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White Catfish

Scientific Name: Ictalurus catus
White Catfish (Ictalurus catus) Illustration

Record Pictures

New Jersey state record white catfish caught from Dallenbach Pond.
Timothy Jasko proudly holds the New Jersey State record white catfish. This fish weighed 14 pounds, 4 ounces and was caught from Dallenbach Pond in 2004. This is one of the biggest white cats caught since 1994 world record. Considering they rarely reach weights over 10 pounds, this is a monster.

9 pound white catfish
Angler holding a 9 pound white catfish he caught from a golf course pond in northern california.

Popular Fishing Video

Video showing off a few white catfish being caught. There's not much videos for these fish due to there unpopularity.

Information & Fishing Tips

Also known as White bullhead. White Catfish are not very popular, compared to other larger north American catfish. They are about as popular as a bullhead catfish. They usually average such a small size that fisherman would rather fish for Blue, Flathead or Channel catfish. White catfish are great biters and do very well in ponds. They can also be found in slow moving streams, river backwaters and reservoirs. Because of there forked tail and similar color, they are often mistaken as Channel Catfish. They spawn in late spring, making nests on sand or gravel bottoms. They are especially popular in pay as you go, or pay to fish ponds. White catfish, like flatheads prefer live bait. Most popular baits are small live minnows, but they will take fresh cut baits and night crawlers. They can live up to 14 years old but grow slowly. They can reach weights up to 22 pounds (Anything over 10 is very rare though) and reach lengths up to 35 inches. They are found all over the east coast and have been introduced to California and Utah. Their meat is excellent to eat, up there with channel catfish.
White Catfish Distribution Map

World Record

Angler: Unknown. Caught: in 1994. Weight: 22 pounds. Location: William Land Park Pond, California, USA.

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