Identification: A large, heavy-bodied catfish with a deeply-forked caudal fin. Color is pale blue to gray on the back and sides, fading to white on the lower sides and belly. It is similar to the Channel Catfish, but differs by having a long, straight-edged (vs. shorter, rounded) anal fin and no dark spots on the body. Adults can grow to about 5.5 ft. (150 lbs.), but individuals ranging from 20-50 in. (3-60 lbs.) are most common.
Distribution and Habitat: Occurs in main channels, backwaters, and embayments of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, lower reaches of their major tributaries, as well as open waters of large reservoirs. The Blue Catfish is stocked as a sport fish in several reservoirs in central and western Kentucky.