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I was just wondering if this was a blue catfish or a channel catfish. I sadly don't have a picture of the anal fin, which I know would be very helpful. The fish had a very broad head and strange coloring to be a channel cat and was caught in northwest Georgia.

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IvanTortuga's picture

I can't really see the defining features enough to tell personally. Someone else might be better at it though. Here is a quick ID page that helps seperate the two so if you remember or have more pictures you'll be able to tell.

philaroman's picture

might be a trophy-size White, going by the whiskers in 2nd photo & your description of  "very broad head and strange coloring"

...can't see the tail clearly, but a Channel or Blue of that size would be a youngster w/ deeply forked, "pointy" caudal fin

P.E.T.A. sucks!!!  Plants are living things, too -- they're just easier to catch!

drawer.bli's picture

I'd bet channel. Chin barbels have darker tips. If it was a white, the coloration would be slightly more blotchy  and less sleek, the body would be stouter and the head would be larger. Also it would be a world-record sized white. Doesn't look like a blue either,  judging by the proportions and the anal fin in the second pic. Watershed would be helpful for an ID. 

RyanD19972's picture

It was caught in the little tallapoosa watershed
Graceclaw's picture

It would be a world-record White, but honestly that's what it looks like to me. Look at that crazy overbite- not very CCAt-like at all. The caudal tips are also quite rounded, like a White's.

I've never caught a Blue though, so maybe those also make it a good candidate for that- I am just impressed by the mouth. Looks exactly like a White's.

Graceclaw's picture

I'm actually definitely leaning towards Blue now.

Eli's picture

Channel cat 100%




Dr Flathead's picture

Thats a male channel cat.

RyanD19972's picture

Thank you everyone for your input!