Iowa DNR
River & Stream Biological Monitoring
Fish and Benthic Macroinvertebrate Surveys
Physical Habitat Assessments

Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus

Ictaluridae (Catfishes)
Trophic Class
Top Carnivore
Is Exotic to Iowa?
Is Lithophilous Spawner?
Is Hybrid?
State Listing Status
Not Listed
Assessment Program Statistics

This species was found at 223 bioassessment sites, 3 rapid fish bioassessment sites, 84 fisheries assessment sites, and 0 fisheries presence-only assessment sites. In total, it was collected at 307 distinct sites, or 24.8% of the 1237 total sites monitored by the bioassessment program. It is the 21st most commonly collected species.

The Channel Catfish was collected in 370 bioassessment sampling sessions and 184 fisheries assessment sessions. It was present in 3 rapid bioassessment sessions and 0 presence-only sessions.

The biological assessment program has collected a total of 11,382 individual Channel Catfish specimens, ranking it the #25 most collected fish.

Species Distribution Map