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Fish Identification

Blue catfish

Blue catfish typically are bluish-gray above, fading to white on the sides and belly, and do not have spots. They have a deeply forked tail, an overhanging upper jaw, pale chin whiskers, and an anal fin with a long straight margin. They are most similar to channel catfish, which often have spots, have dark chin whiskers, and a curved margin on the anal fin. White Catfish have a shallowly forked tail, and a rounded anal fin.

Scientific Name:  Ictalurus furcatus

Adult size: 20-65 inches

Distribution: Native to the Coosa River basin; introduced in the Chattahoochee, Flint, Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, Satilla, and Savannah River basins

Current State Record Information

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