Chad Dawson


Chad Dawson

Cat Assassin – Dickinson, ND.

Chad learned to fish and hunt at a very young age with his father Dennis in Glasgow MT. Growing up he fished mostly for Rainbow and Brown Trout on the mighty Missouri River. He did not start actively targeting catfish until he was about 12 years old. He has never really enjoyed eating fish, which makes it easy for him to (CPR) capture, picture, and release everything he puts in the boat. Chad’s favorite part about fishing is the “fight”, that’s what makes Catfish his species of choice. The first tournament he fished was the Milk River Catfish Classic, he has been hooked in the tournament atmosphere ever since. Traveling from Glasgow, Montana to Burwell, Nebraska and everywhere in between, if there is a Catfish Tournament in this part of the country you can count him in. He also enjoys the challenge of exploring new bodies of water every summer. Chad’s favorite body of water to target Catfish is the Heart River in Western North Dakota, because it’s so close to his home in Dickinson. “Shad” Dawson is the most recent addition to the Montana Cats field staff. He was the tournament director for the annual Missouri River Catfish Clash held in Williston, ND from 2014 to 2016. If you’re looking to explore new areas to target Catfish make sure to give Chad a call.


personal records (all fish released)

Channel Cat (Hinsdale, MT) 9.9 lbs. Milk River 2010
Channel Cat (Forsyth, MT) 9.6 lbs. Yellowstone River 2011
Channel Cat 24.8 lbs. Musselshell River 2012
Channel Cat (Crooked Creek) 16.2 lbs. Fort Peck Reservoir 2012
Channel Cat (Dickinson, ND) 10.4 lbs. Heart River 2013
Channel Cat (Grand Forks, ND) 15.7 lbs. Red River 2013
Channel Cat (Malta, MT) 22.4 lbs. Nelson Reservoir 2014
Blue Cat (Texas) 46.0 lbs. Lake Texoma 12/31/14

montana tournament results

7th Milk River Catfish Classic 9.3 lbs. 26th Colton Hill
8th Milk River Catfish Classic 4.0 lbs. 30th Lars Sorensen
9th Milk River Catfish Classic 5.0 lbs. 34th Lars Sorensen
10th Milk River Catfish Classic 12.2 lbs. 9th Myles Kittleson
11th Milk River Catfish Classic 26.8 lbs. 4th Lars Sorensen
12th Milk River Catfish Classic 16.4 lbs. 17th Matt Poole
13th Milk River Catfish Classic 23.7 lbs. 15th Cade Flaten
14th Milk River Catfish Classic 24.5 lbs. 10th Cade Flaten
15th Milk River Catfish Classic 34.8 lbs. 1st Cade Flaten
5th Yellowstone Challenge 24.6 lbs. 6th Brenner Flaten
6th Yellowstone Challenge 17.29 lbs. 6th Brenner Flaten
7th Yellowstone Challenge 30.7 lbs. 2nd Brenner Flaten
8th Yellowstone Challenge Caught fish no weight
1st Monster Cat Roundup 23.9 lbs. 1st Lars Sorensen
2nd Monster Cat Roundup 13.21 lbs. 4th Lars Sorensen
3rd Monster Cat Roundup 16.22 lbs. 10th Brenner Flaten
4th Monster Cat Roundup 36.79 lbs. 1st Brenner Flaten
5th Monster Cat Roundup 12.31 lbs. 27th Brenner Flaten
6th Monster Cat Roundup 16.44 lbs. 13th Brenner Flaten
2nd MO River Catfish Clash 37.79 lbs. 1st Lars Sorensen
3rd MO River Catfish Clash 32.94 lbs. 4th Brenner Flaten
7th Savage Tournament 1.16 lbs. 33rd Mac Collins
8th Savage Tournament 0 lbs. 12th Brenner Flaten, Tyler George
9th Savage Tournament 6.5 lbs. 2nd Brenner Flaten, Cade Flaten
10th Savage Tournament 5.853 lbs. 4th Brenner Flaten, Cole Plouffe
11th Savage Tournament 7.130 lbs. 6th Brenner Flaten, Cole Plouffe

othertournament results

Burwell NE King Kat 56 lbs. 6th Jason Flaten
Cabela’s King Kat GF 11.9 lbs. 34th Brenner Flaten
16th Annual McConaughy Catfish Classic 47.38 lbs. 9th Brenner Flaten