Matt Hayes, Recreational Angler
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Posted on July 23, 2013 | Permalink
Chickamuxen Catfish Mix
Location: Chicamuxen Creek
Saturday night in Chickamuxen Creek we caught about 8 catfish, a mix of blues and channels. We noticed that almost all of the fish we caught and most of the fish we saw (in excess of 100) had visible sores. This is a regular fishing place for us. Though we have seen similar (and worse) sores before, we have not seen them with such prevalence. These two blue cats were about 18 and 22 inches.
DNR Response: The marks on the fish are ulcers in the skin of the catfish. These are areas where the fish probably scraped against some cover and lost its slime coat, allowing a minor bacterial infection to occur. Itís very common this time of year when water temperatures reach well into the 80ís and low 90ís. Fish tend to stress more in warmer temperatures and bacterial infections grow better in the higher water temperatures. Here is also a link to a previous post about catfish sores.