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Freshwater Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish Fish Identification

By Paul E. Richardson / January 9, 2018

Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish

Channel Catfish

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A. Body with dark spots (spots may be absent in large adults)
B. Outer margin of anal fin rounded, and anal fin with 24 to 29 rays

Blue Catfish

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A. Body without dark spots
B. Outer margin of anal fin straight, and anal fin with 30 to 36 rays

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