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White Catfish

Ameirus catus

Appearance

Sides are blue-gray to blue-black and may be mottled. The tail is moderately forked, and the anal fin is shorter and rounder than that of channel or blue catfish.

Habitat

Found statewide in rivers and streams and in slightly brackish coastal waters.

Behavior

Although fish are their major food, whites also eat larval aquatic insects, small crustaceans, fish eggs and aquatic plants. They may feed at night, but are not as nocturnal as other catfish.

Additional Information

State Record:  18.88 lbs.

Big Catch minimum:  22 inches or 5 lbs.

Fishing Tips and Facts: Among the catfishes found in Florida, the white is second only to the channel catfish in popularity. Live bait, especially minnows and worms, accounts for most caught whites, but they also will take cut and prepared baits.