channel catfish

noun

Definition of channel catfish

: a large black-spotted catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) that is an important freshwater food fish of the U.S. and Canada

called also channel cat

Examples of channel catfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the summer, the state’s 18 Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes and ponds are stocked every two weeks with channel catfish. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio area set for rainbow trout," 27 Nov. 2020 The dominant farmed catfish in the United States, a hybrid of a female channel catfish and a male blue catfish, grows faster and is hardier. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "New genetic tools will deliver improved farmed fish, oysters, and shrimp. Here’s what to expect," 19 Nov. 2020 The pan-sized rainbow trout weighed about a pound apiece, and the channel catfish were 2-pounders, with a few trophy rainbow trout and albino catfish in the mix. cleveland, "Tournament anglers catch plenty, but few big walleye: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of Oct. 16-18," 15 Oct. 2020 The Cleveland Metroparks released 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout and 600 pounds of channel catfish into the Ohio & Erie Canal ponds last Wednesday, creating a late-season fishing hot spot in the Cleveland area. cleveland, "Tournament anglers catch plenty, but few big walleye: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of Oct. 16-18," 15 Oct. 2020 The Cleveland Metroparks released 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout and 600 pounds of channel catfish on Wednesday at the Ohio & Erie Canal ponds off East 49th Street and I-77, gearing up for a weekend of family fishing. cleveland, "Walleye fishing - and competition - will be hot at Blaster Fall Brawl: Cleveland-area fishing report for Oct. 8-11, 2020," 8 Oct. 2020 Lake Capote, a little more than 15 miles from Pagosa and owned by the Southern Utes, is stocked with rainbow trout, brown trout, channel catfish and largemouth bass. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Pagosa Springs: Gateway to San Juan Mountains and base camp for anglers," 6 June 2020 Walleye and channel catfish are fishing favorites around Ohio, especially along the Ohio shoreline of Lake Erie. cleveland, "Catfish, walleye limits to be liberalized: Northeast Ohio fishing report for Thursday, July 9," 9 July 2020 With Lake Erie’s incredible walleye fishing, few anglers give channel catfish much thought. cleveland, "Mayflies are in full flight over Lake Erie, which helps those seeking walleye and perch: Northeast Ohio fishing report for Thursday, June 25," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of channel catfish

1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Channel catfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/channel%20catfish. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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