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Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by LiveWire, Nov 10, 2006.
What is the easiest way to determine the difference between a blue cat and a channel cat?
If they are playing a harmonica, they are a blues cat
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The way I see them is the blue cats are a silver blue and the Channel cats are kinda dark grey or could look almost black.
Maybe some one elase can help you more.
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The channels will have spots on their sides, and will have a lot of color to them. The blues will be just that, Blue.
What do they play if they are channels:lol:
The one's I catch play either Rice "Sonny Boy Williamson" Miller or Little Walter Jacobs.
On a serious note, check out the following BOC archived thread
They don't play anything.
So now I'm wonder whether the cat on my avatar was really a blue or if it was a channel....:confused2: check out the profile for a bigger picture.....
Looks like a Blue to me.
A channel catfish closely resembles a blue catfish. Both have deeply forked tails. However, a channel has a rounded anal fin with 24-29 rays and scattered black spots along their back and sides.
Where as a blue catfish has a stout body with a prominently humped back and they are unspotted and have a long, straight-edged anal fin with 30 to 35 rays.
Looks like a channel cat to me.
You can't really go by color to distinguish between a channel and a blue cat. The shape of the tail fin and the shape of the anal fin and number of rays are your best clues.
The Missouri Conservation Department publishes a good web page with tips for identifying catfish: http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishid/catfishid.htm
I'm sure someone will disagree, but that's a channel cat. Look at the anal fin. It is rounded, and does not taper down at the end. A blue's fin is tapered like a pocket comb. They also have a hump on their back that the dorsal fin sits upon. When they look alot alike, I always look at that fin. It's a difinitive characteristic. Check out the blue in my profile and how the anal fin tapers and is longer.
With a second and closer look at the larger photo the anal fin does look rounded which would make it a channel.
I agree it is a channel.
looks straight to me. I'd say a BLUE
plus, didn't you see the harmonica?
By the way live wire, the cat in your profile is a blue. Whelcome to the BOC man.
I was also just told that the pond which I fish was stocked with channel cat.....makes since, I don't know many little ponds stocked with blue catfish....
Stu your fish is a channel, livewires is a blue
Right on dafin!! It's a Channel. J.D.
Another indicator to tell the difference between a blue and a channel is its attitude. Blues are mean.
I know your right about the attitude had one spin on my thumb and that wont happen again:ah: