Channel Catfish

The flathead catfish is named appropriately for it’s flat head. Other than that, it looks like other catfish with smooth skin, whiskers and long spines. These catfish can grow to 3 to 4 feet and exceed 100 pounds. They are also called ‘yellow cat’ because of their pale yellow coloration on their belly. Unlike their cousins, flathead catfish only prey on live fish. They prefer deep pools in streams, rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs, where the water is cloudy and the currents slow. Spawning time is late May thru early August when water temperatures are between 75 and 80 degrees F. They reach sexual maturity between the third and sixth year. Adults are solitary and move shallow at night to feed. Average life expectancy is 12 to 14 years.