Top 10 Types of Catfish Ranked by Size

Wels Catfish:These incredible fish can grow to impressive dimensions, with lengths stretching up to 15 feet and weighing anywhere from 300 to 660 pounds. 

Tiger Catfish:The tiger catfish is a remarkable freshwater fish that has quickly gained popularity among aquarists. Impressive in size, it claims the 9th position on this list of the largest catfish species. 

Sharptooth Catfish:Reaching a maximum length of 5 feet 7 inches and weighing up to 130 pounds, the sharptooth catfish is a resilient species capable of adapting to various habitats.

Redtail Catfish:Reaching lengths of 5 feet or more and weighing up to 180 pounds, redtail catfish are highly sought after as game fish in their natural habitats. 

 Piraiba:The piraiba, an aquatic behemoth, can grow up to nearly 12 feet in length and weigh over 400 pounds.

Mekong Giant Catfish:These magnificent creatures possess a white-to-gray coloration and lack distinctive stripes. Their eyes are set low, giving them a somewhat melancholic appearance. 

Jau Catfish:The jau catfish, often referred to as the “sumo wrestlers” of the Amazon, possesses a tough and formidable nature, rivaling its counterparts, the retail and piraiba catfish.

Goonch :Growing up to 6.6 feet in length, the goonch catfish is a formidable predator and the fourth largest catfish on our list. 

Flathead Catfish:The flathead catfish is a widely recognized species that needs no introduction. It is the second-largest catfish in North America, trailing only behind the blue catfish in size.

Blue Catfish:While typically growing to be under 2 feet in length, blue catfish have the potential to reach an impressive size of 5 feet and weigh over 100 pounds.

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