I ave eaten the US catfish, and Wels Catfish in Europe, plus the various carps. Very similar taste. Not like a minnow, not at all! Catfish and carp are bottom feeders. Hence what some people perceive as a ‘muddy’ taste of the carp and Wels Catfish Yep, they have bones, but if you know where they are it is not a problem. One row of thin ones as an ’extra’ plus the stabdard fish skeleton design Pike is worse. Freshwater bream the worst. I know exactly where the bones are on all European freshwater and saltwater fish, so seldom get a bone in the mouth unawares. Freshwater fish was my main food on my treks before we moved to UK. No fish was too small for me! Last time we had catfish (US) we swore through the meal. We do not know the anatomy.