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Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)

Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus)

 

The channel catfish varies in color from gray to olive brown.  The anal fin is curved and has 24 to 29 rays.  The young have dark spots, which fade as they grow older.  Maximum size is about 50 pounds.

 

The blue catfish varies in color from slate blue to almost white.  The anal fin is nearly straight and has 30 to 36 rays.  Blue catfish can reach weights well over 100 pounds      

 

Tennessee record Channel Catfish:  41 lbs  7/30/1982

Tennessee record Blue Catfish:  Rod & reel 112  lbs  6/7/1998

                                                       Other method 130 lbs 13/18/1976

 

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