Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish
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CHANNEL CATFISH (Ictalurus punctatus) 

OTHER NAMES: Fork Tail, speckled cat, fiddler 

ADULT FISH IDENTIFICATION: Scaleless, slender fish with deeply forked tail, and barbels around the mouth.  Back and sides are dark gray-blue with speckles on younger fish; belly is white. Sharp spines in pectoral and dorsal fins.

 DIET: Crayfish, sunfish, small fish, commercial fish food and anything they can scavenge. Once they grow to 18”-20” and 3 pounds their diet turns to strictly eating fish and commercial fish food. 

SPAWNING: Channel Catfish spawn in  late-May to July when water temperatures are 70-75̊F.  Nests are constructed in natural cavities and overhangs.  If there are no cavities in the pond bottom/banks they will not spawn in a pond.

FISHING TIPS: Channel Catfish are often caught on night crawlers, chicken livers, sunfish, fathead minnows and golden shiners.  They feed most actively at night and in the early morning. If fish in the pond are fed a commercial fish food, the Channel Catfish will come to the surface to eat the food. Once caught and released they will be extremely difficult to catch again. 

STOCKING RATE: 50-200 per acre

A $350 minimum order to one address is required to qualify for free fish delivery within 75 miles of zip code 46531. Call or e-mail for delivery quote if you are outside of that area or if the order is less than $350. Multiple fish species can be combined to meet the $350 minimum for free delivery. Any fish orders paid for via credit card and cancelled will be subject to a 20% administrative fee. We do not ship channel catfish.

Fish sizes marked with an * are in short supply and might not be available at time of order, call or e-mail for availability.  

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Price $0.85
Availability In-Stock

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