International Game Fish Association

The International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.

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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 Records
WeightLocationCatch DateAngler 
55.79 kg (123 lb 0 oz)Elk City Reservoir, Independence, Kansas, USA19-May-1998Ken PaulieRecord Details