Flathead Catfish

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Flathead Catfish
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Pylodictis Olivaris
Species Information
Size / weight
Common up to 15 (33) kg (lb)
Trophy up to 25 (55) kg (lb)
Unique up to 55 (121) kg (lb)
Price / Reward
Common per kg 40
Trophy per kg 42
Unique per kg 44


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.

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North Carolina Louisiana

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Catfish family