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
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