Bumps On A Channel Catfish

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by brian73, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. brian73

    brian73 New Member

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    Anyone ever seen this before? My brother caught this Channel cat this morning and it was covered in these bumps. Any ideas?

    Brian
     

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  2. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    yeah i've seen it its pretty common.i don't know what they are,we callem warts.they don't hurt the meat from what i'm told.i've only caught 1 like that,cause i rarely fish for channels anymore,my neighbor catches them every year from the flint river.channels are the only cats i've seen them on,never seen them on a yellow(flathead).where was that one caught?
     

  3. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    One of the folks posting regular on the Kansas Forum caught a cat that
    looked like that and talked with KDWP about it. Their biologists said
    it would be safe enough to eat as long as you cook it. His reply was that
    he wasn't going to eat anything with worms in it. My feeling was that
    he had been eating them worms without knowing it for years and just
    didn't know it. Sometimes you see dark specks in the meat, more often
    in crappie, bluegill and bass. Those are encysted larvae as well, but
    cooking destroys them and basically they are the same proteins as
    they absorbed from the host fish. There are parasites all around us
    and some of the worst run for office. Learn to deal with it!!
     
  4. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    Think it could be CAT POX :wink::smile2: CATFISH VERSION OF CHICKEN POX
     
  5. kyleco55

    kyleco55 Well-Known Member

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    I have caught several channels like that in indiana over the last few years. Like you, I had no idea what it was, so those channels didnt go on my stringer.. One thing I've also noticed, the ones I've caught with the bumps also look really skinny in the tail area.
     
  6. Branj796

    Branj796 Member

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    I catch them like that on a pretty regular basis. It does seem like the tail is skinny and the fish dont look as healthy as the others. The worm thing sounds like it makes sense. Some days we catch several with this problem. It seems to happen in waves. I have also seen catfish with nasty growths and stuff on them. Didnt even want to touch them. All sorts of wierd things if you pay attention and fish enough.
     
  7. ramon06

    ramon06 Well-Known Member

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    wow I have caught a few bluegills like that in my local pond recently while catching some for bait. I wouldnt even touch them, just took them off the hook with a glove and threw them back because I didnt know what it was.
     
  8. brian73

    brian73 New Member

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    It was caught at Line Creek. It's on the Fayette/Cowetta county border.

    Brian
     
  9. brian73

    brian73 New Member

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    I sent the picture to my local DNR agent and received the following email from him.

    Brian, this fish appears to have a bunch of trematode's. If you skin the fish, you will see them burrowed into the flesh. We typically see trematode's in waterbodies having a high density of freshwater mussels. Attached is a document that explains common diseases and parasites in fish, and there is a short explanation of the trematode life cycle mentioned in the document. Thanks for sharing and let me know if you have any additional questions. Ted

    He also included an attachment explaining the different types of parasites that are common in fresh water fishes. If anyone would like it, let me know and I can email it to you. It's in PDF format.

    Brian
    blcrisler@gmail.com
     
  10. Jeremy Sheffey

    Jeremy Sheffey New Member

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    looks like catfish acne to me!!
     
  11. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I thinks that normal!
     
  12. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    I have caught a few of these "lumpy" catfish in PA in the Schuylkill river other than the lumps the fish seemed healthy otherwise
     
  13. Gordhawk

    Gordhawk New Member

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    I would say that you hit the nail on the head with your diagnosis. A little Proactive and they will be good to go!!