Learn About Fishing For Catfish In Massachusetts
Fishing for white and channel catfish in MA.
Most waters in MA have one or more species of catfish. They can be found in most rivers, small lakes and ponds. But the major lakes like Ashfield Lake, Assawompset Pond, Cheshire Reservoir, Congamond Lake, Hamilton Reservoir, Lake Chaubunagungamaug, Lake Cochituate, Lake Garfield, Lake Rohunta, Lake Quinsigamond, Long Pond, Norton Reservoir, Otis Reservoir, Quabbin Reservoir and South Watuppa Pond hold the larger populations of catfish.
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 26 lbs 8 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 9 lbs 3 oz
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What's the best bait for catfish in Massachusetts?
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.
Massachusetts State Record Catfish
The state record channel catfish was caught from Ashfield Lake.
The state record white catfish came out of Baddacook Pond.
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 Massachusetts. 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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