Blue Channel CatFish
Size: shipped about 2"+, these will grow into the habitat they are released into
pH: 6.5 - 8.2 versatile
Native to: North America
Blue Channel cats have a small, narrow head. The back is blue-gray with light blue to silvery-gray sides and a white belly with some spots on the sides. Larger channels lose the black spots and also take on a blue-black coloration on the back which shades to white on the belly. Albinos are just that; Albino white in color with pink eyes. Males also become very dark during spawning season and develop a thickened pad on their head. They prefer some current, and deep water with sand, gravel or rubble bottoms. Blue Channel catfish also inhabit streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and ponds. They adapt well in standing water where stocked. Spawning occurs mostly in rivers and streams in the spring and early summer when waters warm to 70 to 85 degrees.
Eggs are deposited in nests secluded under banks or logs or over open bottom. The male selects the site, often a natural cavern or hole, clears the nest and guards the eggs and young. A female may lay 2,000 to 21,000 eggs that hatch in six to 10 days depending on water temperature. Males protect the fry until they leave the nest in about a week.
Feeding Habits - Feeds primarily at night using taste buds in the sensitive barbels and throughout the skin to locate prey. Although they normally feed on the bottom, channels also will feed at the surface and at mid-depth. Major foods are aquatic insects, larvaes, crayfish, mollusks, crustaceans and small fish. Small channels consume invertebrates, but larger ones may eat fish. Age and Growth - Maximum size attained in Florida is about 45 pounds. The fish's weight generally averages two to four pounds. Studies indicate 14 years as the maximum age, but some fish probably live 15 to 20 years.
Records - World Record: 58 pounds, caught in the Santee-Cooper Reservoir, South Carolina, in 1964.
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