The Channel catfish typically grows to 5 to 10 pounds but can reach a weight of 58 pounds. These fish are native to North America where they live in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. They feed on small crustaceans, fish, clams and snails. They also will feed on aquatic insects and small mammals. The Channel catfish is North America's most populous catfish species and is highly fished for its meat. It is most active in the evening. These fish have a very strong sense of smell and taste. They have odor-sensing organs on their nostrils, taste buds located all over their bodies and four pairs of barbels that allow for stronger taste buds.