The Record Channel Catfish For Every State In America

The Channel Catfish is one of America’s most popular gamefish. Channel catfish swim in ponds, rivers, lakes, and creeks making them accessible to anglers across the country.

Channel catfish are known for their strong sense of smell, spunky attitude, and delicious flavor.

Here are the largest channel catfish ever recorded from every state in America:

StateWeightAnglerLakeYear
Alabama40 lbsDonald R. Cox, OneontaInland Lake1967
AlaskaN/AN/AN/AN/A
Arizona33 lb. 5 ozCarson PeteUpper Lake Mary2017
Arkansas38 lbs., 0 oz.Joe HollemanLake Ouachita1989
California53 lbs 8 ozRandall Gilgert Jr.San Joaquin River2008
Colorado43 lbs 5 ozJessica WaltonAurora Resrvoir2010
Connecticut23 lbs 6 ozAppleton BarrowsMashapaug Lake2004
DelawareN/AN/AN/AN/A
Florida44 lbs 8 ozJoe PurvisUnknown1985
Georgia44 lb 12 ozBobby SmithwickAltamaha River1972
Hawaii43 lbs 13 ozDayton MiyamuraLake Wilson, O’ahu1974
Idaho31lbsJames StackhouseRiverside Pond2018
Illinois45 lbs 4 ozTodd BaumeyerBaldwin Lake1987
Indiana37 lbs 8 ozRandy JonesLake, Vanderburgh County1980
Iowa38 lbs 2 ozDustin JonesMissouri River2005
Kansas36 lbs 8 ozRick BarnowMined Land Wildlife Area2003
Kentucky32 lbsKyle EstepOhio River2004
Louisiana55 lbsCraig DurbinRed River2008
Maine37 lbs 10 ozCole AbshereLake Terrell2019
Maryland29 lbs 10 ozKevin KernUpper Potomac River1997
Massachusetts26 lb 8ozN/AAshfield Lake1989
Michigan40 lbsN/AHoughton Lake1964
Minnesota38 LBSN/AMississippi River1975
Mississippi51 lbs 12 ozTom EdwardsLake Tom Bailey1997
Missouri34 lbs 10 ozGerald SiebenmorgenLake Jacomo1976
Montana34 lbs 8 ozDan DavenportFort Peck Reservoir2009
Nebraska41 lbs 8 ozJohn CunningMerritt Reservoir1985
Nevada21 lbs 8 ozDennis ClarkVirginia Lake2013
New Hampshire12 lbs 5 ozDave KellamConnecticut River2014
New Jersey33 lbs 3 ozHoward HudsonLake Hopatcong1978
New Mexico36 lbs 8 ozJulie KulhanStubblefield Lake1999
New York32 lb 12 ozJulie KulhanN/A
North Carolina23 lbs 4 ozE.J. BowdenCity Lake1970
North Dakota42 lbs 1 ozTina WillisMoon Lake2009
Ohio37 lbs 8 ozGus J. GronowskiLaDue Reservoir1992
Oklahoma35 lbs 15 ozGary Doak Jr.Taft Lake2005
Oregon37 lbs 8 ozBoone HaddockMcKay Reservoir1980
Pennsylvania35 lbs 3 ozAustin E. RothLehigh Canal1991
Rhode IslandN/AN/AN/AN/A
South Carolina58 lbsW.H. WhaleyLake Moultrie1964
South Dakota30 lbs 1 ozDrew MatthewsFarm Pond2019
Tennessee41 lbsClint Walters, Jr.Fall Creek Falls Lake1982
Texas36 lbs 8 ozMrs. Joe CockrellPedernales River1965
Utah32 lbs. 8 oz.LeRoy MortensenUtah Lake1978
Vermont35 pounds, 15 ouncesRobert ScottLake St. Catherine2012
Virginia32 lbsHugh WyattLake Chesdin1980
Washington37 lbs 11 ozCole AbshereLake Terrell2019
West Virginia33 lbs 7 ozMichael SearsPatterson Creek2005
Wisconsin44 lbsN/AWisconsin River1962
Wyoming28 lbs 8 ozChristian Cosby.Flaming Gorge Reservoir2019

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