Catfish in the Metro

Minnesota DNR Fisheries has been stocking a number of metro lakes with Channel Catfish since 1997. Some catfish stocked are yearling size (6 to 10 inches) and some are stocked as adults in the 1 to 3 pound range. Yearling catfish reach harvestable size in about two years, though they can be caught the same year they are stocked.

Catfish are a fun species to catch and popular fish to eat. Channel Catfish can be easy to catch if you use the right techniques. Live bait such as worms and minnows work good as well as stink baits. Other popular baits are chicken livers, cheese and shrimp. Try fishing around cover such as docks or trees in the water. Know the difference between Channel Catfish and bullheads, look for the forked "V" shaped tail of the Channel Catfish.

Channel catfish.

 

 

If you are interested in channel catfishing, try Minnesota's rivers or check out this clickable map of metro catfish lakes!

Catfish lakes map Valley Lake, Lakeville Wood Park Lake, Burnsville Carlson Lake, Eagan Simley Lake, Inver Grove Heights Gun Club Lake, Inver Grove Heights Colby Lake, Woodbury Tanners Lake, Oakdale Peltier Lake, Lino Lakes Island Lake, Shoreview Long Lake, New Brighton Silver Lake, North Saint Paul Tanners Lake, Oakdale Crooked Lake, Coon Rapids Rebecca Lake, Hastings Golden Lake, Circle Pines Riverpointe Lake, Watertown McColl Lake Webber Lake, Minneapolis Loring Pond, Minneapolis Youth Fishing Pond, Bloomington Hogback Ridge, Bloomington Powderhorn Lake, Minneapolis Bennett Lake, Roseville Como Lake, Saint Paul Beaver Lake, Saint Paul Loeb Lake, Saint Paul