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”)
BOURBON CO. LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 4.84 E 0.67
WILSON SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 3.50 G 0.33
CRAWFORD SFL 0.33 0.17 0.00 6.93 G 0.33
HOLTON-PRAIRIE LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 2.65 P 0.25
LEAVENWORTH SFL 0.17 0.00 0.00 2.62 F 0.11
MADISON CITY LAKE 0.17 0.17 0.00 6.70 P 0.17
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE 0.17 0.17 0.00 6.06 P 0.17
SEDGWICK CO.-LAKE AFTON 0.17 0.00 0.00 1.70 F 0.17
BONE CREEK LAKE 0.13 0.00 0.00 3.02 P 0.17
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 0.13 0.00 0.00 5.38 F 0.13
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 0.13 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.13
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 0.10 0.00 0.00 2.72 F 0.10
OLPE CITY LAKE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.35 F 0.00

* Not sampled in 2019. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>20”) (>28”) (>34”) (LBS.)   (>20”)
WEBSTER 0.42 0.08 0.00 6.55 G 0.25
POMONA 0.25 0.06 0.06 10.13 F 0.14
LACYGNE 0.19 0.06 0.06 12.27 F 0.28
BIG HILL 0.10 0.00 0.00 2.40 F 0.20
TORONTO 0.10 0.00 0.00 3.17 E 0.26
WILSON 0.10 0.00 0.00 4.83 F 0.10
ELK CITY 0.08 0.00 0.00 2.10 F 0.08
COUNCIL GROVE 0.07 0.00 0.00 1.68 F 0.08
CLINTON 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 0.06
MELVERN 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 0.13
JOHN REDMOND 0.05 0.00 0.00 2.98 F 0.05
PERRY* 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.72 F 0.02

* Not sampled in 2019. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.