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Fish Identification

Flathead catfish

Flathead catfish have a broad, flat head, with a lower jaw protruding beyond the upper jaw. The back and sides are brown to yellow, with black-to olive-brown mottling, fading to a dirty white or yellow belly. The tail is not forked and the tip of the upper lobe is lighter than the rest of the tail.

Scientific Name:  Pylodictis olivaris

Adult size: 15-61 inches

Distribution: Native to the Coosa and Tennessee River basins; introduced in the Chattahoochee, Flint, Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, Satilla, and Savannah River basins

Current State Record Information

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