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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Verde River (below Bartlett Reservoir) -- Unknown --

Scottsdale, AZ
United States United States
11 2
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Verde River (Near Bloody Basin) -- Unknown --

Camp Verde, AZ
United States United States
11 2
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Verdigris River -- Unknown --

Coffeyville, KS
United States United States
19 4
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Vermilion River -- Unknown --

Intracoastal City, LA
United States United States
11 4
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Wabash River -- Unknown --

Marshall, IL
United States United States
33 2
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Wabash River -- Unknown --

Shawneetown, IL
United States United States
33 2
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Wabash River -- Unknown --

Williamsport, IN
United States United States
45 6
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Wabash River -- Unknown --

Robinson, IL
United States United States
33 2
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Wabash River -- Unknown --

Mount Carmel, IL
United States United States
35 4
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Wabash River -- Unknown --

Carmi, IL
United States United States
33 4
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Wakarusa River River

Lawrence, KS
United States United States
23 6
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Wallace Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Stonewall, LA
United States United States
13 1 2
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Walnut River -- Unknown --

Arkansas City, KS
United States United States
21 6
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Walter E. Long Lake (Decker Lake) Lake (Freshwater)

Austin, TX
United States United States
9 1
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Wappapello Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Poplar Bluff, MO
United States United States
27 6
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Wapsipinicon River -- Unknown --

Davenport, IA
United States United States
25 6
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Webster Reservoir Reservoir

Stockton, KS
United States United States
17 6
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West Fork Big Blue River -- Unknown --

Dorchester, NE
United States United States
11 2
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West Lagoon Lake (Freshwater)

Wheaton, IL
United States United States
17 1 2
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West Okaw River -- Unknown --

Kirksville, IL
United States United States
23 1 4
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Wes Watkins Reservoir Reservoir

McLoud, OK
United States United States
9 4
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White River -- Unknown --

Jonesville, IN
United States United States
51 2 6
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White River Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Crosbyton, TX
United States United States
11
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Wilson Brake Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Wilmot, AR
United States United States
37 2
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Wilson Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Wilson, KS
United States United States
19 1 8
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Winnebago Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Oshkosh, WI
United States United States
23 8 4
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Wolf River -- Unknown --

Gulfport, MS
United States United States
16 1 6
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Wolf River -- Unknown --

Albany, KY
United States United States
29 1 1 6
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Woodson Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Toronto, KS
United States United States
19 4
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Wright Patman Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Texarkana, TX
United States United States
13

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Tournaments

There are no tournaments specified for this fish.