White Catfish


White Catfish, also scientifically known‍ as “Ameiurus catus”, belongs to the Ictaluridae family of ⁣fish.

Conservation Status

White Catfish’s current conservation status varies between ‍regions and there are no known targeted conservation efforts due⁤ to their wide distribution and relatively common occurrence.


Length12-16 inches6-24 inches
Weight1.5-2 lbs0.5-8 lbs
Average LifespanUp to 14⁤ years 


While Native to the Atlantic coastal states of the United States,⁤ white ⁣catfish have been introduced and are⁣ now found in many other regions within the country as well. There are no significant known migration patterns.


White Catfish‌ tend ⁢to ⁣prefer freshwater environments, particularly‌ slow-moving waters such as ponds, ‌small lakes, and slow streams. They usually reside within⁣ a depth range of 1-3 meters and opt for temperature ranges between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.

When and Where to See

Summer to ‌early fall marks the prime season to ‌witness​ the White Catfish. As nocturnal creatures, ​they⁢ are most active ⁢during the night.

Best Fishing Locations

The ‌states of Maryland‌ and Virginia offer some of the best fishing spots for the white catfish. Two specific locations⁤ include:

  1. Potomac River
  2. Chesapeake Bay

How to Catch

The favored bait amongst anglers when fishing⁣ for White Catfish are‌ worms, fish, and chicken livers. Bottom fishing techniques, especially‍ during the night can lead to a successful catch.

Identification Guide

Categorized by an unspotted, olive-brown to⁢ slate-gray color, the White Catfish distinguishes itself⁢ through its ‍forked tail and slight ​humpback. Its closest ​relative,‌ the​ Channel Catfish appears similar but has ⁣a deeply forked tail​ as an distinguishing trait.


The White ⁣Catfish comes with a ⁢pleasant, slightly sweet taste. It’s popularly fried, baked or broiled.

Nutritional⁣ Information

White Catfish serves⁣ as a ‍good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Additional‌ Information

White Catfish⁢ feed heavily on small fish and⁣ crustaceans. Predators⁣ include larger fish and birds while human-induced threats include pollution and habitat destruction.

References and Further Reading

Fishbase: Ameiurus catus