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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Alamo Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Quartzsite, AZ
United States United States
2 11 1 2
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Alamo River -- Unknown --

Niland, CA
United States United States
3 4
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Alan Henry Reservoir Reservoir

Lubbock, TX
United States United States
17 2 8
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Aliceville Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Aliceville, AL
United States United States
11 2 2
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Altahama River -- Unknown --

Darien, GA
United States United States
13 1 6
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Altamaha River -- Unknown --

Jesup, GA
United States United States
31 1 2
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Alvord Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Phoenix, AZ
United States United States
13 2 2
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Amistad Reservoir Reservoir

Del Rio, TX
United States United States
64 17 2
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Anderson River -- Unknown --

Troy, IN
United States United States
21 1 2
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Angelina River -- Unknown --

Lufkin, TX
United States United States
21 1 8
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Apache Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Roosevelt, AZ
United States United States
17 4
Locph_1078349828_locid6258

Apalachee River -- Unknown --

Bostwick, GA
United States United States
9 1 1 4
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Atchafalaya River -- Unknown --

Simmesport, LA
United States United States
11 6
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August A. Busch Conservation Areas Lake (Freshwater)

St. Louis, MO
United States United States
19 8
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Banks Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Lakeland, GA
United States United States
15 4
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Barren River -- Unknown --

Bowling Green, KY
United States United States
2 21 1 4
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Barren River Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Glasgow, KY
United States United States
25 31 2 6
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Bartlett Reservoir Reservoir

Phoenix, AZ
United States United States
11 1 1 4
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Bass Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Bartlett, IL
United States United States
17 4
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B.A. Steinhagen Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Jasper, TX
United States United States
15 2
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Belton Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Belton, TX
United States United States
70 17 1 10
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Big Black River -- Unknown --

Bentonia, MS
United States United States
13 4
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Big Blue River -- Unknown --

Crete, NE
United States United States
11 6
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Big Bower Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Angola, IN
United States United States
9 5
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Big Hill Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Cherryvale, KS
United States United States
9 8
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Big Muddy River -- Unknown --

Murphysboro, IL
United States United States
23 1 4
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Big Nemaha River -- Unknown --

Falls City, NE
United States United States
15 2
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Big River -- Unknown --

Cedar Hill, MO
United States United States
17 6
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Big Sioux River -- Unknown --

Sioux City, IA
United States United States
17 1 6
Locph_1121147913_locid7944

Big Sunflower River -- Unknown --

Merigold, MS
United States United States
19 4

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Tournaments

There are no tournaments specified for this fish.