Catfish life

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by tigdewalt, May 28, 2008.

  1. tigdewalt

    tigdewalt New Member

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    State:
    ky
    How long do catfish live?
    what is their average weight gain per year?
    I ask cause as my kids get older I try to teach them conservation and this is info they can relate to when deciding on which to keep and which to not keep.

    THanks in advance for any info.
     
  2. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    State:
    KS
    Welcome to the BOC Ed. Fish growth is relative to location and forage. Some parts of the country grow bigger cats faster than others. The temperature plays a big role in that. Also forage population is a big factor. Most waters that have an abundance of shad or skipjack grow big cats faster. They ususally dont grow too incredibly fast. Any trophy cat is probably atleast 10 years old, up to over 30.Its usually 4 or 5 years before a cat reaches 5 lbs. After that they have more options for food and probably grow faster. Tell your kids that bigger fish lay more eggs and have better holes to raise the fry in. IMO that is one of the best reasons for CPR.They definatley do not get big overnight, and to keep big ones in our waters we all need to do our part.
     

  3. rob128146

    rob128146 New Member

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    State:
    Rockwell, North Carolina
    Catfish Growth Charts​

    There are several charts and variations thereof included here. Find the one that best suits your needs.
    Typical Length by Age:
    Age



    (in Years)

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    Length
    (in inches)

    5.2

    11.1

    14.7

    18.3

    22.1

    25.5

    28.8

    30.6

    32.3

    34.1



    Typical Weight by Length:
    Length
    (in inches)

    20

    24

    28

    32

    36

    40

    44

    48

    Weight
    (in pounds)

    2.9

    5.4

    9.5

    15.3

    23.2

    33.7

    47.3

    64.4



    Channel Cats: Typical Length by Age:
    Age
    (in Years)


    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    6

    7

    8

    9

    Length
    (in inches)

    North
    (in inches)

    5.7

    7.1

    9.0

    10.5

    12.3

    14.1

    15.9

    18.4

    19.7

    Length
    (in inches)

    South
    (in inches)

    10.9

    13.7

    15.7

    17.8

    19.0

    21.6

    22.6

    23.5

    24.3



    Channel Cats: Typical Weight by Length:
    Length
    (in inches)

    12

    15

    18

    21

    24

    27

    30

    33

    36

    Weight
    (in pounds)

    .5

    1.3

    2.7

    3.3

    5.8

    8.8

    11.6

    15.3

    20.4



    Flathead Cats: Typical Length by Age:
    Age
    (in Years)


    1

    2

    3

    5

    7

    9

    11

    13

    15

    Length
    (in inches)

    North

    1.9

    7.5

    14.8

    19.3

    23.9

    28.0

    35.5

    40.0

    --

    Length
    (in inches)

    South

    --

    --

    16.3

    24.3

    27.7

    36.3

    40.4

    44.2

    46.3




    Flathead Cats: Typical Weight by Length:
    Length
    (in inches)

    20

    25

    30

    35

    40

    45

    50

    Weight
    (in pounds)

    3.4

    6.7

    12.1

    20.0

    30.2

    51.3

    70.2

    Hope this will help you and answer your questions!:big_smile:
     
  4. rob128146

    rob128146 New Member

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    State:
    Rockwell, North Carolina
    Sorry it didn't quite paste right but maybe you can make it out.
     
  5. boswifedeb

    boswifedeb USCA Jailhouse Lawyer

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    State:
    Tennessee
    Name:
    Debbie
    Thanks for posting such a good question!! I homeschool my two kids and that is some really good information. Thanks to all who responded!:big_smile:
    Deb