Catfish live in fresh and brackish waters in the upper Chesapeake Bay and streams, creeks and rivers throughout the Bay watershed.
The catfish is a large, smooth-skinned fish with a bluish- or blackish-gray body and whisker-like barbels around the mouth. It lives in fresh and brackish rivers throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The catfish usually grow to about 2 feet in length, but can be as long as 4 feet and weigh more than 50 pounds. They are smooth-skinned, with a bluish- or blackish-gray body, a silvery white belly and olive fins. Small, dark spots are scattered across its sides; these spots may disappear as the catfish gets older. Four pairs of light, whisker-like barbels appear around its mouth. Its tail fin is deeply forked.