Lewis and Clark Lake Catfish
Lewis and Clark Lake Channel and Flathead Catfish Regulations (For more information on Missouri River Regulations, see the 2013 Fishing Handbook, pages 16-18)
These regulations apply to waters of the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam upstream to the South Dakota/Nebraska border where the river becomes entirely in SD..*
- 5 fish daily/ 10 possession- channel and flathead catfish (each)
*No daily or possession limit from the SD/Nebraska border upstream to Fort Randall Dam.
Channel catfish may be the best kept secret of the Missouri River reservoirs!Lewis and Clark Lake is no exception with excellent numbers and sizes present. In 2012, channel catfish abundance was average in the lake portion; however, hoop net catches in the Springfield area were higher than average suggesting higher abundance in the Springfield area. Additionally, there was a strong year class produced in 2010, which will likely result in increased catch rates of smaller catfish in 2012.
Flathead catfish are present in Lewis and Clark Lake and can provide angling opportunities for those willing to search for them. In 2012, flathead catfish up to 26 inches and 8 pounds were sampled; however, surveys from recent years have produced flatheads over 25 pounds!