International Game Fish Association

The International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.

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catfish, blue
(Ictalurus furcatus)


(Lesueur, 1840); ICTALURIDAE FAMILY; also known as bagre azul This native species of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio River basin systems frequents deep areas of large rivers, swift chutes, and pools with swift currents. It is confined to the major rivers of the aforementioned systems, extending north into South Dakota and southern Minnesota, and south into Mexico and northern Guatemala. It has been introduced into Virginia. This is the largest catfish of the family Ictaluridae, reported to grow to 120 lb (54 kg). The only larger catfish is the wels (Silurus glanis), a member of the...Read More

All-Tackle Records
WeightLocationCatch DateAngler 
64.86 kg (143 lb 0 oz)Kerr Lake, Buggs Island, Virginia, USA18-Jun-2011Richard Nicholas AndersonRecord Details