The channel catfish is very highly concerned for its food and sports value.
How to Determine a Channel Catfish
The distinct channel catfish can typically be recognized at a look by its deeply forked tail and spots on the body (though not all specimens have them). The only other catfish with forked tails occurring in the United States waters are the blue catfish and the white catfish, neither of which is ever spotted.In addition to the spotted specimens, some channel catfish might be entirely black dorsally (males during the generating season), or dark blue without spots, or even consistently light blue or silvery precisely like a blue catfish or white catfish. In the latter cases, the types can be recognized by the variety of rays in the anal fin. White catfish have 19-23 rays, channel catfish have 24-30, and blue catfish have the longest anal fin with 30-36 rays. Internally, the channel catfish has two chambers in the swim bladder and the blue catfish has three.
Where to Catch Channel Catfish
The channel catfish is currently dispersed through most of the United States and parts of southern Canada and northern Mexico. In the U.S. it is most plentiful in the main part of the country east to the Appalachians. Its occurrence is sparse along the west coast and east of the Appalachians since of its recent introduction.Channel catfish choose clean bottoms of sand or gravel in larger lakes and rivers. At spawning time they will go into and ascend small tributaries and streams.
The following list includes extra details on where to catch this fish:
CLIFFS AND STEEP SHORE BANKS
DAMS AND FALLS
INLETS AND OUTLETS
ISLANDS OR SAND BARS
PIERS, DOCKS AND PILINGS
FRESHWATER WEED BEDS
DEEP COAST WATER
FRESHWATER LAKES AND PONDS
INSIDE TURNS AND COVES
OVERHANGING TREES AND BUSHES
POINTS AND BREAK LINES
ROCK AND STONE POCKETS
PATHWAYS AND BRIDGES
HOW TO CATCH CHANNEL CATFISH
They feed primarily on crayfish, fishes, and insects normally at night in swifter moving currents.
The following are fishing methods used to catch this fish:
Channel Catfish Draws, Tackle & Bait
The following are lures, take on or bait that can be used to capture this fish:
BREAD OR DOUGH BALLS