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channel catfish

Capt. Clark, July 24, 1804-- This evening Guthrege Cought a White Catfish, its eyes Small & tale much like that of a Dolfin.

Capt. Lewis, May 22, 1805--..we have caught but few fish since we left the Mandans, they do not bite freely, what we took were the white cat of 2 to 5 lbs.   I presume that fish are scarce in this part of the river.

Capt. Lewis, June 15, 1805--I amused myself in fishing, and sleeping away the fortiegues of yesterday.  I caught a number of very fine trout which I made goodrich dry ; goodrich also caught about two douzen and several small  cat of a yellow colour which would weigh about 4 lbs.   the tail was seperated with a deep angular nitch like that of the white cat of the missouri from which indeed they differed only in colour.

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