Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) are North America’s most widely distributed Catfish species. Channel Cats are Omnivors that are mainly bottom feeders, but are oppertunistic feaders and will eat just about anything that crosses their mouths. The average Channel Cat is about 2-4 pounds, but they can grow up to 40 pounds. They are also the most fished for of the Catfish group with over 8 million anglers in the US target them per year.

Time of year: Mid Spring through Late Fall

Flies: Streamers, Nymphs, Poppers, Catfish can go after almost any type of fly

Rod and Reel: 3-5 Weight Rod and Reel (7-9 Foot Rod with good action, and WF Sinking Tip or Floating line)

Locations: Any park Lake (Catfish season during the California DFG stocks)


Channel Catfish

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  1. Steve:

    These cats are so fun to catch in The SGR. the golf course right next to the whittier damn is filled with these kittys. nice little creek to drag them in or wait for the water level to drop and you could grab them by hand. when the creek dries up i round up all the kids so we could save them and relocate them to legg lake

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