Channel Catfish Photo.

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The channel catfish picture shown below is a close up picture showing you exactly what a channel catfish looks like.

How to identify a channel catfish? Forked tail and whiskers are common traits of the channel catfish, and the bottom is much lighter then the top.

Some characteristics of channel cats include having black spots all over when they are small, having whiskers along their mouth, forked tail, ranging colors from white to grey to blue, having stinger type fins along the side and top dorsal fin, and having skin instead of scales. (Always remember when releasing fish to get them back into the water as soon as possible and not over handle them, so the fish do not die after being released. Just because the fish swims away does not mean it actually survived. Maybe in the future when you are fishing it will bite your line again when its much larger!).

How to identify different types of catfish? One of the easiest ways to tell the difference between channel catfish, blue catfish, and flathead catfish is that flathead catfish have the lower jaw extended further out and a much flatter head, and also the square type of tail much like a bullhead would have. These are the easist to identify. Channel catfish and blue catfish do look similiar, but blue catfish get much larger. For example a channel catfish over 30 pounds would be rare, but if you extend the anal fin you will see a blue catfish has a straight edge while channel catfish would be curved. Blue catfish can also be a blueish black color, but not always. Smaller channel catfish will have black dots along the side that disappear as they get larger.