How many taste buds does a catfish have?

How many taste buds does a catfish have?

Channel catfish have many taste bud’s that are located over their entire body. The area with the most taste buds is the barbells, which are their whiskers. These whiskers surround the mouth can have as many as twenty-five buds per square millimeter. That is why the catfish can seek out food in the darkest and dirtiest of water. Because of their many taste buds, it is always wise to use live bait such as suckers, sunfish, herring, minnows and even shad when fishing for a catfish. There are channel catfish that can also sense one part per one hundred million amino acids in water. Since the catfish has four barbells, you can imagine the sensitivity of their sense of taste. Smell and taste is high in the catfish. I have heard of some catfish biting at ivory soap, but I would not recommend this as bait. Live fish will work the best for catching catfish. Underwater conditions that are muddy will still result in catching a catfish. That might be another reason why catfish prefer nighttime feeding. They can smell and taste their food so far away and with no sight of it needed that they can sneak up on anything. Although the channel catfish has so many taste buds, you still need to make the presentation appealing. Try live bait on a jig and you should catch a catfish in no time. They do have strange taste preferences, but that is the nice thing about fishing for the big catfish.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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