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

Water Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3 year average
  (>20”) (>28”) (>34”) (LBS.)   (>20”)
CRAWFORD SFL 0.33 0.17 0.00 7.87 G 0.33
SEVERY CITY  LAKE 0.33 0.00 0.00 1.68 P 0.33
NEOSHO SFL 0.25 0.25 0.25 15.63 G 0.42
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 3.48 F 0.25
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 4.05 P 0.17
THAYER CITY LAKE (NEW) 0.25 0.25 0.25 12.61 F 0.25
WILSON SFL 0.17 0.17 0.00 7.06 G 0.17
EUREKA CITY LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 3.27 F 0.17
HORTON-MISSION LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 3.58 F 0.17
MADISON CITY LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 4.31 P 0.17
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 0.17 0.17 0.00 5.41 P 0.17
JEFFREY ENG. CTR.- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 0.13 0.00 0.00 1.88 F 0.13
BONE CREEK LAKE 0.13 0.00 0.00 5.47 F 0.19
MCPHERSON SFL 0.10 0.00 0.00 3.36 P 0.10
LEAVENWORTH SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.01 F 0.17

Reservoirs

Water Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3 year average
  (>20”) (>28”) (>34”) (LBS.)   (>20”)
FALL RIVER  0.33 0.17 0.00 7.51 G 0.19
BIG HILL  0.30 0.00 0.00 4.54 G 0.25
WEBSTER  0.25 0.08 0.08 10.10 G 0.14
EL DORADO  0.20 0.00 0.00 6.32 G 0.15
LACYGNE  0.17 0.00 0.00 3.29 G 0.31
SEBELIUS (NORTON)  0.10 0.00 0.00 2.20 G 0.17
WILSON  0.10 0.00 0.00 2.90 P 0.10
GLEN ELDER  0.08 0.08 0.04 17.37 G 0.06
HILLSDALE  0.08 0.00 0.00 3.73 F 0.08
POMONA  0.08 0.00 0.00 3.32 G 0.08
COUNCIL GROVE  0.07 0.07 0.00 3.27 F 0.10
KIRWIN  0.07 0.07 0.07 11.01 G 0.07
WOLF CREEK  0.06 0.00 0.00 2.71 G 0.06
JOHN REDMOND  0.05 0.05 0.00 9.44 G 0.06