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parasitic trematode (grubs)

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I saw this picture of a catfish that online and also this info

A blind catfish with no eyes we sampled in the field from a professor at UConn. This particular condition was caused by a parasitic trematode, which deteriorates the lens, eventually scarring over of the entire eye. Cats with eye abnormalities grew just as fast and those with apparently healthy eyes.

I know I've caught several channels that were missing either both eyes or one eye. Some fresh, some that look like they have been scared over. Anyone else think this is a possibility or do you think its battle scars from river conditions, other fish, spawning, or from a fisherman.

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Sounds like a question that is better aimed at the DNR rather than speculating.. but it makes sense that they would grow equally with or without eyes.. its not like catfish rely on sight for foraging for food

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Cats with eye abnormalities grew just as fast and those with apparently healthy eyes.

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Channels always seem to be jacked up nasty fish. I just contributed it to catching cooties from walleyes.

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Nick that should make it easy for you to catch... just sneak up on its blind side grin...

I've caught a few with one eye missing and even had the hook thru the eye socket as dachise talks about but havent caught a total blind cat yet but I bet you know when that will happen you'll get its seeing eye dogfish first laugh

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