The Record Flathead Catfish For Every State In America

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

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

Here is the record flathead catfish for every state in America.

Orange – Flathead Native Range

Red – Flathead Non-Native Range


State Weight Angler Lake Year
Alabama 80 lbs Rick Conner Alabama River 1986
Alaska N/A N/A N/A N/A
Arizona 76 lb 9 oz Eddie Wilcoxson Bartlett Lake 2013
Arkansas 80 lbs Wesley White Arkansas River 1989
California 72 lbs 14 oz Billy Joe Potter Colorado River 2003
Colorado 30 lbs 10 oz Michael Flock Lake Pueblo 2017
Connecticut N/A N/A N/A N/A
Delaware N/A N/A N/A N/A
Florida 69 lbs 4 oz Marvin Griffin Yellow River 2019
Georgia 83 lbs Carl Sawyer Altamaha River 2006
Hawaii N/A N/A N/A N/A
Idaho 58 lb 8 oz J. Newberry/K. McCormick Brownlee Reservoir 1994
Illinois 81 lbs 7 oz James Klauzer Sangchris Lake 2015
Indiana 79 lb. 8 oz Glen T. Simpson White River 1966
Iowa 81 lbs Joe Baze Ellis Lake 1958
Kansas 123 lbs Ken Paulie Elk City Reservoir 1998
Kentucky 97 lbs Esker Carroll Green River 1956
Louisiana 95 lbs Roland Lasseigne Wax Lake 2007
Maine N/A N/A N/A N/A
Maryland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Massachusetts N/A N/A N/A N/A
Michigan 52 lbs Dale Blakely Barron Lake 2014
Minnesota 70 lbs N/A St. Croix River 1970
Mississippi 77 lbs 7 oz Matt Bingham Mississippi River 2012
Missouri 100 lbs Mathew McConkey Missouri River 2015
Montana N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nebraska 100 lbs 8 oz Reece French Missouri River 2018
Nevada N/A N/A N/A N/A
New Hampshire N/A N/A N/A N/A
New Jersey 5 lbs 8 oz Delaware River N/A N/A
New Mexico 78 lbs Jim Wilson Elephant Butte Lake 1979
New York N/A N/A N/A N/A
North Carolina 78 lbs Brian Newberger Cape Fear River 2005
North Dakota 29 lbs 6 oz N/A Heart River 1985
Ohio 76 lbs 8 oz Richard Affolter Clendening Lake 1979
Oklahoma 78 lbs 8 oz Richard Williams El Reno City Lake 2010
Oregon 42 lbs Joshua Kralicek Snake River 1994
Pennsylvania 56 lbs Jonathan Pierce Schuylkill River 2019
Rhode Island N/A N/A N/A N/A
South Carolina 84 lbs 9 oz Paul Daniels Cooper River 2018
South Dakota 63 lbs 8 oz Davin Holland James River 2019
Tennessee 85 lbs. 15 oz Larry Kaylor Hiwassee River 1993
Texas 98 lbs 8 oz James Laster Palestine Lake 1998
Utah N/A N/A N/A N/A
Vermont N/A N/A N/A N/A
Virginia 68 lbs. 12 oz. Jeffrey E. Dill Lake Smith 2018
Washington 22 lbs 11 oz C. L. McCary Snake River 1981
West Virginia 38 lbs 8 oz L.L. McClung Little Kanawha River 1956
Wisconsin 74 lbs 5 oz N/A Mississippi River 2001
Wyoming 22 lbs 7 oz Dallas Stanton North Platte River 2004

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