Ictalurus punctatus, the name means “fish cat” “spotted”
Channel catfish, also known as spotted catfish, Northern catfish, lake catfish, Great Lakes catfish or fiddler, are appreciated for their food and sport value. These sleek, spotted fish cats are blueish greenish gray on their upper part, white below, and scaleless. They have long barbels around their mouth which help them be very resilient as bottom feeders, eating just about anything! With supplementary feeding on a daily basis, they grow as high as three pounds per year, doing well on pelleted food. If solely dependent upon minnows and bait-fish, they’ll grow one-half to three-quarter pound each season. They thrive in almost any condition.