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Posted on August 11, 2014 | Permalink

Local Pond Channel Cat

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

Caught this giant catfish (39 inches in length) in a local pond fishing for carp, is it a blue or a channel? If it is a channel is it close to state record?

DNR Response: Just looking at the picture I'd call it a Channel Catfish. Pond fish tend to look a little differently than their tidal or river cousins and once Channel Catfish get larger they loose that characteristic yellow/bronze color with spots. We've had some large channels that looked very blue too. The real diagnostic features of a Blue Catfish is the large head (which this one doesn't appear to have), and the straight anal fin (which we can't really see). But the tail, head and little bit of the anal fin that we can see looks like a channel. Of course, if it's in contention for any records it would have to be examined by a Biologist for definite confirmation.

Tags: Channel Catfish

Posted on February 21, 2012 | Permalink

Creek Chub?

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Antietam Creek Youth and Blind area

Got out for the first fishing trip of the year, but got a surprise fish bigger than the trout I caught earlier in the day on a trout magnet. Looks like a creek chub - but never heard of one that was 15 inches before. Could you verify the species and if it is a creek chub, what size do they grow to?
Jack Fisk

DNR Response (Joe Evans): You caught a fallfish, the largest of the minnow family east of the Allegheny Mountains. Fallfish grow to about 18 inches long. They occur in clear swift streams, rock pools, and clear lakes from New Brunswick, Canada to Virginia. Itís a great fish to catch, although not very popular for eating.

Tags: Fallfish, chub, trout

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