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Catfish

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Catfish
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Blue Catfish drawing by Duane Raver, USFWS, copyright
Blue Catfish
Bullhead catfish drawing by Duane Raver, USFWS, copyright
Bullhead

Channel catfish drawing by Duane Raver, USFWS, copyright
Channel Catfish

Flathead catfish drawing by Duane Raver, USFWS, copyright
Flathead Catfish

white catfish by Duane Raver, USFWS, copyrighted picture
White Catfish


 Madtom Catfish are diminutive catfishes found in high quality habitats of streams and rivers but are rarely caught by anglers.

Drawings by Duane Raver of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

"The catfish is a plenty good enough fish for anyone," said Mark Twain.

Alabama fishing license requirements apply to anglers catching catfish. Alabama waters are productive, so no regulation limits the number of catfish that can be kept.  However, only one blue catfish or flathead catfish longer than 34 inches may be kept each day from most waters of Alabama.  No live blue catfish or flathead catfish longer than 34 inches may be transported out of Alabama without approval in writing from the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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