How do you tell a Catfish's Age?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by bobsmitter03, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. bobsmitter03

    bobsmitter03 New Member

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    I was just curious and wondered how do you tell a catfish's age?
     
  2. topjimmy

    topjimmy New Member

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    The Freshwater Angler says this about channels:

    "Channel cats more than 20 years old have been recorded, but most live less than 10. They grow slower than both flatheads and blues.

    Growth rates have been studied throughout the fish's range and show extreme variability from one body of water to another. A 5-year-old channel cat from the Mississippi River in Iowa, for example, runs about 16 inches long. A same-age fish from Lake Havasu, CA is slightly more than half that length - 9 inches. A 20-inch channel from Manitoba's Red River is probably age 9, but a 9-year-old cat from the St. Lawrence River in Quebec is only 13 inches. Growth rates are determined by a number of factors, including abundance and type of forage, quality of habitat, length of the growing season and competition with other fish species."

    They have a couple of charts I recreated, you can find them here:

    http://members.cox.net/topjimmy/catfish.htm

    You can check out this thread for more info

    http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1577
     

  3. Fishgeek

    Fishgeek Active Member

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    Bobsmitter:

    If you haven't already, check out the links topjimmy suggested. He did a nice job with the age & growth charts.
     
  4. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    count the candles on their birthday cake
     
  5. JReed

    JReed New Member

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    Very nice table you put together, job well done.
     
  6. balddaddy91

    balddaddy91 New Member

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    very well researched
     
  7. squirtspop

    squirtspop New Member

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    I like it. Great job. Even if you don't have a scale to weigh it you can measure the length and get an idea of the weight. Again..Great job!
     
  8. andi1950

    andi1950 New Member

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    Good job on the charts. I don't have about a scale and this will help.

    jerry
     
  9. HHinNC

    HHinNC Member

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    The chart is a great help. Thanks.
     
  10. Gone Catfishing

    Gone Catfishing New Member

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    NICE JOB on the chart! Thanks
     
  11. Coloman

    Coloman New Member

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    James
    Nice chart. I have seem a few like it, some of the others take into account the part of the U.S. that the fish are in. The general conscious is that the fish grow a little faster in the more southern states due to weather and amount of food.
     
  12. roma

    roma New Member

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    Our european catfish can live nearly 30 year for the biggest one.
     
  13. Fishgeek

    Fishgeek Active Member

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    Roma,

    Welcome to the BOC...always cool to see posts from across the pond!
     
  14. treddinwater

    treddinwater Active Member

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    Thanks for the charts man, I found them really informative.
     
  15. ratred

    ratred New Member

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    Thanks for the chart . Been looking for something like this .
     
  16. wishiwasfishin

    wishiwasfishin New Member

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    i thought you had to count there teeth..oh maybe that was in horses:)
     
  17. Rockin' Blues

    Rockin' Blues New Member

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    good job,seems pretty close