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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Caddo Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Mooringsport, LA
United States United States
17 3 8
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Cahaba River -- Unknown --

Selma, AL
United States United States
15 2
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Calamus River -- Unknown --

Burwell, NE
United States United States
13 4
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California State Aqueduct Basin (Freshwater)

Palmdale, CA
United States United States
2 6
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Calling Panther Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Crystal Springs, MS
United States United States
2 13 6
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Canal Park Pond Pond (Freshwater)

Tempe, AZ
United States United States
15 2 2
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Canton Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Canton, IL
United States United States
19 6
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Canyon Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Canyon Lake, TX
United States United States
83 17 3 7 10
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Canyon Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Apache Junction, AZ
United States United States
17 2 4
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Carlyle Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Carlyle, IL
United States United States
45 1 6
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Carters Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Oakman, GA
United States United States
21 25 7 18
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Carthage Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Carthage, IL
United States United States
7 4
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Castor River River

Zalma, MO
United States United States
17 2 4
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Catahoula Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Jena, LA
United States United States
29 4
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Catfish Pond Pond (Freshwater)

Wayne, IL
United States United States
11 4
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Cave Run Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Morehead, KY
United States United States
4 17 4 6
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Cedar Bluff Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Ogallah, KS
United States United States
19 1 6
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Cedar Creek Reservoir Reservoir

Athens, TX
United States United States
13 2
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Cedar River -- Unknown --

Cedar Falls, IA
United States United States
17 4
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Champion Creek Reservoir Reservoir

Colorado City, TX
United States United States
15 4
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Chaparral Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Scottsdale, AZ
United States United States
11 2 4
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Chariton River -- Unknown --

Green City, MO
United States United States
11 4
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Chariton River -- Unknown --

Glasgow, IA
United States United States
15 4
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Charles Mill Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Mifflin, OH
United States United States
9 2 2
Tn_6636

Charleston Lake Lower Channel Lake (Freshwater)

Charleston, IL
United States United States
21
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Chase Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Cottonwood Falls, KS
United States United States
23 1 4
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Chattahoochee River River

Trenton, GA
United States United States
32 27 3 4
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Chattooga River -- Unknown --

La Fayette, GA
United States United States
22 2 6
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Cheney Reservoir Reservoir

Wichita, KS
United States United States
23 6
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Chikaskia River -- Unknown --

Harper, KS
United States United States
27 6

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Tournaments

There are no tournaments specified for this fish.