Channel catfish coloration

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by KYTRAPPER, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. KYTRAPPER

    KYTRAPPER New Member

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    I guess you can see which one is the oddball:smile2:
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  2. PhillyCatcatcher4

    PhillyCatcatcher4 New Member

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    Looks like Sesame Street lol.One of those cats is doing its own thing.:0a23:
     

  3. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Phil, It looks like you have two male channels in spawning mode a blue male and a female channel. Did you check the number of rays in the off colored ones anal fin?:cool2:
     
  4. KYTRAPPER

    KYTRAPPER New Member

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    Yes sir:wink: they be 25....
     
  5. neal

    neal New Member

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    That's a fish of a differant color! Thanks for sharing the picture.
     
  6. lil kat

    lil kat New Member

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    Here it is.....hjow do you tell the diffrence between a male and a female channel? I am not ne to fishing but never have been told how to sex or what the diffrence is. Thanks:0a21::0a31::0a18:
     
  7. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    The only way i know to tell the difference is that during the spawn the males are usually much darker in color.
     
  8. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    And male's get a swolen head during the spawn.
     
  9. godsglad8tor

    godsglad8tor New Member

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    agreed, males generally have biggier/wider heads even when they are not in spawning mode
     
  10. lebeaux

    lebeaux New Member

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    Sometimes they hatch out white. White ones usually don't make it to adulthood in the wild. I'm thinking all males but the one on the far end.
     
  11. lebeaux

    lebeaux New Member

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    They also have a wider mouth and bigger tooth pad and are sometimes blueish in color.
     
  12. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    There are also different strains of channel catfish that can have different colors. If those are stocked fish they may be of different strains. For example, most Kansas/Marion strain catfish have the traditional grey/silver/blue look to them but an Auburn strain catfish will have a more golden color to them. We netted one that was in our bluegill pond on the fish farm that was probably the most beautiful channel cat I've ever seen, it was an Auburn that was completely gold. I'm sure his great coloration came from eating hundreds of dollars worth of bluegill:smile2: