Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
Smith Creek Fish Farm is centrally located in Western New York about an hours drive from Buffalo and Rochester. The hatchery and retail pond supply outlet has seasonal hours for fish pickup and walk in customers. Our expert fish packers will oxygen bag your fish for easy, safe and stress-free transport. We do suggest bringing coolers or totes to to hold your bagged fish. Truck delivery of trout, game fish and forage is available in the WNY area, when orders meet our deliver minimums. We also safely ship, by UPS Next Day Air, many of our fish species including triploid grass carp and crayfish. Unfortunately we ONLY ship fish to New York addresses. All of our fish are 2020 NY DEC certified disease free and have been for more than 10 years.
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The channel catfish is most commonly found around the bottom of a lake or pond. It is a scavenger and will eat just about anything it can find. It will eat live fish, although it is not considered to be a predator. It generally has little effect on the predator/prey roles except where exceptionally large fish are found. It will take to commercial fish food and has tremendous growth potential.
The channel catfish is growing in popularity among sport fishermen due to its large size, hard fighting ability, and its tasty flesh. The channel catfish can be distinguished from other catfish by the presence of dark spots on its body and a deeply forked tail. Channel catfish do not generally reproduce in ponds due to the absence of an adequate spawning structure. A suitable structure can be added by placing buckets or drain tile in depths of 3 to 4 feet of water along the pond bottom. One year old fish may range in size from 3 to 8 inches. Channel catfish usually become sexually mature when they reach at least 11 inches.
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