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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluehead sucker
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Emerald Shiner
Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Golden Trout
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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.

Most Recent Blue Catfish Forum Posts
CO to South Carolina 03.27.23 by BlueCat 83
any species of catfish 05.12.22 by Poppyt
Big blue cat caught... 12.09.19 by dizzel
Three new PBs in one day! 10.22.19 by phidoux
New to Aurora 08.13.18 by Goat Mans
Blue cats in the Hag? 06.25.18 by edawg
A new PB for me. 10.19.17 by phidoux
OK Bluecat vacation 02.28.17 by FISHRANGLER
Last years Monster BLueKitty 02.25.14 by Fish024
Which pond 06.18.13 by basstotrout
Blue Catfish Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
Blog: Thoughts on Catfish Tactics 10.07.15 by David Coulson
Blog: Boomerang Tool Co. Grip 11.07.12 by Joshua Christensen
Blog: 4 Apps Every Angler With A Smartphone Should Use 02.09.12 by Joshua Christensen
Blog: Big Rains, Big Catfish and Warmer Weather 01.29.12 by Chad Ferguson
Blog: Clouser Pattern Detailed - New Article 12.16.11 by Matt Snider
Blog: Fall and Winter Catfishing 10.30.11 by Chad Ferguson
Blog: North Texas Catfishing Update 10.16.11 by Chad Ferguson
Blog: Become a pro 09.30.11 by Joshua Christensen
Recent Colorado Blue Catfish Photos by Fish Explorer Members
by fathog247 - 35 inches released by Bubba02STi - by tazz - by tazz - by cookster - by cookster - by Catfishsearcher01 - Blue catfish at the annex by Mater4585 - by Slugger69 -
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