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 River is generally considered trophy waters.
Low water conditions can make boat travel difficult along the entire river, so be sure to monitor river stages before attempting to travel it. A brochure outlining the various recreational opportunities along the Grand River is available from the Missouri Department of Conservation