Channel Catfish

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Catfishing
The Channel Catfish is the state fish of Missouri and Kansas.

The Channel Catfish is the state fish of Missouri and Kansas.

 

Channel Catfish under a submerged log.

Channel Catfish under a submerged log.

The Channel Catfish is Common across most of the nation.  From the southern US into Canada, this catfish is found throughout the center of the country.  The Channel Catfish is found in rivers, lakes and ponds of varying levels of clarity.  It can tolerate murky water well.   It is a popular fish because it is relatively hardy and a great fighting fish.  Channel Catfish prefer cut bait or some form of stink bait.  They can also be taken on live bait such as worms or minnows.  An occasional fish will even take an artificial bait while anglers are fishing for other species of fish.  The Channel Catfish has cells on the outside of its body that can taste.  It has an enhanced sense of taste and smell making it well adapted to finding food in the murky depths.  Those who eat catfish consider the Channel Catfish one of the better tasting catfish.  The sides of the Channel Catfish are brownish with spots and are at times greyish to silver.  It has a forked tail and smaller anal fin than that of the Blue Catfish.  A 20 lb Channel Catfish is considered an incredible catch.  They are most common between 2 to 3 lbs and 16 to 20 inches in length.

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