Catfish get their name from the long barbels, or catlike whiskers, around their mouths. The barbels are covered with taste buds that enable the fish to find food. When searching around at the bottom of a lake or river, the catfish trails its barbels along the muddy bottom. When a good taste turns up, the catfish shovels for it with its snout. Catfish have large appetites and will eat almost anything they can find - alive or dead. Catfish are a prize for anybody who likes to fish. They bite at any kind of bait, can put up a battle and are very tasty.