channel catfish


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

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Check out this huge channel catfish caught by Ahmed Majeed in Green Lake, in Seattle on Saturday. Sean Quinton, The Seattle Times, "‘Oh my god’: Giant 45-pound catfish caught in Green Lake," 19 June 2018 With bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish of all sizes stocking the ponds, young anglers could catch almost anything. Rachel K. Hindery,, "Dreams come true at Park Ridge Park District's 'Gone Fishin’ Derby'," 2 July 2018 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is stocking 18 lakes and ponds across Texas with thousands of channel catfish April 17-20. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Catfish to be stocked in lakes, ponds across the state, thanks to Texas Parks and Wildlife," 13 Apr. 2018 The second was likely the largest channel catfish ever caught in our state. Sean Quinton, The Seattle Times, "‘Oh my god’: Giant 45-pound catfish caught in Green Lake," 19 June 2018 Working his guide magic at Choke Canyon for the last decade, Catfish Marv has developed a special knack of hooking up clients with 25-fish limits of the tasty blues and their channel catfish cousins. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Hot weather cats: Choke Canyon angling kicks into summer mode," 5 July 2018 Largemouth bass up to 15 inches, channel catfish up to 18 inches and bluegill were recovered and relocated to 88-acre Benjy Kinman Lake in Henry County, located between Louisville and Cincinnati. Nancy Daly,, "Fish moved from lake at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site," 4 July 2018 Smallmouth, channel catfish, and walleye have been the most productive. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: With summer settling in, morning bite is best most places," 27 June 2018 Kentucky Fish and Wildlife stocks the lake at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site with channel catfish every other year and Big Bone Creek, downstream of the leaking dam, with rainbow trout three times each year. Nancy Daly,, "Fish moved from lake at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site," 4 July 2018

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1820, in the meaning defined above

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