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Lake Francis Case Channel Catfish

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Lake Francis Case Channel Catfish Regulations: There is no daily or possession limit on channel catfish on Lake Francis Case.

Channel catfish are found throughout LFC. They are plentiful but often overlooked by most anglers. LFC catfish are slow growing and long lived. Catfish in the angler harvest during 2014 averaged nearly 15 inches long (7 or 8 years old) while average length in gill net samples was over 16 inches. Shore fishing with live, cut, or stink bait is an effective method to catch catfish, especially in the summer. Fishing in the backs of large bays and on mud-flats with a variety of baits such as night crawlers, minnows, and commercially prepared baits has proven successful. Most channel catfish caught on Lake Francis Case are incidental catches by walleye anglers. While channel catfish from Lake Francis Case’s clean, cool water provide great table fare, less than 1% of anglers fishing LFC in 2014 specifically targeted channel catfish.  Estimated harvest of channel catfish in 2014 was 11,784.  Anglers willing to change a few tactics and specifically target channel catfish are in for a great fishing trip. Channel catfish are easy to catch and excellent to eat! The chart below illustrates the sizes of channel catfish in the Lake Francis Case population.

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