The channel cat usually has a color between brown and grey and usually has small, dark spots on its body. Like the blue catfish, its tail is forked. Unlike the blue cat, its anal fin is curved and not straight.
Channel Catfish like the lake life, but are also at home in larger rivers and ponds.
Channel Catfish have a strong sense of smell and taste, but it doesn’t bother them too much – they’ll eat just about anything!
All of the major catfish species spawn during spring or summer when the water warms to an optimal temperature. Channel spawn at 70 to 84 degrees, but 80 to 81 degrees is considered best.
- Weiss Lake: Limit consumption of catfish to 1 meal/ month due to PCB’s.
- Logan Martin: Limit consumption of catfish to 1 meal/ month due to PCB’s.
- Lay Lake: Limit consumption of catfish to 2 meals/ month due to PCB’s.
- Choccolocco Creek: It is advised to NOT eat any fish caught from Choccolocco Creek due to PCB & Mercury contamination.
The channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) is the most commonly caught and eaten catfish in the Coosa River.