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Wyoming Fish Species

Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Bonneville Cutthroat Trout
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Burbot (Ling)
Channel Catfish
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout
River Carpsucker
Rock Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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Channel Catfish
Channel catfish are easily distinguished from most catfish by their deeply forked tail fin, except for Blue catfish which are similar. Their coloration is typically a dark grayish to slate along the back shading lighter to a white underside. Frequently channels are covered with small, black spots, although in large adults the spots are frequently absent. The anal fin is rounded with 24-29 rays, as compared to the straight edged fin of a blue with 30 or more rays.
Sexual maturity usually occurs 3-6 years, generally by 12 inches in length. Spawning occurs when water temperature reach 70 degree, generally early summer. Channels are nesting fish, and the preferred sites are cavities in most any type of structure, even an old bucket will do.  Once the gelatinous mass of eggs are laid, the male protects them until they’re hatched and for about a week longer after that. 
As omnivores, channel cats feed on a large variety of items, including insects, mollusks, crustaceans, fish, and even some plant material.  While they do scavenge, their preference is for living food.  They are definitely a top end predator. Although channels feed mostly at night, and are most active from sunset into the early evening, they can be caught at all hours.

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Channel Catfish Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
Blog: Thoughts on Catfish Tactics 10.07.15 by David Coulson
Blog: Ignoring Instincts Paid Off 08.05.15 by David Coulson
Blog: Fresh Water Drum 07.27.15 by David Coulson
Blog: New Story by Lloyd Tackitt Has Been Posted 07.18.15 by David Coulson
Article: Fishing Vacation, 1930 07.17.15 by Lloyd Tackitt
Blog: Fifteen, But Who’s Counting? – Oh, I Am! 10.17.14 by David Coulson
Blog: Multispecies Days Are Fun 05.07.13 by David Coulson
Blog: Ice fishing with the wife 12.23.12 by David Coulson
Blog: Boomerang Tool Co. Grip 11.07.12 by Joshua Christensen
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