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Lake Oahe Channel Catfish

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Channel catfish are abundant in Lake Oahe, representing 40 percent of the sample collected during 2014 gill net surveys and are found in a wide range of depths and habitats.

Excellent fishing opportunities exist, especially in the spring. Channel catfish are excellent to eat and easy to catch.

There is no daily limit and many are caught incidentally by walleye anglers.

If an angler would specifically target channel catfish, they could have high success. To effectively fish for channel catfish, an angler should fish in the back of large bays with a variety of baits such as night crawlers, minnows or commercially prepared baits.

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