10 Best Catfishing States for 2015

10 Best Catfishing States for 2015

It's a tough job picking a select group of states that provide the best opportunities for hooking whiskerfish because there are so many good ones from which to choose.

Some are happiest when they can catch and release a trophy blue cat or flathead. Others just want to catch catfish — big or small; channel, blue or flathead; many catfish fans consider an ideal fishing trip one where they can fill a stringer with eating-size channel cats; it doesn't really matter. It's the fun of catching them that counts.

The ideal solution, it seems, would be including states that together offer a wide variety of catfishing opportunities. Some encompass rivers or lakes well known for producing trophy-sized fish: 20-plus-pound channel cats, flatheads topping 50 and blues that may weigh 75 pounds or more.

Others have earned well-deserved reputations for fast action, with the likelihood that savvy anglers can hook and lands dozens of smaller but fun-to-catch pole benders in waters ranging from little ponds and city lakes to huge reservoirs and rivers.

Fortunately, most allow anglers to take their pick: going geared up for monsters or choosing instead to target smaller, more plentiful cats destined for the fish fryer.

If your favorite state doesn't appear on my list, don't consider it an affront. While the title says "10 Best Catfishing States," that doesn't mean that other states don't offer great opportunities for catching these popular sportfish.

It is, though, a top 10 list, so 10 it must be. And without doubt, the following states serve up blue-ribbon catfishing opportunities that should keep any angler happy, regardless of their goals.

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