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12 Best States for Monster Catfish

by Keith Sutton   |  April 21st, 2014 7

There are thousands of lakes and rivers in the U.S. that produce catfish in extraordinary numbers and sizes. Creating a list of the best catfish states is like trying to pick America’s best restaurants. It’s darn near impossible, and many excellent places would surely be left out.

We’re going to give it a try, nevertheless. And we’re not just going to pick those states where you can catch lots of catfish. Most states fit that mold. We’re going to choose the 12 best states for catching trophy catfish—heavyweight blues, channel cats and flatheads that can break rods, fry drags and snap fishing line like sewing thread. If you play your cards right—if you use the right tackle and bait in the right spot at the right time—the whiskered warriors you catch in the waters of these states could very easily weigh 30 to 100 pounds…or more.

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Some states serve up superb fishing for monster channel cats—sleek, muscular giants with heads the size of boulders. Others are best known for producing gigantic blue catfish, the biggest members of North America’s catfish clan, which are known to exceed 5 feet and 200 pounds! Still others are flathead producers, churning out exceptional numbers of these beastly behemoths, some of which have mouths big enough to swallow basketballs. The very best states provide exceptional fishing for all three species.

All that’s left for you to do is pick a hotspot, make a plan, get there and go catfishing. Monster catfish await you. May luck be on your side.

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