The channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, is a popular sport fish that is currently found in many of Utah's warmer waters, such as Utah Lake, but is not native to the state. The channel catfish is native to many areas of North America east of the Rocky Mountains.
Channel catfish eat many types of foods, including plant matter, detritus, and a large variety of invertebrates, although adult fish are primarily piscivorous (they eat fish). The species spawns in late spring and summer, with eggs hatching in about one week. Eggs are guarded by the males, who also guard young fish after hatching.