Pictures of Big Blue Catfish, Andrew Taylor

Pictures of Big Blue Catfish

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Lake Tawakoni Catfish

Description
Game fish – see statewide bag & size limits and lake-specific exceptions

Ictalurus is Greek meaning “fish cat”, and furcatus is Latin, meaning “forked”, a reference to the species’ forked tail fin. Blue catfish have a forked tail, and are sometimes very similar to channel catfish. However, only the Rio Grande population has dark spots on the back and sides. The number of rays in the anal fin is typically 30-35, and coloration is usually slate blue on the back, shading to white on the belly.

Life History
The spawning behavior of blue catfish appears to be similar to that of channel catfish. However, most blue catfish are not sexually mature until they reach about 24 inches in length. Like channel catfish, the blue catfish pursues a varied diet, but it tends to eat fish earlier in life. Although invertebrates still comprise the major portion of the diet, blue catfish as small as four inches in length have been known to consume fish. Individuals larger than eight inches eat fish and large invertebrates. Blue catfish commonly attain weights of 20 to 40 pounds, and may reach weights well in excess of 100 pounds. It is reported that fish exceeding 350 pounds were landed from the Mississippi River during the late 1800’s.
Habitat
Blue catfish are primarily large-river fish, occurring in main channels, tributaries, and impoundments of major river systems. They tend to move upstream in the summer in search of cooler temperatures, and downstream in the winter in order to find warmer water.
Distribution
Blue catfish are native to major rivers of the Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi river basins. The range also extends south through Texas, Mexico, and into northern Guatemala. In Texas it is absent from the northwestern portions of the state including the Panhandle, but present elsewhere in larger rivers.
For more information
For assistance with species identification, see Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish.
Article Source : Texas Parks & Wildlife

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Pictures of Big Blue Catfish, Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide
Pictures of Big Blue Catfish, Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide

Lake Tawakoni Catfish Record

In January 2004 Cody Mullinex of Howe Texas caught a 121.5 pound blue at Lake Texoma, which was the first monster to attrack media attention.

Weight: 121.5 Pounds   Length: 58 Inches

Cody Mullenix of Howe Texas caught the fish on January 16th, 2004 which is known as “Splash” while fishing at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge on Lake Texoma. The blue catfish caught by Mullenix weighed in at 121.5 Lbs, which was not only a Texas state record but also a world record.  The fish was housed in a massive freshwater display at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens Texas until it died and drew in tourists from all over the United States!

Texas State Record Blue Catfish

The blue catfish is the largest freshwater sportfish in Texas. Where mature populations exist, 50-pounders are not unusual. Typically, the largest fish are caught by trotliners, some of whom have landed specimens in excess of 115 pounds. The Texas rod-and-reel record blue catfish is 121.5 pounds. Catfish is the second most preferred group of fish among licensed Texas anglers, and blues rank third behind channel and flathead catfish. Like the channel cat, the blue catfish is considered an excellent food fish.  

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Article Source : Fish & Game | May 5th, 2016

Texas State Record Blue Catfish

The blue catfish is the largest freshwater sportfish in Texas. Where mature populations exist, 50-pounders are not unusual. Typically, the largest fish are caught by trotliners, some of whom have landed specimens in excess of 115 pounds. The Texas rod-and-reel record blue catfish is 121.5 pounds. Catfish is the second most preferred group of fish among licensed Texas anglers, and blues rank third behind channel and flathead catfish. Like the channel cat, the blue catfish is considered an excellent food fish.  

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Here are 10 big blue catfish pictures you should know from our friends at Game&Fish!  Lake Tawakoni is the Catfish Capital of Texas, come find out with the best guide, Andrew Taylor!

Article Source : Fish & Game | May 5th, 2016

Pictures of Big Blue Catfish, Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide
Pictures of Big Blue Catfish, Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide

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