Blue catfish are one of the largest species of the North American Catfish. They resemble channel catfish by having deeply forked tails, however unlike the channel catfish
The blue catfish is unspotted. They are slate gray on the upper sides and back. Their belly’s are white.
Blues like to live in big rivers and major tributaries to them as long as there is clear, swift water. They can be found over sand, gravel or rocky bottoms.
They are generally night feeders. The young are hatch in about one week and the male will guard them for a week or so at the nest sight. Then the fry will swim away and be on their own.
When young they will feed on aquatic insects and small fish, as they grow they will eat crayfish, mussels and other fish.
They are fast growers and have a life span of between 20 to 25 years.
Blue cat fish are often sought after by anglers for not only their size but for their stubbornness and fighting nature as well. Once they have hooked a blue the angler will have a long tough battle. This is due not only to the size but their strength and determination as well.
They will rarely bite artificial bait they are not picky as to whether the bait is live bait or dead. The blue cat fish prefers bait with strong odor the stronger the better, therefore many anglers use “stink bait” chicken and turkey livers and cheese work well.
It is important to use strong equipment when in pursuit of this robust species. Some anglers go so far as to use saltwater fishing equipment.
Most are caught while bottom fishing with cut fish, rigged on large hooks weighted down by heavy lead sinkers The white meat of this fish is tender and delicate and is often marketed commercially.
The world record blue cat fish weighted in at around 124 pounds. Biologists believe they can reach 150 pounds and there have long been rumors of some as large as 300 to 350 pounds though none this large have ever been caught and officially weighed.