Channel Catfish


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    Upper Snake ponds stocked with catfish to keep fishing hotter than the weather

    All fish seek cooler temperatures when it gets hot out just as we do. But species such as catfish can thrive in warmer waters and are often easier to catch than a cold water species like trout.

  • Conservation Officer Craig Mickelson helps angler Tammy Thomas reel in a large catfish at Horseshoe Bend Pond in 2018

    Catfish surprise at Horseshoe Bend Pond [Video]

    Tammy Thomas went fishing at Horseshoe Bend Pond with the hopes of catching a bluegill or bass. Little did she expect a very large catfish to end up on her line, let alone have a Fish and Game conservation officer witness and film her reeling it in.

    While on a recent patrol at Horseshoe Bend Pond. Craig Mickelson was able to record footage of Tammy Thomas as she masterfully (and excitedly) fought and landed a large channel catfish. We think you’ll enjoy the video.


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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

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