Channel Catfish


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    Catfish a plenty in the Snake River [video]

    Catfishing doesn’t have a strong tradition in Idaho, but it could.  Fisheries biologist Joe Kozfkay is comfortable in saying there’s over a million catfish in the Snake River, CJ Strike, and Brownlee. To show off this bountiful fishery, Kozfkay took a couple of young anglers fishing in the Snake River near Parma.

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    Big fish, big fun: catfish are the Snake River's overlooked bounty

    Imagine a river loaded with big fish that are eager to bite and put up a mean fight when hooked. Imagine you have most of the river for you and your fishing pals to catch as many fish as you want to clean and eat. 

    Imagine no more, because this place actually exists, and it’s only minutes from Idaho’s most populous region. If you haven’t already guessed, it’s the Snake River, and while anglers may pine for that scenario to include steelhead and salmon, the river has catfish in almost embarrassing abundance.  

Channel Catfish

Ictalurus punctatus

IDAPA Classification: Game Fish
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