Try catfish fishing in Minnesota, a premier travel destination

Try catfish fishing in Minnesota, a premier travel destination

Are you ready for something else Then try Minnesota fishing for catfish. Minnesota’s channel and flathead catfish grow tall, fight hard, and can make excellent table dishes.

There are many great catfish destinations all over Minnesota, and the Red River of North is truly a national treasure. The Red is one of the premier catfish fishing destinations in America due to its abundance of 20-pounders and the occasional giant that grows up to 30 pounds.

Similarly, the Minnesota River in the southwest offers excellent fishing for trophy flat-headed catfish. And Minneapolis-St. There is also good fishing for “cats” in Paul. The Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers in the metropolitan area are popular catfish destinations, as are many of the canal catfish-populated underground lakes.

A few things you should know about catfish. Minnesota’s flat-headed catfish live in the southern part of the state, mainly in the Mississippi below the Coon Rapids Dam, in the St. Croix River below Taylors Falls and in the Minnesota River. The state record is 70 pounds. The distribution of the channel catfish is far more widespread. His state record is 38 pounds.

Places to fish in Minnesota

A good base for the St. Croix River is near the town of Stillwater. 15 pound flat heads are relatively common in this area. Likewise, Pool 2 of the Mississippi – that part between the St Paul and Hastings dams – is a good choice. To the northwest, there is good fishing on the Red River in East Grand Forks, in downtown Fargo-Moorhead, and upstream of Fargo near the Christine and Hickson Dam. In the southwest there are flat heads just below the Minnesota River Granite Falls dam. July and August are perhaps the best months to fish for trophy flatbones as they have just completed spawning. Most flat-head fishing takes place at night and is done near wooden sticks. A good place to catch one to two pound-eating channel catfish is upstream from Montevideo. To find more places to fish and boating, use our interactive map.


A common catfish rig is a sturdy rod and reel that is loaded with a 15 to 20 pound test line. Thread the string through a 1-ounce egg countersink. Next, tie a swivel to the leash. Now tie about two feet of monofilament or fluorocarbon string to the other end of the swivel. Finish the job with by tying a 4/0 hook to the other end. Use a nightcrawler to bait the hook or cut pieces of minnow or other legal bait.

See the MN fishing regulations for information on the season and limit.