Catfish, flathead (Pylodictis olivaris)

(Rafinesque, 1818); ICTALURIDAE FAMILY
Native to the large rivers of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio basins from southern North Dakota, south into northern Mexico, and east as far as Lake Erie's southeast coast and the western most tip of the Florida panhandle. It occurs broadly over this entire areaand has now been widely introduced outside its native range.
The flathead catfish is very distinctive in appearance and not easily confused with any other species. It is one of the largest catfish in its family, second in size only to the blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus). It has a squarish,... Read More

 
 

All-Tackle World Records

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
All-Tackle
55.79 kg (123 lb 0 oz)
Elk City Reservoir, Independence, Kansas, USA
19-May-1998
 

Line Class World Records (Conventional Tackle)

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
M-01 kg (2 lb)
14.96 kg (33 lb 0 oz)
Cape Fear River, North Carolina, USA
21-Sep-1995
M-02 kg (4 lb)
30.39 kg (67 lb 0 oz)
Pomona Reservoir, Kansas, USA
19-May-1987
M-03 kg (6 lb)
24.49 kg (54 lb 0 oz)
Kanopolis Reservoir, Kansas, USA
26-Apr-2013
M-04 kg (8 lb)
29.94 kg (66 lb 0 oz)
Hartwell Lake, Hartwell, Georgia, USA
03-May-2010
M-06 kg (12 lb)
41.39 kg (91 lb 4 oz)
Lake Lewisville, Texas, USA
28-Mar-1982
M-08 kg (16 lb)
55.79 kg (123 lb 0 oz)
Elk City Reservoir, Independence, Kansas, USA
19-May-1998
M-10 kg (20 lb)
38.27 kg (84 lb 6 oz)
San Jacinto River, Houston, Texas, USA
27-May-1987
M-15 kg (30 lb)
36.85 kg (81 lb 4 oz)
Marais des Cygnes River, Kansas, USA
08-Jul-1982
M-24 kg (50 lb)
17.18 kg (37 lb 14 oz)
Salt Fork, OH, USA
13-Jun-2020
M-37 kg (80 lb)
31.29 kg (69 lb 0 oz)
Cape Fear River, North Carolina, USA
27-Jul-1994
M-60 kg (130 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
W-01 kg (2 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
W-02 kg (4 lb)
2.52 kg (5 lb 9 oz)
Tensaw River, Alabama, USA
03-Apr-2019
W-03 kg (6 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
W-04 kg (8 lb)
2.44 kg (5 lb 6 oz)
Escambia River, Florida, USA
19-May-2018
W-06 kg (12 lb)
4.79 kg (10 lb 9 oz)
Apalachicola River, Florida, USA
25-Apr-2017
W-08 kg (16 lb)
4.37 kg (9 lb 10 oz)
Tensaw River, Alabama, USA
03-Apr-2019
W-10 kg (20 lb)
9.64 kg (21 lb 4 oz)
Escambia River, Florida, USA
18-May-2018
W-15 kg (30 lb)
19.22 kg (42 lb 6 oz)
Guntersville, Alabama, USA
18-Oct-2014
W-24 kg (50 lb)
28.09 kg (61 lb 15 oz)
Lake Marian, South Carolina, USA
10-May-1987
W-37 kg (80 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
W-60 kg (130 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
 

Tippet Class World Records (Fly Tackle)

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
Tippet M-01 kg (2 lb)
11.42 kg (25 lb 3 oz)
James River, Richmond, Virginia, USA
01-Aug-2008
Tippet M-02 kg (4 lb)
13.38 kg (29 lb 8 oz)
James River, Richmond, Virginia, USA
27-Jul-2008
Tippet M-02 kg (4 lb) (tie)
13.38 kg (29 lb 8 oz)
James River, Virginia, USA
27-Aug-2008
Tippet M-03 kg (6 lb)
14.06 kg (31 lb 0 oz)
James River, Richmond, Virginia, USA
08-Aug-2008
Tippet M-04 kg (8 lb)
13.55 kg (29 lb 14 oz)
James River, Richmond, Virginia, USA
04-Aug-2009
Tippet M-06 kg (12 lb)
17.00 kg (37 lb 8 oz)
Sooner Lake, Redrock, Oklahoma, USA
28-Nov-1993
Tippet M-08 kg (16 lb)
14.06 kg (31 lb 0 oz)
James River, Richmond, Virginia, USA
19-Apr-2012
Tippet M-10 kg (20 lb)
15.83 kg (34 lb 14 oz)
Lake Conroe, Texas, USA
09-Jun-2001
Tippet W-01 kg (2 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
Tippet W-02 kg (4 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
Tippet W-03 kg (6 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
Tippet W-04 kg (8 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
Tippet W-06 kg (12 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
Tippet W-08 kg (16 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
Tippet W-10 kg (20 lb)
0.00 kg (0 lb 0 oz)
Vacant,
 
Vacant
 

Junior & Smallfry World Records

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
F-Junior
18.77 kg (41 lb 6 oz)
White River, Morgan County, Indiana, USA
29-Aug-2004
F-Smallfry
10.21 kg (22 lb 8 oz)
Lake Marion, South Carolina, USA
02-Jun-2005
M-Junior
23.98 kg (52 lb 14 oz)
Lake Moultrie, South Carolina, USA
20-Jul-2008
M-Smallfry
18.03 kg (39 lb 12 oz)
Lake Moultrie, South Carolina, USA
31-Mar-2010

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