The Channel Cat
The channel cat is a much smaller fish and though it is said to reach a weight of twenty pounds sometimes, the usual weight is five or six pounds. It is a nicer appearing fish than the other members of the family, being more slender and having a head smaller in proportion to body. The tail is forked and the anal fin is very large. It shades from dark slate on the back to white on the underside and shows a number of small black spots on the sides. It is found throughout the Mississippi Valley and the Great Lake region; also in other rivers of the Southern States. The channel cat, unlike the bullhead and other members of the catfish family, prefers running, clear, cool water, where the bottom is gravelly or stony. It is a better fish than any of the others, and takes almost any kind of natural bait, even live minnows, if they are not moved too rapidly. The tackle for this fish may be the same as for the bullhead except that line and hooks should be stronger. If desired, a black bass bait outfit can be used.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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