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?
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?
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?
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?
brown bullhead catfish
On average, how long do catfish live?
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?
What is the most popular way to catch catfish?
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?