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Ridgewood NJ, according to the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife ,last week 28 waters were stocked with “Super Cats”, channel catfish averaging 28 inches and 6.5 pounds. These retired breeders are sure to provide some exciting time on the water.
These waters include Dahnert’s Lake, and Indian Lake in Bergen County .
The channel catfish is the largest member of the catfish family found in New Jersey. Channel cats are avidly sought after sport fish that grow to trophy proportions. They are excellent table fare and are commercially raised for market. Channel cats are generally bottom feeders, feeding on nearly all aquatic life forms including fish, insects and crustaceans. They feed mostly at night, using their barbels and their sense of taste to find food. Even so, channel catfish are believed to be more of a sight feeder than other catfishes, because of their clearer-water habitat preference.
The channel catfish is an adaptable fish, usually found in clear, warm lakes and moderately large to large rivers over clean sand, gravel or rock-rubble bottoms. The Delaware River and its tidal tributaries, including the Maurice River, are New Jersey’s most productive channel cat waters. The Salem Canal and Cooper River Park Lake also have good fisheries.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife annually stocks over 70 waterbodies throughout New Jersey with Channel Catfish raised at the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery. As an added bonus this year, 28 waters were stocked between October 6-9 with “Super Cats”, which average 28 inches and 6.5 pounds. Similar to the Division’s Bonus Brood Stock Trout Stocking Program, these 5+ year-old Super Cats have been retired as brood stock and are stocked for angler enjoyment.