Freshwater Catfish (Clarias batrachus)
Common Name: Walking Catfish,
Local Name: Native Hito (Tagalog); ??? (Cebuano)
Max Size: 47 cm
Depth: 0 – ? m
Fishing Season: All Year Long
Minimum Size Limit: none
Recommended Bait/Lures: Worms, liver, stinkbaits
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
This is called Native Hito or Hito Tagalog by the locals.
There is another kind of catfish that is common here as well, which are basically the same in appearance except that they are grey in color and usually a bit larger. These are the “African Hito,” which were apparently imported for the aquaculture industry. Though they are larger they apparently do not taste as good as their smaller endemic relatives.