The Record Flathead Catfish For Every State In America

Flathead catfish are bottom-dwelling beasts that swim throughout rivers and lakes. Opportunistic feeders, flathead catfish will munch on anything from oysters to live bluegills.

State Record Flathead Catfish

I found certified records for flathead catfish in 36 out of 50 states in the US. After looking over the weights, I’ve never wanted to catfish more.

The Native Range of Flathead Catfish In America

State Record Flathead Catfish
Orange – Flathead Native Range
Red – Flathead Non-Native Range

Documented State Record Flathead Catfish
Alabama80 lbsRick ConnerAlabama River1986
Arizona76 lb 9 ozEddie WilcoxsonBartlett Lake2013
Arkansas80 lbsWesley WhiteArkansas River1989
California72 lbs 14 ozBilly Joe PotterColorado River2003
Colorado30 lbs 10 ozMichael FlockLake Pueblo2017
Florida69 lbs 14ozLavon NowlingYellow River2020
Georgia83 lbsCarl SawyerAltamaha River2006
Idaho58 lb 8 ozJ. Newberry/K. McCormickBrownlee Reservoir1994
Illinois81 lbs 7 ozJames KlauzerSangchris Lake2015
Indiana79 lbs 8 ozGlen T. SimpsonWhite River1966
Iowa81 lbsJoe BazeEllis Lake1958
Kansas123 lbsKen PaulieElk City Reservoir1998
Kentucky97 lbsEsker CarrollGreen River1956
Louisiana95 lbsRoland LasseigneWax Lake2007
Michigan52 lbsDale BlakelyBarron Lake2014
Minnesota70 lbsN/ASt. Croix River1970
Mississippi77 lbs 7 ozMatt BinghamMississippi River2012
Missouri100 lbsMathew McConkeyMissouri River2015
Nebraska100 lbs 8 ozReece FrenchMissouri River2018
New HampshireN/AN/AN/AN/A
New Jersey5 lbs 8 ozDelaware RiverN/AN/A
New Mexico78 lbsJim WilsonElephant Butte Lake1979
New YorkN/AN/AN/AN/A
North Carolina78 lbsBrian NewbergerCape Fear River2005
North Dakota29 lbs 6 ozN/AHeart River1985
Ohio76 lbs 8 ozRichard AffolterClendening Lake1979
Oklahoma78 lbs 8 ozRichard WilliamsEl Reno City Lake2010
Oregon42 lbsJoshua KralicekSnake River1994
Pennsylvania56 lbsJonathan PierceSchuylkill River2019
Rhode IslandN/AN/AN/AN/A
South Carolina84 lbs 9 ozPaul DanielsCooper River2018
South Dakota63 lbs 8 ozDavin HollandJames River2019
Tennessee85 lbs. 15 ozLarry KaylorHiwassee River1993
Texas98 lbs 8 ozJames LasterPalestine Lake1998
Virginia68 lbs. 12 oz.Jeffrey E. DillLake Smith2018
Washington22 lbs 11 ozC. L. McCarySnake River1981
West Virginia38 lbs 8 ozL.L. McClungLittle Kanawha River1956
Wisconsin74 lbs 5 ozN/AMississippi River2001
Wyoming22 lbs 7 ozDallas StantonNorth Platte River2004

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