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Fish Identification

White Catfish

White catfish

White catfish are gray to dark blue above and have white to yellowish bellies; the sides are usually plain without distinct markings, chin whiskers are pale, the anal fin has a rounded margin, and the tail is moderately forked. They are most similar to channel catfish, which have dark chin whiskers, and blue catfish, which have an anal fin with a long straight edge.

Scientific Name:  Ameiurus catus

Adult size: 8-37 inches

Distribution: Found throughout the state, except the Coosa and Tennessee River basins

Current State Record Information

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