Channel Catfish at Yakima River
Caught in a minnow trap.
Fish collected and released as part of a fish assessment study conducted at Shadow Lake by Cleveland Metroparks Natural Resources staff.
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.