TOP 10 catfish spots in north america

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by FloridaCathunter, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Id have to say
    1.San-tee cooper reservoir
    2.James river
    3.Mississippi river
    4.Missouri river
    5.lake Pickwick
    6. Ohio river
    7.lake tawakoni
    8.lake texoma
    9.cedar creek reservoir
    10.Apalachicola river

    am i close what do u guys think
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  2. riverbud55

    riverbud55 Well-Known Member

    I know you missed the Red River up in Manitoba Canada, has got to be on top of the list when your talking channels

    hard to say the Mississippi river and the like are spots considering the lengths of them

  3. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

    1. Wheeler / Wilson
    2. Mississippi River
    3. Ohio River
    4. Missouri River
    5. James River
    6. Santee-Cooper
    7. Red River (north)
    8. Tawakoni
    9. Tennessee River
    10. Arkansas River
  4. J_Carter

    J_Carter Well-Known Member

    I don't see Kerr lake in Va. The Current State record of 109 was just set there in March. Beating the James. The James is a very good spot, But Kerr is too.Also, I definitely wouldn't put Santee Cooper above either of these. Just my opinion though....
  5. Guess it depends on what you are using to rank them. numbers? size? but wheeler/wilson/pick is hard to beat and the mississippi and missouri have produced some monsters. And i have to agree about the red river for the number of monster channels that come out of there.
  6. Philippe

    Philippe New Member

    You might wanna add the Cumberland river as well to that list.
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  7. lowblazah

    lowblazah New Member

  8. festus

    festus New Member

    I have never targeted catfish outside the states of Tennessee and Kentucky, so am very limited in my knowledge of other states. But just from memory from reading experiences on here and other sources such as books and outdoor magazines, I would have to take wild guess at some of these. I also think below the dams at the Land Between the Lakes are right up there.

    In no particular order:

    Little Emory River
    Emory River
    Clinch River
    Tennessee River
    Missouri River
    Santee Cooper
    Mississippi River
    Wheeler Lake
    Ohio River
    James River
  9. #1 Potato Creek
    #2 Griffin Reservoir
    #3 Thomaston Resevoir
    #4 The beaver pond off of hwy. 74
    #5 That farm pond over behind the Indian store...

    Like stated,What are you ranking them for?Quantity or quality?...

    For flatheads,the Altamaha and Ocmulgee rivers could make that list...
  10. Like Festus I have fished a few states and all up and down the Mississippi River from St.Louis to the Gulf . So I could only do a top 5

    1. Wheeler / Wilson (never fished but dream of it)
    2. Missouri River
    3. Ohio River
    4. Mississippi River
    5. Tennessee River

    Finishing the list with my area , but not the best in North America . However they are the best in my area .

    6. Carlyle Lake
    7. Rend Lake
    8. Baldwin Lake
    9. Kaskaskia River
    10. Lake of the Ozarks (MO.)
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  11. festus

    festus New Member

    Yep, I don't know how I overlooked that one myself.
  12. 1- James River
    2- Confluence of Missouri and Mississippi
    3- Mississippi
    4- Ohio River
    5- Kerr Lake
    6- Red River
    7- Santee Cooper
    8- Lake Texhoma
    9- Muskingum River (Ohio- home river)
    10- Truman Dam
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  13. Can't believe no one has mentioned the Potomac River.
  14. jkustan84

    jkustan84 New Member

    Is it really that good or does it just seem that good to us because it's the closest place to catch big blues? I'm curious now. Was thinking of taking a trip to see what it's all about.
  15. Interesting point. I think it is just overshadowed by the James River being what, 2 hours away?
  16. catfishscotty

    catfishscotty New Member

    pretty cool to see that truman dam and lake of the ozarks made the list

    I fished this area and 2 lakes alot its heaven to me for catfishing

    the number of blue cats we have is unreal for 50 lbers on down

    we are so far north for the blue cat zone I think alot of them would never reach 80 plus lbs before they die of old age a few do but not as many as other lakes on the list's

    but for numbers of blue cats per acre of water I know it has to be in the top 10 in my opinion

    we have a good population of flathead's and channels also but I dont target channels and dont see many people who do on the lakes its either blue cats or flatheads that get fished the most .

    seems the channel cats dont reach 20 lbs very often either most ive seen caught and caught myself are under 8 lbs with a few 10 to 15 lbs

    I wonder if the blue's and flathead's eat them ?? lol

    this is a cool thread !!!!! thanks Glenn for starting it .
  17. If I can catch a 54lber there, anyone can.

    Was gillnetting for gizzard shad in the morning and 4 30lbers were in the net.

    They are stacked down there like books in a library.
  18. Compared with the James where a 100 lbr is a real possibility. My Avatar, 72lbs 8 oz's. Another one that trip 62 lbs.

    The thing about the Potomac is that it is a dirty stinky river..... too close to DC.... Oooops! This isn't HI lol!
  19. J_Carter

    J_Carter Well-Known Member

    I have a guided trip lined up for the Potomac the second week in August. He told me for that time of the year it is not uncommon at all to put at least a dozen citation Blues in the boat in one night. Im definitely pumped!!