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Albino Catfish

Post By: ass bass or cash      Posted: 2/16/2019 1:10:44 PM     Points: 986    
Never heard of these before.

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 Reply by: bron      Posted: Feb. 16, 6:10:17 PM     Points: 25661    
I have one in my fish tank at home. Almost that big too.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: Feb. 17, 9:47:33 AM     Points: 1682    
Bron you have a Channel cat I would believe? They typically are sold at pet stores and the one imaged is a Blue cat that is white.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Feb. 17, 6:14:19 PM     Points: 25661    
I assumed my pet albino cat was a tropical fish and not a channel cat. Just saying I have an albino and giving him his 15 minutes of fame.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: Feb. 18, 10:06:26 AM     Points: 1682    
All fish deserve recognition Bron
Fifteen minutes should be plenty.
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: Feb. 18, 2:25:52 PM     Points: 6095    
Hey Rangler what makes you say it's a blue?
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: Feb. 18, 6:53:00 PM     Points: 18190    
There were a few in a farm pond where I grew up (and fished) as a kid. For whatever reason we were scared of those when swimming, but in reality it was the bluegills that forced us to swim with T-shirts on just to preserve our nipples. Those little things thought that they were piranhas, I swear.
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: Feb. 18, 9:14:29 PM     Points: 18190    
I should also mention: The pond I mention was a farm pond. It was stocked by the farmer (my cousin's neighbor) who put in Channel Cats, but not intentionally any albino ones. So it seems that it was more or less a naturally occurring phenomenon that there were a few in there when I was a kid.
Years later, there were none. We do suspect that they were less likely to live long due to predation.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: Feb. 19, 9:50:36 AM     Points: 1682    
brookieflyfisher
Why you want to be a fish squeezer too? LOL

Absolutely no way in that photo to count Rays so You tell me.

Usually Albinos in the wild caught are Blues. This could just as easily be a Channel cat though. And after more thought probably is given its location. so my best guess would be Channel cat.

Go ahead show me how smart you are today.
 Reply by: Wojo      Posted: Feb. 19, 6:24:52 PM     Points: 67    
It's a blue catfish We used to have them in CF&I club in Pueblo They would run anywhere from 1 to 15 lbs We would get one out of 15 when fishing for catfish The meat was exactly the same as the Blues
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: Feb. 20, 12:36:55 PM     Points: 6095    
I was just curious Rangler. I don't know catfish very well, never lived in an area with anything besides channels. Plus I don't care about bottom feeders <<wink emoji>>

In all seriousness though the IA DNR records indicate they've only ever stocked channels in Storm Lake (where this picture is from) but the DNR can get stuff mixed up sometimes and then there are the bucket boys...if you knew for sure I was going to suggest reporting it to the IA DNR.

Thanks!