The Ultimate Catfish Spawning Quiz
by Staff
The catfish is a popular game fish that can give you a good fight once successfully hooked. The best time to do this is just after the catfish spawn, which depends on many variables. Take our catfish spawn quiz to learn about getting ready to reel in one of these large bottom feeders.

At what age do catfish mature to a state where they are ready to spawn?

  • one to two years
  • two to three years
  • three to four years

Which catfish builds the nest for spawning purposes?

  • the male
  • the female
  • both of the above share responsibility

How are the catfish eggs laid?

  • they are in a long tube
  • they are in a sticky yellow mass
  • they are in an oval sac

Who guards and keeps the eggs until they hatch and finally leave the nest?

  • the male
  • the female
  • they share responsibility

How many days do the catfish eggs take to hatch?

  • four to seven days
  • six to 10 days
  • eight to 12 days

When is the best time to fish for catfish?

  • during the spawn
  • before the spawn
  • after the spawn

What is the minimum acceptable water temperature before catfish will spawn?

  • 50 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 57 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 66 degrees Fahrenheit

What is the preferred range of water temperature that flathead catfish like for spawning?

  • 66 F to 75 F
  • 70 F to 84 F
  • 68 F to 72 F

What is a popular method used by hatcheries to reproduce catfish?

  • catfish jars
  • three-liter soft drink bottles
  • both of the above are acceptable

How can you tell juvenile catfish and small adults that are too young to spawn?

  • Young catfish will have dark or black spots on their bodies.
  • Young catfish will have yellowy white spots on their bodies.
  • Young catfish will have blue spots on their underbellies.

What is the only kind of catfish found in Eastern Canada?

  • flathead catfish
  • brown bullhead catfish
  • channel catfish

On average, how long do catfish live?

  • 10 years
  • 14 years
  • 17 years

How many eggs do channel catfish that live in the Chesapeake Bay lay at a time?

  • 1,000 to 4,000
  • 3,000 to 12,000
  • 2,000 to 21,000

Where do catfish like to make their nests?

  • in dark cavities
  • in gravel on the bottom
  • in soft muddy spots

Where is a good spot to fish for catfish during spawning season?

  • well upriver in tributaries
  • at the mouths of tributaries
  • shallow grassy parts of the lake

How do catfish taste their food?

  • as they eat it
  • they do not taste as they eat almost anything
  • with external taste buds

What is the name given to the whiskers on catfish?

  • adarms
  • barbels
  • feelers

What is the most popular way to catch catfish?

  • bait casting
  • fly-fishing
  • swimbait casting

What test rating of line will you need for catfish angling?

  • 5 to 10 pound test
  • 10 to 15 pound test
  • 15 to 20 pound test

What was the record weight of the heaviest sport-fishing catfish ever landed?

  • 27 pounds
  • 32 pounds
  • 39 pounds