catfish color

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by catoon, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

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    any one notice over the years that the color of most cats are getting lighter or is it just me ?
     
  2. Wvawitrado

    Wvawitrado New Member

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    I think it has something to do with coming out of spawn? yeah...Thats it I think anyone?
     

  3. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    It also has to do with water clarity. The clearer the water the fish will be lighter in color.
     
  4. Wvawitrado

    Wvawitrado New Member

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    And im wrong LOL
     
  5. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    Nope, not at all. Just not the whole truth, LOL! I think there is a few factors involved.
     
  6. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    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:
     
  7. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    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::eek:oooh::smile2: Good thing I rarely ever eat fish, only the occasional Channel...:wink:
     
  8. patrickgd

    patrickgd New Member

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    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.
     
  9. GerardTheFisherman

    GerardTheFisherman New Member

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    I think it has to do with water quality and diet.
     
  10. slimdaddy

    slimdaddy Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  11. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    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.