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Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by catoon, Oct 22, 2008.
any one notice over the years that the color of most cats are getting lighter or is it just me ?
I think it has something to do with coming out of spawn? yeah...Thats it I think anyone?
It also has to do with water clarity. The clearer the water the fish will be lighter in color.
And im wrong LOL
Nope, not at all. Just not the whole truth, LOL! I think there is a few factors involved.
IMO channels have the widest variation in color. Black,grey,silver,brown, tan and green are all the colors of ones I've caught from my river. Then again the state recomends that ya don't eat em either. LOL! Guess that explains it for me.:crazy:
Thats how the Flatties are around here out of the Ohio River. The one in my avatar was caught last week and it was a yellowish orange color, real pretty colored Flattie. Katfish Ken caught one a little while back the same color. First one I had caught that color in a long time. Usually they are a brown/black mottled color. You could be onto something Big "G", the State only recommends one meal a month here...:crazy:oooh::smile2: Good thing I rarely ever eat fish, only the occasional Channel...:wink:
Thats a good question. I've often wondered about it myself.
Around here they seem to be allot more bright yellow and green the smaller they are and then when they get over 25 lbs. They start getting more dark browish on top and beige toward the bottom.
I think it has to do with water quality and diet.
ive caught them different colors all out of the same hole so it may be their diet of different fish they eat ive also caught channels out of this hole that looks like bluecats
The coloration of a catfish probably has to do with the amount of light its
eyes receive at the depth that it regularly holds at in its home range.
That way if it regularly holds in clear water it would tend to be darkly
colored and if the water was heavily silted the cat would be light colored.
It's probably mediated in the lower brain along the optic nerve posterior
to the optic chiasma and intimately innervates lower brain glands like
the pituitary. High stimulus along the pathway suppresses skin color
production through hormonal levels monitored by the liver, I imagine.