Pregnant channel catfish

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by LEROYDOZOIS, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. LEROYDOZOIS

    LEROYDOZOIS New Member

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    how do u tell if the channels's pregnate​
     
  2. tkishkape

    tkishkape New Member

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    If the female is egg laden, she'll appear to have a pot belly. If she's ready to spawn her eggs, they'll squirt from her opening very near her anus when you gently squeeze her.

    It's much easier to tell if she's got eggs by opening her up and looking while you're cleaning the fish. :roll_eyes:
     

  3. sw2324

    sw2324 New Member

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    The above is accurate. I am assuming you want to let it lay those eggs for future generations to catch. I really appreciate that.
     
  4. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    I swear Im not the father LOL
     
  5. LEROYDOZOIS

    LEROYDOZOIS New Member

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    i want to let them go thats why


    more fish for me :big_smile:
     
  6. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I think if the belly is real fat they is pregnant.
     
  7. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    You will NEVER see a pregnant catfish. They don't exist.

    They will carry eggs, or be gravid, but technically they are not pregnant.

    The only way to tell if they have eggs is to cut them open.
     
  8. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    jersey cat, you ain't right!
     
  9. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    I've seen some fat catfish with no eggs, so the only way I can tell is to clean it. If I squeez it, and no eggs squirt out, I assume it's not preggers.
     
  10. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Well ya got part of it right ,but like Albert said if they are close the eggs will squirt out when ya sqeeze em.
     
  11. field989

    field989 New Member

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    caviar? (sp) lol JK
    id never eat that stuff......

    but the above sounds pretty good
     
  12. Travsher

    Travsher New Member

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    As my rule goes, I never keep any fish in the spawn seson. I only take a few small cats a year to eat anyhow. Please release most of your fish so we can keep enjoying them. Have fun