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Catfish Anglers

 

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 : Ictalurus furcatus

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.

 

 Catfish 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 “ Anglers Unlimited “ – today. 







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