Official Nebraska Government Website
Nebraska State Historical Society  

Channel Catfish

Nebraska's state fish, the channel catfish, lives in lakes and larger rivers. A popular sport fish, the catfish locates food by probing with sensitive whisker-like projections called barbels. Channel catfish eat insects, fish, frogs, and plants.

In 1997 Sandra Perry's Valley, Nebraska, fourth-grade class got the legislature to change the process of selecting state symbols. Now the governor, instead of the legislature, chooses state symbols. The state fish became the first state symbol chosen by this new process.

Channel Catfish drawing


NSHS Home  |  Search  |  Index  |  Top
Last updated 22 February 1999

For questions or comments on the website itself, email
Nebraska State Historical Society - P.O. Box 82554, 1500 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68501
Nebraska State Government Homepage
 |  Website Policies  |  © 2009 All Rights Reserved