In North America, the most common catfish is the Channel catfish. They are so numerous that Tennessee, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska have all named it as their official fish. But what separates them from other catfish species?
Channel catfish are native to fresh water areas, including reservoirs, lakes, streams, ponds, and rivers. They will usually choose a location with good breeding areas, an adequate food supply, and fairly warm temperatures. Channel cats prefer to build nests for spawning in hidden, hollow logs, rock ledges, and undercut banks, so the presence of these features may indicate a good area to look for catfish. They also prefer to stay out of the current, so you should fish for catfish near beaver dams, muskrat burrows, log jams, lake shores, deep pools, dark holes, rock ledges, weedy areas, and similar areas.
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Channel cat habitat
Tips for shore and boat fisherman
A wide variety of baits
And much more!
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