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Flathead Catfish
Mark Smith with a 32 pound flathead caught from the Monongahela in May 2006; flathead from a survey of the Susquehanna River near Accomac in 2005; Stephen Manukas with a 33 pounder caught from the Ohio River in 2007
How To Catch Flatheads
Feature articles from PA Angler & Boater magazine:
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In western Pennsylvania, flathead catfish are native to the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela river watersheds. Flathead catfish populations have since been introduced to eastern PA waters where they are not native. They were first confirmed at Blue Marsh Reservoir in 1997, based on the age and size of the fish taken, it's likely flatheads had been in the reservoir for some time. Since then flatheads have spread to other non-native waters, including the Schuylkill, Delaware and Susquehanna rivers.....more.
Caught in PA
Alan Rossey, 9 years old, with a 23+ pound flathead caught from the Allegheny River in July 2003
Ryan Harsh caught and released this flathead catfish from the Shenango Reservoir on 4-30-10. The catfish was 38 inches long and had a girth of 23 inches.
Mark Smith with a 39 pound catfish caught from the Monongahela River in July 2005
Mark Smith with a 32 pound flathead caught from the Monongahela in May 2006
Peter Roy with 17 pound catfish caught from the Allegheny River in June 2005
Biggest PA catches in 2013 (not pictured)
  1. 47 lb. 1 oz.—Susquehanna River
  2. 42 lb. 0 oz.—New Brighton Dam
  3. 41 lb. 9 oz.—Susquehanna River
  4. 41 lb. 8 oz.—Susquehanna River
  5. 41 lb. 2 oz.—Susquehanna River

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PA State Record Flathead Catfish — 48 lb. 6 oz.
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Stephen Manukas with a 33 pounder caught from the Ohio River in 2007 Flathead from a survey of the Susquehanna River near Accomac in 2005 Mark Smith with a 40 pounder caught from the Monongahela River in 2004
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