Catfish, channel (Ictalurus punctatus)

(Rafinesque, 1818); ICTALURIDAE FAMILY
The channel catfish is currently distributed through most of the U.S. and parts of southern Canada and northern Mexico. In the U.S. it is most abundant in the central part of the country east to the Appalachians. Its occurrence is sparser and mostly by introduction along the west coast and east of the Appalachians.
Channel catfish prefer clean bottoms of sand or gravel in larger lakes and rivers. They feed mainly on crayfish, fishes, and insects generally at night in swifter moving currents. At spawning time they will enter and ascend small tributaries... Read More

 
 

All-Tackle World Records

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
All-Tackle
26.30 kg (58 lb 0 oz)
Santee-Cooper Reservoir, South Carolina, USA
07-Jul-1964
 

All-Tackle (Length) World Records

Line Class
Length
Location
Catch Date
Angler
All-Tackle (Length)
90.0 cm
Lake Berryessa, California, USA
22-Oct-2018
All-Tackle (Length) (tie)
90.0 cm
Lake Ontario, New York, USA
23-Apr-2019
 

Line Class World Records (Conventional Tackle)

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
M-01 kg (2 lb)
9.75 kg (21 lb 8 oz)
Red River, Manitoba, Canada
25-Aug-2001
M-02 kg (4 lb)
8.28 kg (18 lb 4 oz)
Red River, North Dakota, USA
14-Sep-2018
M-03 kg (6 lb)
11.33 kg (25 lb 0 oz)
Red River, Manitoba, Canada
08-Aug-2004
M-04 kg (8 lb)
20.41 kg (45 lb 0 oz)
St. Croix River, Wisconsin, USA
18-Sep-1993
M-06 kg (12 lb)
17.07 kg (37 lb 10 oz)
La Due Reservoir, Ohio, USA
15-Aug-1992
M-08 kg (16 lb)
19.95 kg (44 lb 0 oz)
Irvine Lake, Irvine, California, USA
12-Oct-1995
M-10 kg (20 lb)
8.06 kg (17 lb 12 oz)
Lockport, Manitoba, Canada
06-Jun-2016
M-15 kg (30 lb)
10.89 kg (24 lb 0 oz)
Red River, Manitoba, Canada
15-May-2015
M-24 kg (50 lb)
14.96 kg (33 lb 0 oz)
Snake River, Valentine, Nebraska, USA
15-Aug-1986
M-37 kg (80 lb)
18.42 kg (40 lb 10 oz)
Merritt Reservoir, Nebraska, USA
09-Sep-1989
W-01 kg (2 lb)
1.39 kg (3 lb 1 oz)
C-51 Canal, Florida, USA
03-Dec-2017
W-02 kg (4 lb)
15.64 kg (34 lb 8 oz)
Merritt Reservoir, Valentine, Nebraska, USA
26-Jun-1988
W-03 kg (6 lb)
5.95 kg (13 lb 2 oz)
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
19-Aug-2017
W-04 kg (8 lb)
3.80 kg (8 lb 6 oz)
Apalachicola River, Florida, USA
26-Apr-2017
W-06 kg (12 lb)
4.56 kg (10 lb 1 oz)
C-51 Canal, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
02-Apr-2019
W-08 kg (16 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
W-10 kg (20 lb)
19.61 kg (43 lb 4 oz)
Kaweah Lake, Lemon Cove, California, USA
03-Dec-1995
W-15 kg (30 lb)
18.82 kg (41 lb 8 oz)
Snake River, Valentine, Nebraska, USA
11-Aug-1986
W-24 kg (50 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
W-37 kg (80 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
 

Tippet Class World Records (Fly Tackle)

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
Tippet M-01 kg (2 lb)
5.66 kg (12 lb 8 oz)
Trailer Lake, Bucksville, Alabama, USA
05-Jul-1998
Tippet M-01 kg (2 lb) (tie)
5.67 kg (12 lb 8 oz)
Auburn, Alabama, USA
22-Mar-2002
Tippet M-02 kg (4 lb)
14.17 kg (31 lb 4 oz)
Conecuh River, Alabama, USA
31-Aug-2016
Tippet M-03 kg (6 lb)
8.16 kg (18 lb 0 oz)
Auburn, Alabama, USA
24-Jun-2009
Tippet M-04 kg (8 lb)
11.57 kg (25 lb 8 oz)
Conecuh River, Alabama, USA
29-Aug-2015
Tippet M-06 kg (12 lb)
15.54 kg (34 lb 4 oz)
Conecuh River, Alabama, USA
29-Aug-2015
Tippet M-08 kg (16 lb)
10.58 kg (23 lb 5 oz)
Red River, Manitoba, Canada
13-May-1992
Tippet M-10 kg (20 lb)
12.70 kg (28 lb 0 oz)
Red River, Manitoba, Canada
12-May-1992
Tippet W-01 kg (2 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
Tippet W-02 kg (4 lb)
1.36 kg (3 lb 0 oz)
Bell Ranch, Texas, USA
05-Jun-2018
Tippet W-03 kg (6 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
Tippet W-04 kg (8 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
Tippet W-06 kg (12 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
Tippet W-08 kg (16 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
Tippet W-10 kg (20 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
 

Junior & Smallfry World Records

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
F-Junior
6.80 kg (15 lb 0 oz)
Red River, Lockport, Manitoba, Canada
03-Jul-2000
F-Smallfry
9.52 kg (21 lb 0 oz)
Assiniboine River, Manitoba, Canada
16-May-2001
M-Junior
10.88 kg (24 lb 0 oz)
Lockport, Manitoba, Canada
09-Sep-2001
M-Smallfry
9.98 kg (22 lb 0 oz)
Lake Sonoma, California, USA
24-Sep-2000