Difference between channel & blue catfish

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by LiveWire, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. LiveWire

    LiveWire New Member

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    What is the easiest way to determine the difference between a blue cat and a channel cat?
     
  2. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    If they are playing a harmonica, they are a blues cat
     

  3. catfishbill33

    catfishbill33 New Member

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    nate,
    good to see you aboard.
    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.
    Enjoy your time on BOC
     
  4. savage308

    savage308 New Member

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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.
     
  5. catfishbill33

    catfishbill33 New Member

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    Tony,
    What do they play if they are channels:lol:
     
  6. savage308

    savage308 New Member

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    The one's I catch play either Rice "Sonny Boy Williamson" Miller or Little Walter Jacobs.

    :crazy:
     
  7. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    On a serious note, check out the following BOC archived thread
    http://www.catfish1.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-10419.html


    They don't play anything.
     
  8. StuBone278

    StuBone278 New Member

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    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.....
     
  9. TomV

    TomV New Member

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    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.
     

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  10. Mr.T

    Mr.T New Member

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    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
     
  11. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    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.
     
  12. TomV

    TomV New Member

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    With a second and closer look at the larger photo the anal fin does look rounded which would make it a channel.
     
  13. Clovis

    Clovis New Member

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    I agree it is a channel.
     
  14. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    looks straight to me. I'd say a BLUE



    plus, didn't you see the harmonica?
     
  15. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    By the way live wire, the cat in your profile is a blue. Whelcome to the BOC man.
     
  16. StuBone278

    StuBone278 New Member

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    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....
     
  17. dafin

    dafin New Member

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    Stu your fish is a channel, livewires is a blue
     
  18. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Right on dafin!! It's a Channel. J.D.
     
  19. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Another indicator to tell the difference between a blue and a channel is its attitude. Blues are mean.
     
  20. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    I know your right about the attitude had one spin on my thumb and that wont happen again:ah: