Photos include grandchildren who caught the fish (except for baby that had "help").
Took my nephew fishing for the fist time at Clear Lake. We were not having not much luck, and I was attempting to untangle a line that was caught in a tree from a previous cast of the young novice fisherman when I hear my nephew screaming, "CHRIS!, CHRIS!, your fishing pole is moving!" I yell back "grab that pole Boy!" Dougie, my nephew grabs the pole and starts to scream some more, "It's too strong, it's too strong Chris it's gonna pull me in!" Surprisingly he held on long enough for me to scramble over and aid him in reeling it in. The whole time he was in amazement especially when he seen the strange underwater creature attached to the other end of the line. We released the catfish after taking a look at it, and he was very eager to continue fishing afterwards unfortunately the mosquitoes at that point were becoming unbearable. I'm not a 100% on the ID and would appreciate some input.
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.