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
115-17-02 (PDF - 12.19 kB)

Commercial Sale of Fish Bait

115-18-08 (PDF - 9.48 kB)

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

Fishing Forecast Information

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Lakes

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>20”) (>28”) (>34”) (LBS.)   (>20”)
CLARK SFL 34.29 11.43 5.71 40.79 F 34.29
WILSON SFL 17.55 10.10 7.95 57.32 G 6.07
SEDGWICK CO.-LAKE AFTON 10.28 9.91 9.07 55.38 G 5.22
LEAVENWORTH SFL 7.16 3.79 2.39 31.97 F 3.66
GEARY SFL 5.97 1.53 1.25 30.05 F 5.97
NEOSHO SFL 5.48 0.34 0.17 10.40 F 5.48
CRAWFORD SFL 5.43 2.90 1.01 16.94 F 2.88
MONTGOMERY SFL 3.82 3.47 2.95 44.09 F 3.82
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 3.41 3.41 1.14 10.09 G 1.95
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 2.92 1.39 0.97 39.68 F 2.92

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>20”) (>28”) (>34”) (LBS.)   (>20”)
LOVEWELL 44.89 35.23 31.25 47.86 G 44.89
GLEN ELDER 30.47 16.67 9.11 48.13 G 30.47
CHENEY 2.50 2.50 2.50 65.04 F 1.27
FALL RIVER 1.79 1.79 0.00 8.38 G 1.79
CLINTON 0.42 0.42 0.42 42.00 G 0.24