Montana Catfish Association

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Montana Catfish Association


  • Catfish Tournaments:
    • Yellowstone Challenge Catfish Tournament
    • Yellowstone Challenge Catfish Tournament
    • Yellowstone Challenge Catfish Tournament

Our Board Members

Catfish Conference 2022

Capt. John Garland | Catfish Conference® Speaker 2022

Captain John has been focusing on James River Catfishing for more than 30 years.

John is currently a sponsored pro with Bass Pro-shops on the catfish circuit and has been a member of the pro staff since 2009.

Captain John has been recognized in many competitive settings but is most proud of the following:

  • Master Angler Award
  • Expert Angler Award
  • Tournament Angler
  • Recognized by VA Governor Terry McAuliffe for fishing outreach with the Richmond Area Boys & Girls Club

In addition, Captain John volunteers with The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Wounded Warriors Program, and The Richmond Children’s Hospital.

Captain John is one of the preeminent Catfish guides in Virginia and wants you to know Screaming Reels Fishing Charters is committed to conservation, education, and helping clients make an unforgettable memory on the water by catching the fish of a lifetime.

Catfish Conference 2021

Palmetto Cats – Kevin Lakin

Sharing my faith and fishing the South Carolina Lowcountry for Big Catfish and whatever else may bite along the way!

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Comparing Catfish Baits for Different Types of Water Bodies: Lakes, Ponds, and Rivers

Discover the best catfish baits for different water bodies, including lakes, ponds, and rivers, with expert advice and proven techniques… read more

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Live Bait for Catfish Fishing: Selecting and Rigging the Best Options

Discover the best live bait options for catfish fishing and learn how to rig them for maximum effectiveness in this… read more

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Fresh vs. Frozen Bait for Catfish Fishing: A Comprehensive Comparison

Fresh vs. Frozen Bait for Catfish Fishing: A Comprehensive Comparison
This article provides an in-depth comparison of fresh and frozen bait… read more

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The Role of Scent in Catfish Fishing: Attracting Catfish with Smelly Baits

Catfish fishing is a popular pastime for many anglers around the world. It involves using different techniques and baits to… read more

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How to Create Effective and Budget-Friendly Baits for Catfish Fishing

When it comes to fishing for catfish, having the right bait can make all the difference. While there are plenty… read more

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Mastering Crappie: Biology, Life Cycle, and Behavior for Better Fishing Success

Explore the fascinating biology and life cycle of crappie fish, and understand their behavior to improve your fishing success. Discover… read more

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The science behind catfish sensory systems and how it impacts angling techniques

Discover the science behind catfish sensory systems and how it impacts angling techniques in this comprehensive guide. Master the art… read more


The Art of Crafting Homemade Catfish Bait: Recipes and Tips

Discover the secrets behind crafting the perfect homemade catfish bait. Explore various recipes, tips, and techniques for creating irresistible baits… read more

Brady Flaten –

Brady Flaten is the current President of the Montana Catfish Association. Brady’s love for Catfish spans back to the late 80’s on the banks of the Milk River. Late night episodes fishing with minnows, clam meat and crawlers led to many monster Kitties. In 1997, while attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND his attraction reached new levels. He couldn’t believe the size and number of trophy Channel Cats that were present in this body of water. He was hooked. Since that time he has done his best to increase his knowledge base surrounding this amazing fish. Reading small rivers for Channel Cats is his strength. He loves competing in tournaments and feels they have helped increase his ability as a fisherman. They have helped him explore deeper into bait, rigging and habitat options. Spending time on the water in his 2006 River Pro jet boat, there are no limitations as to where the Cats can hide. Brady is the current President of the Montana Catfish Association and the tournament director of the annual Yellowstone Challenge catfish tournament. He currently resides in Glasgow, MT with his wife Lacey and their three children (Addison, DC, and Kennedy).

Catfish Conference 2019

Spencer Bauer

Seminar Guest

Catfish Conference 2019 Speaker Spencer Bauer will give a presentation on how to make bank fishing more effective, Bank fishing tacticts, locating catfish and more. He will also reveal whats in his tackle pack and talk about his gear and how to catch a catfish from a kayak

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