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Florida Fish Species

Alligator Gar
American Eel
American Shad
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Bluegill
Bowfin
Brown Bullhead
Brown Hoplo
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Clown Knifefish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Flier
Florida Gar
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Ladyfish
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Mayan Cichlid
Mozambique Tilapia
Oscar
Peacock Bass
Red Drum
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Shoal Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sunfish
Spotted Tilapia
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Suwannee Bass
Threadfin Shad
Warmouth
White Bass
White Catfish
Yellow Bullhead

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FishExplorer Lakes with Channel Catfish
Lake Alfred
Alligator Lake
Lake Apopka
Lake Baldwin
Bay Lake
Bear Lake
Lake Beauclair
Big Sand Lake
Black Lake
Lake Bryant
Butler Chain
Lake Cannon
Lake Carlton
Cat Lake
Center Lake
Clear Lake
Lake Clinch
Lake Conlin
Lake Conway
Crescent Lake
Crews Lake
Cypress Lake
Lake Denham
Lake Dexter
Lake Dias
Lake Disston
Doctors Lake
Lake Dora
Lake Dorr
East Lake Tohopekaliga
Edward Medard Reservoir
Ella Lake
Lake Eloise
Lake Eustis
Lake Fairview
Lake Gentry
Lake George
Lake Griffin
Lake Haines
Lake Hamilton
Lake Hancock
Lake Harney
Lake Harris
Lake Hart
Lake Hartridge
Lake Hatchineha
Holly Lake
Lake Howard
Hurricane Lake
Lake Ida
Lake Ivanhoe
Lake Jackson (Tallahassee)
Lake Jesup
John's Lake
Juniper Lake
Karick Lake
Lake Kerr
Lake Kissimmee
Lake Lizzie
Loughman Lake
Lake Louisa
Lake Marian
Lake Mary Jane
Lake Minnehaha
Lake Minneola
Lake Miona
Lake Monroe
Lake Myakka
Newnans Lake
Lake Okeechobee
Lake Osborne
Lake Panasoffkee
Lake Parker
Lake Rochelle
Rodman Reservoir
Lake Rousseau
Sellers Lake
Lake Seminole
Shipp Lake
Starke Lake
Lake Summit
Lake Tarpon
Lake Tibet
Lake Tohopekaliga
Trout Lake (Osceola Cty)
Turkey Lake
Lake Underhill
Lake Weir
Wildcat Lake
Lake Woodruff
Lake Yale
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.


Channel Catfish in Florida

The following is courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
 
Appearance: Catfish are easy to distinguish by their whisker-like sensory barbels and a forked tail. Channel catfish have a rounded anal fin and scattered black spots along their back and sides. Males become especially dark during spawning season and develop a thickened pad on their head.
 
Habitat: Channel catfish are found throughout Florida, and spawn in holes and crevices.
 
Behavior: Primarily bottom feeders, channels also feed higher up. Major foods are aquatic insects, crayfish, mollusks, crustaceans and fish - not detritus or decaying material.
 
State Record: 44.50 lbs. Big Catch: 31 inches or 15.0 lbs.
Most Recent Channel Catfish Forum Posts
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Channel Catfish Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
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Blog: New Story by Lloyd Tackitt Has Been Posted 07.18.15 by David Coulson
Article: Fishing Vacation, 1930 07.17.15 by Lloyd Tackitt
Blog: Fifteen, But Who’s Counting? – Oh, I Am! 10.17.14 by David Coulson
Blog: Multispecies Days Are Fun 05.07.13 by David Coulson
Florida Channel Catfish Photos by Fish Explorer Members
by ksager - Lake George Catfish - 3/11/15 by lhoughta - Cats can be fun... by Knot Tied - Caught this guy at 11:30 PM, Sept 2011, canal off Lake Ida, using a shiner.