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Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Brook Trout
Brown Bullhead
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon
Common Carp
Creek Chubsucker
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Flathead Catfish
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Lake Chubsucker
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Tilapia
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Threadfin Shad
White Bass
White Catfish
White Crappie
White Perch
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch

White Catfish
The white catfish has a native range from New York southward through most of Florida along the Atlantic Coast.  They have been introduced into the mid-west and the west coast.  While white catfish are found in fresh water lakes and rivers, they are primarily a tidal water species, tolerating salinity levels to five percent.  Standing or slow-moving waters with sandy, silty or muddy substrates are preferred. 
White catfish belong to the bullhead family.  Coloration is generally blue-gray above, turning gray on sides with a white belly. The tail is moderately forked with rounded ends.  The upper jaw extends slightly beyond the lower. While white catfish are sometimes mistaken for the channel catfish, the head is broader, and the anal fin is shorter and more rounded.  Further the chin barbells are white. White catfish seldom get much over five pounds and two feet long. 
Spawning occurs in early summer when water temperatures reach 68 to 72 degrees.  They fan out large, shallow bowl-like nests in sand or gravel.  Females deposit one to two thousand eggs and both guard them until they hatch in approximately one week. Males may remain close to the fry until they stop schooling and disperse.
Fish comprise a major part of their diet, but whites also feed on larval aquatic insects, small crustaceans, fish eggs and aquatic plants. Unlike other catfish they are aggressive daytime feeders.

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