Blue catfish

The Blue catfish is a part of the catfish family and is the largest of the North American catfish. It can grow up to a length of 165 centimeters and weigh up to 68 kilos. Blue Catfish are primarily bluish-gray in color and have smooth-looking skin and not forgetting the thick black four whiskers!

This catfish can live up to 20 years!

Appearance

The Blue catfish, as the name suggests, are blue in color, somewhat bluish-gray, and have a visible dorsal hump. A blue catfish and a channel catfish look almost similar! However, one can differentiate a blue catfish by the total number of rays on its anal fin. While a blue catfish typically has 30 to 36 rays, a catfish has 25 to 29 rays.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Blue catfish live in freshwater as well as brackish waters, and one can find this fish in coastal waters as well as inland. They are mainly found in the rivers of Ohio, Missouri, and also the Mississippi River.

A Blue catfish is always on the lookout for prey and eats almost everything they see. They feed mainly on crawfish, mussels, frogs, crustaceans, and other small fishes. Blue catfish also feed on vegetation, and 50% of what they eat comprises that.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

One can find Blue catfish in the nearest freshwaters or even brackish waters. But they are native and primarily found in the Mississippi River, Missouri, and Ohio, so if you happen to live in those areas, you?re in luck!

Anglers fish Blue catfish mainly on a boat. However, blue catfish can be caught even from shore!

Peak Season

The peak season of Blue Catfish is from April to June.

Best Bait

The best baits to catch a blue catfish are:

  • Shad
  • Herring
  • Suckers
  • Chicken liver
  • Crawfish
  • Shrimp