Learn About Fishing For Catfish In Colorado
All about fishing for blue and channel catfish in CO.
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 Colorado. 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.
Catfish Waters In Colorado
Many major lakes in Colorado have a population of catfish. Try your luck at Adobe Creek Reservoir, Aurora Reservoir, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Bonny Reservoir, Chatfield Reservoir, Cherry Creek Reservoir, Echo Canyon Reservoir, Hertha Reservoir, John Martin Reservoir, Lathrop State Park, Navajo Reservoir, North Sterling Reservoir, Pueblo Reservoir, Sloan Lake and Standley Lake. Enjoy additional information in this article about Catfish Fishing in Colorado.
River systems with catfish
Arkansas River, the Colorado River, the Yampa River and most other rivers in the state offer catfish angling options.
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 43 lbs 6 oz
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 30 lbs 9.6 oz
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 24 lbs 7.7 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
State Record: Unknown
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What's the best bait for catfish in Colorado?
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.
Aurora Reservoir served up the state record channel catfish.
The state record flathead catfish came from Pueblo Reservoir.
Pueblo Reservoir was home to the state record blue catfish.
Additional catfishing information resources.
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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.
Information for states with catfish.
Learn the lifestyle of catfish
The more you know about the seasonal migration of catfish, the easier it will be to catch catfish in Colorado lakes and rivers. Catfish feed on a wide variety of food sources. They can be caught on prepared baits as well as live and dead baitfish.