Post By: edawg Posted: 6/23/2018 10:01:38 PMPoints: 223
Saw in the stocking reports on the Lon Hagler homepage that 10,000 blue cats have been stocked since 2015. I wasnít aware that they were in there. Just wondering if anyone has caught any and how big they are now. Awesome that there is an opportunity for Blue cats now on the Front Range!
Reply by: Jimmy DFish Posted: 6/24/2018 9:25:36 AM Points: 194
I believe that the growth rate for blue cats is faster than that of channel cats. From what I have read they can grow up to 4 inches per year. Not sure about CO growth rates though. I'd assume they may be around 15-20 inches. I have fished a few places where they were stocked at and only caught channel cats.
Reply by: cookster Posted: 6/25/2018 8:25:28 AM Points: 61996
Iím no biologist but I am a blue cat fisherman and I have never seen a lake support blues without a strong Shad population. Sure there is other bait fish in the lake but just not the right bait fish. Without Shad blues will not have the grow rate you read about in a book. JMO