Progress Report On Golden Channel Catfish

In June, 1956, albino channel catfish (Ictalurus Lacustris) were observed to occur in possibly two spawns from wild colored parents. These albino channel catfish have been named "Golden Channel Catfish." By stocking the golden channel catfish fingerlings in large water areas, sufficient growth was obtained so that several of the fish became sexually mature at the age of two years and a weight of about two pounds. Three spawns were obtained from these two-year-old golden channel catfish in the spring of 1958, and all the young were golden (albino) in color. The golden channel catfish seems to be equal in ruggedness to the wild colored individuals and possesses superior eye appeal both alive and dressed. The strain of fish envolved has a domesticated history exceeding ten years.

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