Catfish, Blue Shovelnoser47

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Species: 
Catfish, Blue
Location: 
Illinois
Date Caught: 
Thursday, March 21, 2019

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That's a juvenile channel catfish. Anal fin is too short and presence of spots and the fork in the caudal fin (tail) all indicate this is a healthy Ictalurus puntatus.

I truly enjoy catching new species of fish.

roughfish29's picture

I think the spots are just a little bit of dirt on the fish. The anal fin has a straight leading edge, not rounded and has way too many rays to be a Channel Cat.

roughfish29's picture

(Double Post)

Dr Flathead's picture

It's a blue cat

Graceclaw's picture

By the looks of it, you were hoping to catch its bigger brother, but this guy thought he could eat something bigger than his head!

2018 Goals:
Quillback (Check)
Musky
10#+ Flathead Catfish
5 New Standard Species (Current Count: 6 - Check)

Goldenfishberg's picture

YOUR’RE MY BOY BLUE!!!! Sweet lifer, friend!

Ya just Can't catch um from the couch.