Channel Catfish

Scaled collection of drawings of Channel Catfish in front and side poses

The Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) are also referred to as “Channel cat” and belong to the family Ictaluridae. The fish spearheaded the rapid expansion of aquaculture in the United States. The Channel Catfish is found mainly in fresh and salty water worldwide, though was originally native to the northern and eastern United States.

The Channel Catfish is a cavity nester, preferring areas of limited light conditions and a sedentary lifestyle. The Channel Catfish is identified by its cross-sectional cylindrical body that lacks scales, dorsal and pectoral fins spotting sharp and hard spin, barbels around the mouth for tasting and smelling, and prefers to feed at night.

Channel Catfishs have a total length between 12”-24” (30.5-61 cm), body height of 2”-4.5” (5-11.4 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 2-7 lb (.9-3.2 kg). The typical lifespan of the Channel Catfish is 15-25 years.


*Under Development*

2”-4.5” | 5-11.4 cm
12”-24” | 30.5-61 cm
2-7 lb | .9-3.2 kg
Scientific Name:
Ictalurus punctatus
15-25 years


Drawings include:

Channel Catfish side elevation, front

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Freshwater fish are fish that spend some or all of their live in water with a salinity level lower than .05%. Freshwater fish, due to the segmented nature of ponds, lakes, and rivers, are subject to speciation similar to species on islands.