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Fish Identification

Flathead catfish

The flathead catfish has a broad, flat head, with a lower jaw protruding beyond the upper jaw. Its back and sides are brown to yellow, with black-to olive-brown mottling, fading to a dirty white or yellow belly. Inside the mouth on the upper jaw, it has a large tooth plate with backward extensions on each end.

Scientific Name:  Pylodictis olivaris

State Record: 83 lbs.

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