: Grand River: Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
water level falling and muddy; flathead catfish fair; channel catfish and blue catfish good; all other species good.
Reported by: Missouri Dept of Conservation
Lures & Spinners
Channel catfish are the most sought after fish on Grand River and its major
tributaries. Any type of cover or deep hole attracts channel catfish. Several
baits are effective depending on the time of year. Cut baits such as shad sides
or shad gizzards are especially effective in the late winter or early spring.
Crayfish, night crawlers, or commercially prepared baits are effective
throughout the rest of the year. Fishing with live bait such as goldfish, carp
or sunfish may produce a flathead or blue catfish weighing over 30 pounds. Large
catfish are caught throughout the river; however, the lower Grand is generally
considered trophy waters.