Catfish, Flathead

Details

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Scientific Name:
Pylodictis olivaris
Water Type:
Freshwater
Description:

As the common name suggests, this catfish has a flat head, but other than that, it looks like any other catfish: it has smooth, scaleless skin, whisker-like barbels around the mouth, and long, sharp spines on the dorsal (back) fin and one on each side of the pectoral (shoulder) fin. Flathead catfish reach a length of 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.2 m) and their weight can exceed 100 pounds (45 kg). Pylodictis is Greek meaning "mud fish", and olivaris is Latin for "olive-colored". Flathead catfish are typically pale yellow (hence the name "yellow cat") to light brown on the back and sides, and highly mottled with black and/or brown. The belly is usually pale yellow or cream colored. The head is broadly flattened, with a projecting lower jaw. The tail fin is only slightly notched, not deeply forked as is the case with blue and channel catfish. Young fish may be very dark, almost black in appearance.

Fishing Spots

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Bill Williams River -- Unknown --

Parker, AZ
United States United States
7 2
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Black Creek Creek (Freshwater)

Lexington, MS
United States United States
11 4
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Blackwater River -- Unknown --

Sweet Springs, MO
United States United States
15 4
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Blalock Reservoir(Pates Lake) Reservoir

Jonesboro, GA
United States United States
1 11 21
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Blue Earth River -- Unknown --

Mason City, IA
United States United States
13 4
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Blue Ridge Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Blue Ridge, GA
United States United States
2 17 2 4
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Blue River -- Unknown --

Fredericksburg , IN
United States United States
19 1 4
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Blue River -- Unknown --

Kansas City, MO
United States United States
17 4
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Blue Springs Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Blue Springs, MO
United States United States
17 6
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Bluestem Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Sprague, NE
United States United States
15 2
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Boeuf River -- Unknown --

Columbia, LA
United States United States
15 4
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Bogue Falaya River -- Unknown --

Covington, LA
United States United States
17 6
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Bond Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Canton, IL
United States United States
11
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Boone River -- Unknown --

Stratford, IA
United States United States
9 6
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Bourbeuse River -- Unknown --

Union, MO
United States United States
31 6
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Brady Creek Reservoir Reservoir

Brady, TX
United States United States
11 2
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Braidwood Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Braidwood, IL
United States United States
19 1 4
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Branched Oak Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Malcolm, NE
United States United States
25 8
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Brookville Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Brookville, IN
United States United States
2 27 6
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Brownlee Reservoir Reservoir

Cambridge, ID
United States United States
16 1 1 6
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Buffalo Creek Reservoir Reservoir

Wichita Falls, TX
United States United States
9
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Buffalo Springs Reservoir Reservoir

Lubbock, TX
United States United States
15 2
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Buggs Island Lake (Kerr Reservoir) Lake (Freshwater)

Clarksville, VA
United States United States
4 7 1 2 5
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Bull Shoals Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Forsyth, MO
United States United States
37 18 9 8
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Burnette Reservoir Reservoir

Black Mountain, NC
United States United States
2 2
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Bussey Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Bastrop, LA
United States United States
15 2
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Butler Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Latham, KS
United States United States
17 4
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Butternut Brook Brook

Litchfield, CT
United States United States
13 2 2
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Cache River River

Monroe, MS
United States United States
37 6
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Caddo Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Mooringsport, LA
United States United States
17 3 8

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Tournaments

There are no tournaments specified for this fish.