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Lake Oahe Channel Catfish

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Channel catfish abundance in Lake Oahe is high and they are found in a wide range of depths and habitats. Excellent shore fishing opportunities for channel catfish exist especially in the spring.

There is no daily limit for Lake Oahe channel catfish. Many of the channel catfish caught from Lake Oahe are incidentally caught by walleye anglers. Channel catfish are excellent to eat and easy to catch. If an angler would change a few tactics and target channel catfish, they could have good 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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