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Fish Identification

Channel catfish

Channel catfish have dark blue to olive backs with pale to yellowish sides and bellies, and scattered dark spots that often disappear in large fish. They have a deeply forked tail, an overhanging upper jaw, dark chin whiskers, and an anal fin with a curved margin. They are most similar to blue catfish, which do not have spots, have pale chin whiskers, and a long straight margin on the anal fin. White Catfish have pale chin whiskers, a shallowly forked tail, and lack spots.

Scientific Name:  Ictalurus punctatus

Adult size: 10-50 inches

Distribution: Found in warm waters throughout the state

Current State Record Information

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