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White catfish

Ameiurus catus

Catfish Family

Freshwater Fish Identification

White catfish

Common Name(s):
Forked tail cat
The sides on the white cat are blue-gray to blue-black and may be mottled. The tail is moderately forked, and the anal fin is shorter and rounder than that of Channel or Blue catfish. White Catfish have only 20 to 24 anal fin rays. The chin barbels are white or yellow. They have a blunt, more-rounded head, and they lack black spots on their body.
Similar Fish:
Blue catfish, channel catfish
Feeding Habits:
Although fish such as shad are their major food, whites also eat aquatic insects, small crustaceans, fish eggs and pondweed. They sometimes feed at night but are not as nocturnal as other catfish.
The white catfish is native to the U.S. Atlantic coastal states from about Palm Beach, Florida, to New York. It has been introduced outside the range southward into Texas and on the west coast.
White catfish live in channels, pools and backwaters in rivers or streams, mostly in sluggish current over mud bottoms. They go into swift water, but not as much as channel catfish.
Typical Size:
The white catfish are the smallest of the cats. A good size white catfish will reach a little over 10 pounds and over a foot long.
World Record:
18 pounds, 14 ounces (Source - IGFA)