FLATHEAD CATFISH

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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.

Regulations
115-18-08 (PDF - 58.99 kB)

Retrieval and possession of game animals and migratory game birds - Requirements

115-17-02 (PDF - 12.38 kB)

Commercial Sale of Fish Bait

Fishing Forecast Information

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Lakes

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>20”) (>28”) (>34”) (LBS.)   (>20”)
OLPE CITY LAKE 1.75 0.75 0.25 11.30 G 1.00
NEOSHO SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 2.80 P 0.50
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 0.33 0.17 0.00 10.80 F 0.23
LEAVENWORTH SFL 0.33 0.33 0.33 36.38 F 0.25
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 1.94 F 0.50
COWLEY SFL 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 0.25
MELVERN RIVER POND 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.25
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 0.20 0.00 0.00 3.01 G 0.15
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 1.76 F 0.22
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 2.70 F 0.17
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 5.30 F 0.17
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 0.13 0.00 0.00 2.51 F 0.13
JEFFREY EC- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 0.13 0.00 0.00 3.99 F 0.13
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 0.13 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 0.13

Reservoirs

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>20”) (>28”) (>34”) (LBS.)   (>20”)
TORONTO 0.83 0.08 0.00 5.81 G 0.58
LACYGNE 0.28 0.06 0.06 11.08 G 0.31
SEBELIUS (NORTON) 0.20 0.10 0.00 8.38 F 0.20
COUNCIL GROVE 0.13 0.07 0.00 5.90 F 0.10
EL DORADO 0.13 0.00 0.00 5.47 F 0.22
HILLSDALE 0.08 0.00 0.00 2.61 F 0.08
FALL RIVER 0.08 0.00 0.00 4.15 G 0.12
WEBSTER 0.08 0.00 0.00 4.06 F 0.19
JOHN REDMOND 0.07 0.00 0.00 4.76 F 0.11
POMONA 0.06 0.00 0.00 3.32 F 0.03
MELVERN 0.06 0.00 0.00 2.72 F 0.09
MILFORD 0.05 0.00 0.00 3.69 F 0.05
LOVEWELL 0.05 0.00 0.00 2.35 G 0.08
CEDAR BLUFF 0.04 0.00 0.00 3.62 F 0.05
GLEN ELDER 0.04 0.00 0.00 2.44 F 0.08