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Ictalurus Punctatus

Ictaluridae

Siluriformes

Rivers, Tidal Mouths, Bends, Wrecks

2 - 4 pounds

15" - 25"

Channel Catfish Game Fish Quality Excellent
Channel Catfish Meal Quality Decent
Channel Catfish Fly Fishing Quality Poor

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish
Also Known As: Graceful Catfish, Catfish  

Guides Who Fish This Species

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Cross, SC

25ft - 6 guests

Starting as low as

$350

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Port Sulphur, LA

26ft - 8 guests

Starting as low as

$500

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West Tawakoni, TX

26ft - 6 guests

Starting as low as

$350

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Southlake, TX

22ft - 4 guests

Starting as low as

$250

Channel Catfish (Ictalurus Punctatus) Fish Description

Channel Catfish are common gamefish. However, some people have a tendency to confuse them with the Walking Catfish (Clarias Batrachus). The channel catfish, also known as the channel cat, don’t really have scales but rather have soft and slippery bodies which are covered in slime. One of its most prominent features are its whiskers or barbels which extend its range of sight to make up for its poor vision. 

While its rays are soft, the channel catfish have sharp dorsal and pectoral fins which can slash people if you’re not careful with it. The Channel Catfish have a forked tail, forming a deep letter “v”. They also have 24-29 anal fins. While they do appear black, they’re more of a light yellow, olivaceous color.

 

Channel Catfish Diet

Channel catfish are omnivorous. They usually feed at the bottom of natural waters, feasting on vegetations. But they also feed at the surface. Channel Catfish eat aquatic insects but as they grow older, they eat a variety of things such as insects, snails, crawfish, green algae, aquatic plants, seeds, and smaller fish. 

The Channel Catfish normally detects food by using their sense of taste especially in cloudy waters.

 

Channel Catfish Size

Some Channel Catfish have shown up weighing between 40-50 lbs. However, the heaviest ever recorded was 58 lbs. Though, some already have said that a channel catfish weighing at 20 lbs is amazing. 10 pounds is already considered admirable.

 

Interesting Facts about the Channel Catfish

  • A channel catfish’s body is covered with “taste buds”. They are also known to have a “swimming tongue”. Their bodies are so sensitive to amino acids – specifically L-Arginine and L-Alanine – which makes it easier to detect food.
  • Channel Catfish grow best in warm environments.
  • While Channel Catfish prefer clear waters, they’re okay too with muddy water.
  • Channel Catfish are capable of communication, using sound waves as their primary mode of communication.