(pictured above) is native to the Mississippi, Minnesota, St. Croix, Red,
and St. Louis rivers as well as many of their tributaries. Since it is more
easily raised in a hatchery than its relative the
it is the catfish species that has been introduced in lakes and rivers
throughout the state
2014). Though channel cats grow to a relatively large size (the state
record is 38 pounds, 0 ounces) and are good eating, they are not nearly
as popular among Minnesota anglers as they are among those of many other
states. For information on cleaning catfish, see
Catfish Cleaning and Skinning,
and for recipes, go to U.S.
Photos courtesy of Jay T. Hatch, Natural History of Minnesota Fishes. Reprinted with permission.
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