Spawning: Begins when water temperatures reach the mid-70s. Nests are secluded in natural cavities, banks, and burrows.
Food: Insect larvae, crayfish, mollusks, and small fish.
Adult Size: Most range from 18-28 inches. Can reach 10 pounds or more, especially in large river systems and productive lakes.
Identification: Channel catfish are scaleless and have slender bodies, deeply forked tails, barbels around the mouth, and curved anal fins with 24-30 rays. Color varies, but is generally bluish-silver on the upper half of the body and silver to white on the lower half. Most young fish have spots on the body. They have sharp spines in the dorsal and pectoral fins.
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