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#10908588 - 06/10/15 12:16 PM Good Size for Channels
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What's a good keeper size for channel cats? I did a search on the these forums but didn't see anything specific. I typically fish on Palestine so no minimum limit size. Hoping to go out within the next few days to put a few in the freezer. Thanks...
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#10908677 - 06/10/15 12:46 PM Re: Good Size for Channels [Re: Astro77]
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For blue and channel catfish, no minimum length. Daily bag and possession limit = 50 blue and channel catfish in any combination, of which no more than 5 may be 20 inches or longer. For flathead catfish, minimum length=18 inches and daily bag=5.

I personally only keep channel or blue cats from 12 to 16 inches or 1 to 3 pounds.

With a daily and possession limit of 50 fish, you can put a lot in the freezer quick. If you find them and get them to bite that is.
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#10908689 - 06/10/15 12:51 PM Re: Good Size for Channels [Re: Astro77]
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From my experience the channels tend to be around 12" to 16" long on Palestine. 15" to 18" is a good keeper size to me. I have been known to eat 12" channels too. The little ones can sure fin your hands if your not careful handling them.

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#10910428 - 06/11/15 07:37 AM Re: Good Size for Channels [Re: milton1allen]
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Originally Posted By: milton1allen
From my experience the channels tend to be around 12" to 16" long on Palestine. 15" to 18" is a good keeper size to me. I have been known to eat 12" channels too. The little ones can sure fin your hands if your not careful handling them.


I hear ya on being careful, those small one are dangerous with their fins. You been out on Palestine much lately? I think I might try using some punch bait on a trebel.
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#10912639 - 06/12/15 09:11 AM Re: Good Size for Channels [Re: Astro77]
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I release all under 14".
14" seems to be the smallest size I can easily filet with my electric knife and still get a nice filet for the grease. I never caught a Channel over 9 lbs so that has to be the biggest I would keep. smile
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#10912754 - 06/12/15 10:05 AM Re: Good Size for Channels [Re: Astro77]
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I like the 1-3 pounders. I can get my hand around their head and have a good hold while I fillet. Bigger sometimes are hard to hold.
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#10914279 - 06/12/15 10:49 PM Re: Good Size for Channels [Re: ChuChu1]
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Originally Posted By: ChuChu1
I like the 1-3 pounders. I can get my hand around their head and have a good hold while I fillet. Bigger sometimes are hard to hold.





Plus #1. One to three pound fish are the best for me! thumb
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