Channel Catfish –
scientific name : lctalurus punctatus
Adult size – 15 to 24 inches -
Record size= 58 lbs.
Found in rivers, lakes, swamps, oxbow
lakes, & reservoirs.
A favorite fish food with anglers.
Feeds on insect larvae, crayfish, mollusks, small fish,
worms, and many man made baits. Likes slow to moderate
current in multiple habitats.
Also a common target fish of commercial fishermen.
Blue Catfish – scientific name :
Adult size – 18 to 24 inches – Record
size = 111 lbs.
Prefers riverine and reservoir habitats and swift currents
below dams; also congregates around submerged tree tops.
Likes sand, gravel, & rock bottoms. Blues are opportunistic
feeders, consuming live and dead fish and benthic
invertebrates. Delicious table-fair for anglers.
Flathead Catfish – scientific
name : Pylodictis olivaris
Adult size- 18 to 24 inches -
Record size = 91 lbs 4oz
Prefers flowing water over sand,
gravel, or mud substrates.
Likes underwater structures of
trees, stumps, riprap, & rock. Lives up to19 years, eats
live or dead fish, insects, and worms. Good fish food, a
favorite with many anglers.
White Catfish – scientific name
: Ameiurus catus
Adult size – 12 to 18 inches -
Record size = 18 lbs. 14 oz.
Mostly found in small rivers and
streams with slow moving turbid water with sandy and silty
substrates. Lives about 11 years. Eats small fishes,
mayflies, worms, & insects.
of all species are a favorite fish food with many anglers,
young and old. There are plenty of them, they are
fairly easy to catch, and can be caught by both bank and
boat anglers. They fight hard when hooked, and taste
great on the table with hush puppies, slaw, and many side
dishes. They can be fried, baked, grilled, used in
soups and many other dishes. They are caught by rod
and reel, trott-line, jug fishing, trolling, hand lines, and
with only hands- by a few. Some catfish species
are also raised commercially in farm ponds. Catfish
like all fish species need habit and cover to reproduce and
survive; help us build homes for fish by joining “
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