Central Valley Aqua Farm is one the largest producers of Channel catfish in Central California. With 191 acres, our catfish have enough space to grow to large sizes. We supply catfish year round to the Asian food markets throughout Northern and Central California, including the bay area, and south as far as Bakersfield and LA, and also supply most of the recreational fishing lakes in Central California during the summer catfish fishing season. We also have contracts with The Dept of Fish and game for their catfish stocking programs. In the local Asian food and fish markets, you will see our catfish on display in live fish tanks where they are freshly purchased from customers. Channel catfish are found in the wild roaming the bottoms of lakes and rivers. However, in the farm, they are aggressive feeders and scavangers who will turn the water brownish in color because of their behavior. Supply is limited, so Contact us to book your order.
At our farm, we start out in May putting breeding bins in the mud ponds we prepared for the adults to have them spawn in. We then check them on a regular basis for any activity, and for eggs or frys in the bins. If eggs are present, they are gathered and incubated in the hatchery until three to four weeks when they are old and strong enough to be put into mud ponds for grow out into fingerlings. The picture is of small 2-4 inches Channel catfish fingerlings. Usually, there is a descrepancy in sizes in the batch due to the more aggressive fish getting more feed. And many times, young and hungry Channel catfish can become cannabalistic to each other. This is also the time when they are big enough to be prey upon by many predators such has herons, egrets, and racoons. Snakes and Osprey hawks can also take the prize as well if they are present.
Harvested Channel catfish
It will take two to three years for them to reach at least two pounds to where they are marketale. And at this stage, they are harvested from the mud ponds by seine, which requires a good teamwork from the crew to be able to get the required number of fish for sale to the customer. Usually, in large ponds, tractors are used to seine the ponds through heavy duty netting made especially for harvesting. Once they are harvested, our dealers will transport them to be sold live in the food market.
Please Contact to purchase our Channel catfish.