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Channel Catfish Details
Name: Channel Catfish
Water Type: freshwater
Latin Name: Ictalurus punctatus
Common Names: Spotted Cat, Blue Channel Cat, River Catfish, Channel Cat, Willow Cat, Forked-tail Cat, Fiddler, Spotted Cat, Lady Cat
Ideal Water Temp: 75 to 85
World Record: 58 pounds 0 ounces
Description: Ictalurus is Greek and punctatus is Latin, meaning "fish cat" and "spotted", respectively. Channel catfish are easily distinguished from all others, except blue catfish, by their deeply forked tail fin. Unlike flathead catfish, the upper jaw projects beyond the lower jaw. Coloration is olive-brown to slate-blue on the back and sides, shading to silvery-white on the belly. Typically, numerous small, black spots are present, but may be obscured in large adults. The anal fin has 24-29 soft rays, in contrast to the blue catfish which always has 30 or more rays in the anal fin. Channel catfish are most abundant in large streams with low or moderate current. Some baits of choice, hot dogs, hot dogs soaked in maple syrup, or dip in sticks
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Cooper River - North Park Drive Cooper River - North Park Drive
Added by rutgerslawfishing from the trip entitled Consecutive Mornings on the Cooper River
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# of Ratings: 1

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Burnsville Lake Burnsville Lake
Added by garycherie from the trip entitled First of 2014
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Gentle Giant caught while slip floating for Yellow Perch on a cold December evening .
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Taken out of the Connecticut River, Sunderland
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Added by hotspurcoach from the trip entitled Rancocas Creek

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