channelcatfishChannel Catfish

The channel catfish is the most abundant catfish species in the region, being found in essentially every body of freshwater capable of sustaining fish.

They are large, exceeding 40 pounds in weight, but not nearly as large as the blue catfish which are also found here.

The San Diego County record channel catfish weighed 41 pounds and 10 ounces, while the record blue catfish totaled 113 pounds and 5 ounces.

Channel catfish are available year-round in San Diego at most of our local lakes, San Vicente (temporarily closed) and Lower Otay are typically the best producers of larger channel catfish.

Lake Records

LakePoundsMonthYearAngler
Cuyamaca28.3125November1998George Noctha
Dixon28.75January2010Paul Cannon
El Capitan20.37August1974 
Hodges35April1977 
Lower Otay33.43July1983 
Miramar31.4December2006 
Murray33.9September2005 
Poway28 1981Richard Kolas
San Vicente41.65September2004 
Sutherland24October1994 
Wohlford27November2007Jack Soup