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Blue Catfish

They are the largest of the species, some topping out in excess of 120 pounds. and found mainly in large river systems and reservoirs, though they do inhabit small feeder rivers during the spawn. They mainly thrive in larger rivers with a relatively moderate to swift current flow. Like the Mississippi river and tidal waters like the James river in Virginia and the Potomac river in Maryland plus they have been introduced and are also thriving in some larger lakes throughout the country. Blue catfish will stay active and feed throughout the year.

Their preferred habitat in large rivers, is the deeper areas that have a moderate to strong current. Within these areas, blue catfish generally seek out deep holes with abundant cover that provide relief from strong currents, but they also like to roam the open water to feed, Look for outside bends in rivers, tail waters below dams, creek mouths, humps and mussel beds are all common blue cat locations. In large reservoirs, they inhabit many of the same features as they do in rivers: deep, secluded areas with plenty of brush and other natural or man-made cover. The absence of current in many reservoirs causes blue catfish to roam the open water to cover more area when actively searching for food, which often brings them shallow during peak feeding periods. Therefore, they often seek areas that provide both the security of deep water and the easy access to shallow feeding areas. Blue catfish can be caught day or night.

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish are one of the most known to the masses and is the most common sought after catfish by catfish anglers. They live from the northern states all the way into the southern states, And from the East coast to the West Coast with the exception of only a few areas. The channel catfish color can vary in color, depending on the water conditions it in habits, but most will start out with bluish gray with almost silver sides with small black dots. The color will change as it matures. Some larger channel catfish will be mistaken for a blue catfish however the anal fin on the channel catfish is much shorter than the blue catfish, and the tail has a deep fork in it. Channel catfish are the most opportunistic catfish when it comes to feeding, by that I mean they will hit most anything smelly or dead! Such as man-made cheese or blood baits, chicken livers, shrimp, and cut bait.

Flathead Catfish

Is the most eluding catfish that anglers will pursue, due to their habitat need for heavy cover, feeding habits and their appetite for a live meal. Depending in the region you live the flathead catfish can be called different names! Such as yellow cat, shovel head cat or mud cat. The fish can be found throughout the central and south central U.S., and thrives in viable habitats ranging from large rivers and reservoirs to small streams. The flathead is a very predatory fish, preferring live bait over any other type of fishing bait. Fresh caught live shad and bluegills, injured minnows, and night crawlers are among their preferred baits, but flatheads will also hit a fresh piece of cut bait as well. Keep in mind though the flathead are home bodies, they like to lay in cover in the day light and generally will only stray out away from home and actively feed at night. Although a flathead might not actively pursue feeding in the daytime, they are just like all other species of catfish, they are opportunistic feeders. Flathead catfish are one of the largest growing catfish in North America, with weights exceeding 60 pounds.

We hope this helped you learn a little more about catfish.