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Catfish Reproduction


Before reproduction can occur, the fish must become sexually mature. Study's suggest this doesn't happen until the fish are roughly 4-7 years old. This varies based on species, with channel maturing the earliest.   

After reaching sexually maturity, several other conditions must exist before they'll attempt reproduction. Proper water temperature and a secure nesting location top this list.

Once conditions are met, a nest will then be built. The female lays her eggs on the nest. The male then fertilizes the eggs. Typically, the male guards the eggs until they hatch, which takes roughly a week. Once hatched, the fry are protected by the male until they leave the nest. This usually takes about another week.



The larger/older the female catfish - the more eggs produced. Hence protection of larger fish is extremely important.

Catfish Reproduction

Protecting Larger Catfish is Important!

Catfish are the most harvested freshwater gamefish PERIOD! Whether it be commercial fisherman, paylakes, or recreational anglers. Catfish are taken by commercial gear such as hoop nets, gill nets and trotlines. They are also taken by recreational anglers on limb lines, jug lines, trot lines, and of course rod/reel. Not to mention other methods such as bow fishing and hand grabbing (or noodling).

CPR(Catch/Photograph/Release) and regulations protecting the larger catfish has become extremely important. These larger fish are the oldest/rarest of the catfish. These large catfish also happen to be the biggest breeders, with the best genes for producing another large catfish.

It should also be noted some of the greatest harvest numbers for Commercial fisherman and paylakes, come during the spawning season when catfish are more vulnerable. This also holds true for noodling, as the fish are pulled directly of the nest they are protecting.