Over the past few years Lake Springfield has become home to the big blue catfish. In 2005 and 2006, catfisherman, and woman started bringing blue catfish back to Lake Springfield from the Mississippi River. Over four months, 137 blue catfish were stocked ranging from 3 to 57 pounds. Thats not counting the big ones brought back before permission was granted to put them in the lake. I attended last months catfishing tournament on may 16th, where the biggest fish caught was a 64lb blue cat. Second place had a 30 lb blue. I personally have caught a 35lb blue out of Lake Springfield, which is my personel best. The same week I witnessed a 52lb blue caught. So for those of us who dont have the boats to fish the big river, and dont want to travel far to fish, Lake springfield is a great place to catch a big fish.