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National Catfish Day

Celebrate National Catfish Day by cooking up a delicious meal - try out our favorite recipes and enjoy the flavorful taste of fried fish!
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June 25
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Get ready to celebrate National Catfish Day on June 25! This special day was created in 1987 to recognize the importance of catfish in the United States. Not only are they a popular food item, but they also play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems and providing recreational opportunities for anglers. Whether you're enjoying some fried catfish with your family or out fishing with friends, make sure to take time this day to appreciate these unique creatures!

History of National Catfish Day

National Catfish Day Dates

National Catfish Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Catfish Farming Begins</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the 1800s, catfish farming began to take shape in the southern states of the U.S, particularly in Mississippi and Arkansas.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1963</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Commercial Catfish Industry</div><div class='timeline-text'>The commercial catfish industry started to form when the first large-scale catfish farm opened in Mississippi.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>US Farm-Raised Catfish Promoted</div><div class='timeline-text'>The US government started initiatives to promote US farm-raised catfish, recognizing its growing importance in the economy and health.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1986</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Catfish Day Declared</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Ronald Reagan declared June 25th as National Catfish Day to recognize the importance and value of farm-raised catfish.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2003</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Catfish Genome Mapped</div><div class='timeline-text'>Scientists successfully mapped the catfish genome, marking a big stride in aquaculture and the understanding of this species.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Record Catfish Catch</div><div class='timeline-text'>A new record was set for the largest blue catfish ever caught, weighing in at 121.5 pounds, in Lake Texoma, Texas.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Catfish Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go fishing</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head to your local lake or pond and cast your line in search of the perfect catfish. Enjoy the solitude of the outdoors, take in the scenery, and with a bit of luck, you'll come home with dinner.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Eat at a Catfish Restaurant</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Search online and find a restaurant that specializes in catfish.  Many restaurants serve up some delicious deep fried catfish that you are sure to enjoy.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a Catfish Farm</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many farms offer tours of their facilities and allow visitors to feed their catfish. This is a great way to learn about the fish, as well as meet and interact with them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share Catfish Stories</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather around with friends and family to tell stories about your catfishing adventures. Share tips on where to find the best places for catching catfish, as well as all of your funny experiences.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a Catfish Party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for a fish fry! Serve up some delicious catfish dishes, such as fried catfish, grilled catfish, or even tacos filled with crunchy catfish pieces.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Catfish Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Catfish is delicious and nutritious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Catfish has a mild, sweet flavor that pairs well with a variety of spices and flavors. It's also a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. It's an excellent choice for anyone looking for a lean, nutritious meal!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Catfish is easy to cook</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether you bake it, fry it, or poach it, catfish is quick and easy to make. Plus, you can dress it up with your favorite seasonings or sauces to give it some extra flavor. And because of its flaky texture, it cooks quickly so you don't have to wait too long to enjoy your meal!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Catfish supports local economies</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By purchasing locally-caught catfish from small farms and ranches, you are helping support your local economy by providing jobs and livelihoods for people in your region. Plus, you know you're getting top quality ingredients that have been raised responsibly and ethically by people who truly care about their animals' welfare!</p></div></div>

5 Fascinating Facts for National Catfish Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Catfish Have Exceptional Sense of Taste</h3><p class='facts-content'>Did you know? Catfish have taste buds all over their bodies which allows them to taste their food before they decide to eat it. This advantage makes them more efficient hunters in murky waters.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There Are Over 3,000 Species of Catfish</h3><p class='facts-content'>Catfish actually comprise a large diverse group of fish with over 3000 identified species. They inhabit all continents except Antarctica and can be found in a variety of environments from freshwater to seawater.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Whiskers of Catfish Are Loaded with Senses</h3><p class='facts-content'>The iconic whisker-like barbels of catfish are not just for show! They are loaded with sensory cells that help catfish detect changes in its environment, perceive chemical signals in the water, and find food in complete darkness.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Some Catfish Can Generate Electricity</h3><p class='facts-content'>Electric catfish, found mostly in Africa, can generate a powerful electric charge up to 350 volts. They use this ability primarily for navigation, communication, and hunting.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Catfish are an Important Part of the Ecosystem</h3><p class='facts-content'>Beyond their catch value, catfish provide important ecosystem services. They are often bottom-feeders and help to keep our water environments clean by consuming dead material on the river or pond bed.</p></div></div>

National Catfish Day FAQs

When is National Catfish Day?

National Catfish Day is celebrated on June 25th every year. In 2024, National Catfish Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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