Caught and released.
Specimen collected from Rocky River by Cleveland Metroparks staff as part of educational outing with Baldwin Wallace University. Fishes were collected via electrofishing and were released at the end of the class discussion.
These records add to the list documented at this site on 6 June 2014 and 24 July 2014.
Before people start asking me how I know what it is, the park I where I found it at only stocks the pond with channel catfish. Before people ask me how I know what fish they stock, I help out at that park every weekend.
caught 3 feet offshore with hook/nightcrawler
I have been extraordinarily lucky to observe channel catfish swimming close to the surface of the water in this creek several times this year. Today there were 2 swimming close enough to the surface that I could see their suckers and their whiskers and get an idea of the size. Both were about 1 foot long (+/- an inch or two)
Some local fisherman had it on the line and it seemed appropriate to document the fish species in the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. On a side note, the angler landed and quickly released the lucky fish. That catfish did not end up someones dinner. (At least not that day)
Ken Mantkowski Memorial Handicapped Fishing Outing at Ledge Lake in Hinckley Reservation.
Rainbow trout and channel catfish were stocked for this event.
Channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, is North America's most numerous catfish species. It is the official fish of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Tennessee, and is informally referred to as a "channel cat". In the United States, they are the most fished catfish species with approximately 8 million anglers targeting them per year. The popularity of channel catfish for food has contributed to the rapid growth of aquaculture of this species in the United States.