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 - 9.48 kB)

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

115-17-02 (PDF - 12.19 kB)

Commercial Sale of Fish Bait

Fishing Forecast Information

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Lakes

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>20”) (>28”) (>34”) (LBS.)   (>20”)
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 0.50 0.25 0.00 5.73 F 0.38
WASHINGTON SFL 0.25 0.25 0.25 0.00 F 0.25
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 0.20 0.20 0.20 0.00 F 0.20
EUREKA CITY LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 5.20 F 0.17
MADISON CITY LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 5.06 F 0.17
WILSON SFL 0.17 0.00 0.00 2.83 G 0.28
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 0.17 0.17 0.17 10.37 F 0.17
SABETHA PONY CREEK LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 2.67 F 0.17
FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE 0.14 0.00 0.00 1.81 F 0.14
JEFFREY EC - AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 0.13 0.00 0.00 3.36 F 0.13
MCPHERSON SFL 0.10 0.10 0.00 8.87 P 0.10

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>20”) (>28”) (>34”) (LBS.)   (>20”)
  RES          
WEBSTER 0.17 0.00 0.00 4.07 G 0.28
WILSON 0.10 0.07 0.03 14.11 F 0.10
BIG HILL 0.10 0.00 0.00 1.92 F 0.17
KANOPOLIS 0.10 0.00 0.00 3.62 G 0.10
KIRWIN 0.08 0.00 0.00 3.11 G 0.08
TORONTO 0.08 0.00 0.00 3.91 G 0.09
CLINTON 0.06 0.00 0.00 2.95 G 0.06
TUTTLE CREEK 0.05 0.00 0.00 6.17 G 0.05
JOHN REDMOND 0.05 0.00 0.00 4.65 G 0.05
CHENEY 0.04 0.00 0.00 2.31 F 0.04
EL DORADO 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.07 F 0.10
MELVERN 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.21 F 0.03