What is the secret to catching Mississippi white catfish?

There are no White Catfish in the Mississippi.River The White Catfish (Ameiurus catus), is a member of the bullhead family of catfishes, is native to rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean. It is common along the Atlantic Seaboard and as far west as the Tennessee River Valley drainage system.

What is erroneously refereed to a the Mississippi White Catfish is actually the Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus). Blue cats are large catfish of the Mississippi River drainage system with a unique habit of changing color according to the water quality. In clear, cool water, Blue Cats skin absorb more sunlight, turning their skins darker grayish-blue. In warmer, muddy water thier skin can look bleached, and almost chalk-white. At one time (a long time ago) they were thought to be a different species, but anatomical examination proved that they were just common Blue Catfish.

Happy Fishing.


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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