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I have a couple of questions that may have been answered elsewhere, but anyway, here goes:
  1. What is the top size for eating catfish? In other words, at what size should they be released? (We catch Channel, Flathead, and Blue Cats mainly where I fish).
  2. Are Bullhead catfish good to eat? I am pretty sure that's what we caught a few of earlier. They were good sized, like 3-4 pounds, but I wan't to make sure before I cook them up.
Thanks in advance from a new guy and his fishing buddies (2 sons).
 

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Brother fish_head, I only keep blues under ten pounds to eat. The reason being is that a blue ten pounds and up are the ones that are mature and do the best job of laying eggs during their spawn. Also, the smaller blues have less Mercury in them and are considered to be better for you and your family.

As for channel cats, I don't normally eat them because we have plenty of blues. The flathead offers some good meat, including their bellies, but I seldom harvest them for eating purposes.
 

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bullheads r good eating a 3-4 pound bullhead is a bigun channels blues and flatties up to 10 lbs r good eaters u can cook bigger fish and they taste good but u have to cut the fat and blood viens out i try to release those big fish and preserve the fishery but occasionally ill keep 1 for a fast fish fry if needed cpr if u can hope this helps and good luck :wink:
 

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Generally I keep some fish from 1 to 5 lbs. Anything over that gets released right away. Flatheads are a bonus fish for me and I release them regardless of the size. I just keep the channels. Those bullheads you are talking about are huge. I have never caught one over 3 pounds. I have ate bullheads when I was younger, they have a stronger flavor than the rest of catfish.

Practice CPR. catch, photo, release..
Mark..
 

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Thank y'all very kindly for the advice. I figured most of those big cats in everyone's avatars were released, but I was wondering...:wink:...

Now I'm gonna catch a big ole cat for my Avatar! (And release him, unless my sons stage a mutiny over it).

Thanks again!
 

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I don't know how many times I went fishin with the intention of keepin a few eaters and would catch one and tell myself to let it go, I'll keep the next one and on and on just end up going home empty-stringered... but I do keep em in about the 3-5 pound range sometimes.
 

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but have only eaten small channels and flat heads. Of course, I haven't yet caught any big ones. When I do, I'll go with cpr.

About Bullheads --

Bullheads are great eating. One time when I was a teenager I went with a buddy to fish where my grandparents had a cabin by the Platte River in Nebraska. In one of the ponds we caught a bunch of bullheads and wanted to eat them.

I couldn't figure out how to get the stove turned on, though the cabin did have electricity. Now, we couldn't go without eating our bullhead, could we? I found an electric coffee pot, rinsed it out, and filled it with cooking oil. While the oil was heating I rolled the fillets in corn meal, and then popped 'em into the hot oil. We forked 'em out when they looked done, and oh, my, they were good!

After we were done we cleaned up the kitchen and washed the pot out real well. I didn't think much about it until later that summer, when my grandfather mentioned that he had made some coffee and it tasted kind of funny. I guess I must have forgotten to tell him about the fish fry.
 

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Channel Cat best eating 2-5 lbs.......flathead around 8 lbs..........blue I have no idea................yellow perch as big as you can catch...........crappie black and white 10 to 13 inches Walleye 1 and 1/2 to 7 lbs Thats the way I do it.
 

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i have to be honest i have ate bullhead before and mixed them up with channel cat and didnt see a diference
i usually turn loose everything over 5lbs for channel and 20lbs for flaties
and blues when i was in ok.
 

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We eat the smaller ones and anything 10lbs or up we usually just ride them around in the back of the truck showing them off till they start stinking. then we trow them in the ditch.
 

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We eat the smaller ones and anything 10lbs or up we usually just ride them around in the back of the truck showing them off till they start stinking. then we trow them in the ditch.
 
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