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Hi all,

I've been having arguements with catters local here in Fgo-Mhd. They claim to catch blues here. I never have.

I've caught some pretty big channels that could be mistaken for blues but weren't.

What is the best way to tell so I can set these bozos straight. Anal fin or tail or other.

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Fred,

I don't know the answer to your question, but I definitely agree with you- everything I've been told says that they aren't a bunch of blues that we catch, they are channels with a blue tone to them. I was told once why they get that blue color to them, but I can't remember why. Ed will jump all over this when he gets back from up north.
Scoot

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Thanks Scoot and Freckled lady bucket,

I always thought it was bigger channels up here that take on that color. That link helped Lady. Thanks.

Both these guys are Southerners that said otherwise. Seems to me the anal fin is straighter on the Blue.

Yup, Ed should be up North now having a good time. Dam, that guy can fish like no one I've ever seen. Interesting to watch.

I may hit the No. Dam tonight if feeling well enough.

Tight lines All

Fred

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How about Flatheads? Are they in the Red River near the Fargo area? I heard there are some, but not many.

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As far as NDGF is concerned, there are no flatheads or blues in the Red. The blue or gray color means a male channel cat, and it isn't only the big ones that get that color. I've caught them as small as 4# that had a gray coloration and relatively wide head. One surefire way to tell blues and channels apart is that the anal fin on a channel cat is rounded, while that of a blue cat is straight. I can't verify that male channels only turn gray prespawn, but I do seem to catch gray ones only in the summer.

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I have yet to catch a blue or a flathead but the Red supposedly has none. I think the Minnesota river has flats as does the St. Croix, Missouri, Mississippi, and other main rivers.

I'm having enough problems with these huge channels that are hitting hard. My arms are tired.

Good cattin all

Fred

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The easiest way to tell the difference between Blues and Channels is by the anal fin. If you look at a picture of the two types you will readily notice that the anal fin of a Blue has a long straight edge to it and a Channel Cat anal fin has a distinct curve. Coloration is never a good way to tell. I'm currently transplanted to Alabama and I frequently see proud anglers displaying pictures of misidentified 20# Channel Cats. If they see a little forking to the tail or the color is a little gray, they default to the call of "Channel Cat."
In-fisherman magazine had an article that dealt with this subject over the summer. It now looks like many of the largest Channels on record are apparently misidentified Blues.

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