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Texas Fish Species

Alligator Gar
American Eel
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blackstripe Topminnow
Blacktail Shiner
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Bluegill
Bowfin
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Creek Chubsucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldeye
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Gray Redhorse
Green Sunfish
Guadalupe Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Ladyfish
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longear Sunfish
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Paddlefish
Rainbow Trout
Red Drum
Red-bellied Pacu
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Rio Grande Cichlid
River Carpsucker
Rock Bass
Shortnose Gar
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
Spotted Bass
Spotted Gar
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Sunfish
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Threadfin Shad
Walleye
Warmouth
White Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Bass
Yellow Bullhead

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FishExplorer Lakes with Blue Catfish
Alan Henry Reservoir
Lake Amistad
Aquilla Lake
Lake Arrowhead
Bardwell Lake
Belton Lake
Benbrook Lake
Braunig Lake
Lake Brownwood
Lake Buchanan
Caddo Lake
Calaveras Lake
Canyon Lake
Lake Casa Blanca
Cedar Creek Reservoir
Choke Canyon Reservoir
Coleto Creek Reservoir
Cooper Lake
Lake Corpus Christi
Eagle Mountain Lake
Fairfield Lake
Falcon Reservoir
Fayette Co. Lake
Lake Fork Reservoir
Fort Phantom Hill Lake
Lake Georgetown
Gibbons Creek Reservoir
Graham Lake
Lake Granbury
Granger Lake
Grapevine Lake
Lake Houston
J.B. Thomas Reservoir
Joe Pool Lake
Kickapoo Reservoir
Lady Bird Lake (Town)
Lake Lavon
Lake Lewisville
Lake Limestone
Lake Livingston
Lake Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ)
Mackenzie Reservoir
McClellan Reservoir
Medina Lake
Lake Mexia
Millers Creek Reservoir
Lake Mineral Wells
Lake O' the Pines
O.H. Ivie
Lake Palestine
Palo Duro Reservoir
Possum Kingdom Lake
Proctor Lake
Lake Ray Hubbard
Lake Ray Roberts
Richland Chambers Reservoir
Sam Rayburn Lake
Somerville Lake
Lake Striker
Lake Tawakoni
Lake Texana
Lake Texoma
Toledo Bend Reservoir
Lake Travis
Lake Waco
Walter E. Long Lake (Decker)
White River Reservoir
White Rock Lake
Lake Whitney
Lake Worth
Wright Patman Lake
FishExplorer Rivers with Blue Catfish
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Blue Catfish
Blue catfish are round in shape with a flat belly, as they age they frequently develop a distinct hump in front of the dorsal fin.  Their anal fin is long and has a straight margin and 30-35 rays of equal length.  Their color tends to be shades of blue-gray, although they can take on a silvery appearance. The belly typically fades toward white at the very bottom. Their skin is smooth with no scales and generally free of markings.
 
Most blues are not sexually mature before reaching 24 inches. They spawn in late spring/early summer when water temperatures reach 75°F. Blues are nesters and prefer cavities in drift piles, logs, undercut banks, rocks, or other such areas. When young these cats pursue a varied diet, but as it grows it tends to eat primarily fish. Blue catfish commonly grow upwards of 40 pounds and weights over 100 pounds have been record.

Blue Catfish in Texas

Description
Ictalurus is Greek meaning "fish cat", and furcatus is Latin, meaning "forked", a reference to the species' forked tail fin. Blue catfish have a forked tail, and are sometimes very similar to channel catfish. However, only the Rio Grande population has dark spots on the back and sides. The number of rays in the anal fin is typically 30-35, and coloration is usually slate blue on the back, shading to white on the belly.

Life History
The spawning behavior of blue catfish appears to be similar to that of channel catfish. However, most blue catfish are not sexually mature until they reach about 24 inches in length. Like channel catfish, the blue catfish pursues a varied diet, but it tends to eat fish earlier in life. Although invertebrates still comprise the major portion of the diet, blue catfish as small as four inches in length have been known to consume fish. Individuals larger than eight inches eat fish and large invertebrates. Blue catfish commonly attain weights of 20 to 40 pounds, and may reach weights well in excess of 100 pounds. It is reported that fish exceeding 350 pounds were landed from the Mississippi River during the late 1800's.

Habitat
Blue catfish are primarily large-river fish, occurring in main channels, tributaries, and impoundments of major river systems. They tend to move upstream in the summer in search of cooler temperatures, and downstream in the winter in order to find warmer water.

Other
The blue catfish is the largest freshwater sportfish in Texas. Where mature populations exist, 50-pounders are not unusual. Typically, the largest fish are caught by trotliners, some of whom have landed specimens in excess of 115 pounds. The Texas rod-and-reel record is 121.5 pounds. Catfish is the second most preferred group of fish among licensed Texas anglers, and blues rank third behind channel and flathead catfish. Like the channel cat, the blue catfish is considered an excellent food fish.

Courtesy of Texas Parks and Game

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