Flathead Catfish

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Flathead Catfish

Description

Flathead Catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) is one of the biggest catfish species of North America and a great sport fish that can put up a great fight. Ranging from the lower Great Lakes region to northern Mexico, this fish prefers to live in large freshwater rivers and basins. Aside from its flat head, this fish looks like any other catfish. Flatheads grow to a length of 155 cm (61 in) and may weigh up to 55 kg (120 lb), making it the second largest North American catfish (after the Blue Catfish). The average weight of this fish usually ranges from 5 to 20 kg (10 to 45 lb). Like all Catfish, Flatheads prefer live prey. They are voracious carnivores and feed primarily on other fish, insects, and crustaceans.

Average weight (lb.) 17.60
(kg.) 8.00
Maximum weight (lb.) ≈ 44.00
(kg.) ≈ 20.00

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