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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Bluehead sucker
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Emerald Shiner
Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Kokanee
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Rudd
Sacramento Perch
Sauger
Saugeye
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Splake
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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FishExplorer Lakes with Channel Catfish
Adams County Fairground Lakes
Adobe Creek Reservoir (Blue Lake)
Allen Park Lake
Arapaho Bend Ponds (FC)
Lake Arbor
Arvada Reservoir
Aurora Reservoir
Avery Pond
Barnum Park Lake
Barr Lake
Bear Creek Ponds
Lake Beckwith
Berkeley Lake
Big Thompson Ponds
Bingham Lake-Pinery Reservoir
Birdland Lake (Jack B. Tomlinson Park)
Boedecker Reservoir
Boulder (Longmont) County Fairgrounds Lakes
Boulder Ponds
Boulder Reservoir
Boyd Lake
Brighton City Park Lake
Brush Hollow Reservoir
Centennial Park
Chartiers Pond (Brush SWA)
Chatfield Reservoir
Cherry Creek Reservoir
Cherry Knolls Pond
City Park Lake (Denver)
Civic Center Park Lake (Thornton)
Community College Pond
Connected Lakes
Cottonwood Lake (Pearl Parkway Boulder)
Cottonwood Park Lake (Kipling & Jewell)
Crawford Reservoir
Crown Hill Lake
DePoorter Lake
Dixon Reservoir
Doty Park Pond
Douglas Reservoir
Eastman Park
Echo Canyon Reservoir
Elaine T. Valente Open Space
Elkhead Reservoir
Flagler Reservoir
Frank SWA
Garland Park Lake (Lollipop Lake)
Lake Geneva
Golden Meadow Park (Ft. Collins)
Grandview Ponds
Grasmere Lake
Harriman Lake
Harvey Gap Reservoir
Hasty Lake
Lake Henry
Highline Lake
Holbrook Reservoir
Home Lake
Horse Creek Reservoir
Horseshoe Reservoir (Lathrop SP)
Hunters Glen Lake
Huston Park Lake
Hyland Ponds
Jackson Lake
Jim Baker Reservoir
Joe Moore Reservoir
John Martin Reservoir
Johnstown Reservoir
Jumbo Annex (Red Lion SWA)
Jumbo Reservoir (Julesburg)
Kendrick Reservoir
Kenney Reservoir
KOA Lake
Lagerman Reservoir
Lon Hagler Reservoir
Lonetree Reservoir
Loomiller Park Pond
Louisville (Warembourg) Fishing Pond
Lake Loveland
Loveland Service Center Pond
Lowell Ponds
Mack Mesa Lake
Main Reservoir
Martin Lake
McCall Lake
McIntosh Lake
McKay Lake
McMurry Ponds
Mead Ponds
Meadow Park Lake
Lake Meredith
Milavec Reservoir
Lake Minnequa
Monument Lake (El Paso County)
Narraguinnep Reservoir
Navajo Reservoir
Nee Gronda Reservoir
Nee Noshe Reservoir
North Shields Ponds
North Sterling Reservoir
Olney Springs
Otero Pond
Overland Trail Park Pond
Palmer Lake
Pella Crossing
Pikeview Reservoir
Pomona Lake
Portner Reservoir (Fossil Creek)
Poudre Ponds
Prewitt Reservoir
Prospect Lake (Colorado Springs)
Prospect Ponds (FC)
Pueblo Reservoir
Puett Reservoir
Quail Lake
Queens Reservoir
Redstone Park Pond
Rio Blanco Lake
River's Edge and Jayhawker Ponds
Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Rocky Mountain Lake
Rotella Park Pond
Runyon/Fountain Lakes
Salisbury Park
Sanchez Reservoir
Sheldon Lake (City Park)
Simpson Ponds SWA
Sloan Lake
Smith Lake (Lar. Cty.) (Boxelder #3)
Smith Reservoir (Lakewood)
Soda Lakes
Spratt-Platte Lake
St. Vrain State Park (Barbour Ponds)
Stalker Lake
Standley Lake
Stearns Lake
Summit Reservoir
Sweitzer Lake
Tamarack Ranch Pond
Teller Reservoir
Thomas Reservoir
Thornton Gravel Ponds #2 & #3
Thornton Rec Center Lake
Thurston Reservoir
Totten Lake
Trinidad Reservoir
Turks Pond
Twin Lakes Park Ponds
Two Buttes Reservoir
Union Reservoir
Walden Ponds
Watson Lake
Webster Lake
Wellington Reservoir #4
Westminster City Park Pond
Willow Springs Ponds
Windsor Lake
Wonderland Lake
FishExplorer Rivers with Channel Catfish
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Channel Catfish
Channel catfish are easily distinguished from most catfish by their deeply forked tail fin, except for Blue catfish which are similar. Their coloration is typically a dark grayish to slate along the back shading lighter to a white underside. Frequently channels are covered with small, black spots, although in large adults the spots are frequently absent. The anal fin is rounded with 24-29 rays, as compared to the straight edged fin of a blue with 30 or more rays.
 
Sexual maturity usually occurs 3-6 years, generally by 12 inches in length. Spawning occurs when water temperature reach 70 degree, generally early summer. Channels are nesting fish, and the preferred sites are cavities in most any type of structure, even an old bucket will do.  Once the gelatinous mass of eggs are laid, the male protects them until they’re hatched and for about a week longer after that. 
 
As omnivores, channel cats feed on a large variety of items, including insects, mollusks, crustaceans, fish, and even some plant material.  While they do scavenge, their preference is for living food.  They are definitely a top end predator. Although channels feed mostly at night, and are most active from sunset into the early evening, they can be caught at all hours.


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