catfish are among the most popular game fish targeted by U.S. anglers, and they inhabit countless bodies of water across the nation,” noted Rick Patri, Fishhound’s vice president of operations. “Our goal was to narrow things down to a list of the 50 top locations – lakes and rivers that offer anglers plenty of action and a shot at some trophy size, maybe even record-breaking cats.”
The current blue catfish IGFA all-tackle record stands at 143 lbs. (Virginia’s Kerr Reservoir in June 2011). The official all-tackle record for flathead catfish is 123 lbs. (May 1998, Elk City Reservoir, Kansas), while the channel cat all-tackle record is 58 lbs. (July 1964, Santee-Cooper Reservoir, South Carolina).