14 Live Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) 50% male 50% female.
They are small now, but they grow very fast .
Channel catfish possess very keen senses of smell and taste. At the pits of their nostrils (nares) are very sensitive odor sensing organs with a very high concentration of olfactory receptors. In channel catfish, these organs are sensitive enough to detect several amino acids at about one part per 100 million in water. In addition, the channel catfish has taste buds distributed over the surface of its entire body. These buds are especially concentrated on the fish's four pair of barbels (whiskers) surrounding the mouth — about 25 buds per square millimeter. This combination of exceptional senses of taste and smell allows the channel catfish to find food in dark, stained, or muddy water with relative ease. Channel catfish also possess a Weberian apparatus, which amplifies sound waves that would otherwise not be perceivable.
.Channel catfish are omnivores, and can be caught using a variety of natural and prepared baits, including crickets, night crawlers, minnows, shad, freshwater drum, crawfish, frogs, bullheads, sunfish, and suckers. Catfish have even been known to take Ivory soap as bait and even raw steak.
Jug lines, trotlines, limb lines, and bank lines are popular methods of fishing for channel catfish in addition to traditional rod-and-reel fishing. Another method uses traps, either "slat traps" — long wooden traps with an angled entrance — and wire hoop traps. Typical bait for these traps include rotten cheese and dog food. Catches of as many as 100 fish a day are common in catfish traps. An unusual method practiced in the Southeastern United States is noodling – catching catfish by hand.
When removing the hook from a catfish, anglers should be mindful of the sharp spines on the pectoral and dorsal fins.