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Flathead Catfish

FLATHEAD CATFISH

As the name implies, this catfish has a broad, flat head with a jutting lower jaw. Also called the calico cat, the flathead is mottled brown to nearly yellow in color. Strictly predatory, the flathead is caught with live bait and occasionally lures, usually at night. The Kansas state record is also the world record. It was caught in 1998 from Elk City Reservoir and weighed 123 pounds.

Waterbody Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish (Weight in Pounds) Biologist's Rating Three Year Moving Average of Density Rating
  (>20”) (>28”) (>34”) (lbs.)   (>20”)
COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE 0.50 0.25 0.00 5.80 G 0.38
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-OLD 0.50 0.00 0.00 3.44 F 0.50
LEBO CITY LAKE 0.50 0.25 0.25 22.33 F 0.50
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 0.38 0.00 0.00 5.07 F 0.31
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD-MAIN 0.33 0.00 0.00 3.43 P 0.33
BOURBON COUNTY LAKE 0.33 0.00 0.00 3.99 P 0.33
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 0.33 0.00 0.00 4.96 P 0.42
DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONESTAR LAKE 0.33 0.00 0.00 4.58 P 0.33
ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 3.94 F 0.25
NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 3.00 P 0.25
CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 2.54 P 0.17
CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 4.54 F 0.17
GARDNER CITY LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 1.51 P 0.17
LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 3.04 F 0.17
MADISON CITY LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 2.65 P 0.17
PLEASANTON - EAST LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 2.99 F 0.17
SHAWNEE COUNTY-LAKE SHAWNEE 0.13 0.13 0.00 6.47 P 0.13
JEFFREY ENG. CTR.- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.09 P 0.00
Waterbody Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish (Weight in Pounds) Biologist's Rating Three Year Moving Average of Density Rating
  (>20”) (>28”) (>34”) (lbs.)   (>20”)
WEBSTER RESERVOIR 0.30 0.10 0.10 46.30 G 0.23
KIRWIN RESERVOIR 0.25 0.00 0.00 3.31 F 0.25
COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR 0.17 0.00 0.00 4.43 F 0.17
POMONA RESERVOIR 0.17 0.00 0.00 2.11 F 0.13
WILSON RESERVOIR 0.17 0.08 0.00 6.88 F 0.18
LOVEWELL RESERVOIR 0.14 0.00 0.00 3.29 G 0.14
GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR 0.11 0.00 0.00 2.49 G 0.12
BIG HILL RESERVOIR 0.10 0.00 0.00 3.17 P 0.05
FALL RIVER RESERVOIR 0.10 0.00 0.00 4.41 P 0.15
PERRY RESERVOIR 0.10 0.00 0.00 3.13 G 0.08
SEBELIUS (NORTON) RESERVOIR 0.10 0.00 0.00 5.19 F 0.13
TUTTLE CREEK RESERVOIR 0.10 0.05 0.00 8.24 G 0.12
EL DORADO RESERVOIR 0.07 0.07 0.00 6.55 F 0.07
CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR 0.05 0.00 0.00 3.22 P 0.05
MILFORD RESERVOIR 0.05 0.00 0.00 4.48 G 0.05
CHENEY RESERVOIR 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.52 F 0.03
JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.48 F 0.00