Family: Ictaluridae

Common Family: The Catfish Family

Common Name: Channel Catfish

Scientific Name: Ictalurus punctatus


Channel catfish are grey white in color and are the only catfish in Indiana that have a forked tail. Channel catfish have a slender body and may have small black spots. They have a small mouth and very long barbels.

Range and Habitat: 

Channel catfish are widely distributed in warm water lakes and streams throughout Indiana.

Fishing Facts:

Channel catfish eat fish, insects, crayfish, and some plant matter. A variety of baits can be used. Fishing on or near the bottom is the most common fishing technique.

Similar Species: 

All other catfish have a squarrish, rounded or turned in caudal fin.