Crossbred catfish - Blue and Channel catfish cross?

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by SkiMax, May 3, 2006.

  1. SkiMax

    SkiMax Well-Known Member

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    I caught a fish last summer that looked like a blue body and fins and a channel head. With some features of both mixed. Is this possible?

    I also had a buddy told me that he caught a flathead and channel mix and this sounds pretty crazy as i am sure their genomes and genetic codes are completely different but anybody know this for sure?
     
  2. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    It is possible. I looked on google and there have been channel/blue crosses used in fish farms. So genetically it is possibly. I don't know what the occurance in the wild is though. As for a flathead channel cross I have no idea. It might still be possible.
     

  3. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    according to http://myfwc.com/fishing/Fishes/catfish.html channels will on rare occasion cross bred with flatheads and blues in the wild. Apparently they channel/blue hyrbid is becoming very popular in catfish farms.

    It's amazing the stuff you can find on the internet these days.
     
  4. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    and yet another website syas they can also mate with bullheads. I guess they are all close enough genetically to cross breed. Now
    I wonder if they could breed with other foreign species like the Wels Catfish
     
  5. loki1982

    loki1982 New Member

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    2 weeks ago when my dad and I were fishing in Lake Ray Roberts we caught what we believed was a blue/channel crossed with a flathead. The head was very unusually shaped, it didnt look right for any of the species. Its mouth was a bit wider than a blues but not quite as big ro shaped like a flathead either. It was molted on the sides like a flathead, but colored grey/blueish. The tail was forked not flat like a flathead. It looks closer to a blue or a channel than a flathead, but some features were just not right for a normal blue.
     
  6. maddcatter

    maddcatter New Member

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    On occasion, people get confused when they catch a channel with a very large misshapen head. Often times it's just a spawning male channel. When it's breading time, the males heads will swell up.
    Jared, If this was two weeks ago, this could very well be the case. Do you know if the channels are starting to spawn in your area?
     
  7. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    Channels and blue's are in the same genus under scientific classification (for those that don't know its the next broadest catagory to species) so they have a higher likely hood of the genetics being compatable... There are also rumors that there were stockings of Blue/channel x's in some places but non confirmed to me...
     
  8. KatKaller

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    As stated there are many benefits of a blue/channel crosses used in fish farms so I guess it could be possible to occur naturally.

    I actaully have a blue/channel cross in my Koi pond, and let me tell you, boy he's an aggressive eater.
     
  9. gilly

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    In the lake I fish people always say throw the blues back b/c they taste bad, but to keep the high fin blues.....What is the difference in a blue and a high fin blue? Or are they all full of it? I was told not all lakes have high fin blues, do yall think a high fin blue is a farm raised and stocked fish?
     
  10. loki1982

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    Yeah we've caught many channels and blues that had huge heads from rubbing during spawns. This was different. Its didnt have anything to do with swelling,and the mouth parts were designed differently. I really think it was a mix.
     
  11. Doyle

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    Sometimes when they cross you get some really odd ones.:smile2:
     
  12. Doyle

    Doyle New Member

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    Sometimes when they cross, some really odd ones show up:lol:
     

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  13. confederate

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    That would explain the one I caught last year I'll see if I can find the pic....
     
  14. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    Doyle, that was one scary cat picture, made me jump and almost turned off my computer .I was afraid it had broken or would. lmao. thanks for the laugh. keep up the good work.:lol: :lol: :eek:oooh: :roll_eyes:
     
  15. Crispy Critter

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    Would You call that a cross between a blue and a bullhead? lol!
     
  16. squirtspop

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  17. squirtspop

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    ROFLMAO Doyle if I ever caught one that looked like that I'd jump off the boat.
     
  18. flat1

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    i was told by a bait shop owner that the DNR is stocking channel/blue hybrids in the ohio river but just hear say
     
  19. fastfrank

    fastfrank New Member

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    Doyle: That pic. looks like the same catfish that was caught swallowing the soccer ball.
     
  20. catfishjohn

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    I think thats some kind of bullhead/sucker hybrid.