New PA State Record Flathead

Discussion in 'Warm Water Species Fishing' started by Old Whaler, May 29, 2020.

  1. Old Whaler

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    Yeah, I'm sure there's one bigger than that in at least 2 of michigans southern rivers. I seen a flathead in shallow water at night last summer along a riverbank that was a monster. I would have guessed easily 60# it was pretty impressive.


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    Hell of a cat ......I love catfishing .....still need to catch my first flathead it's one of my bucket list fish
     
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    My brother got one out of muskegon lake just a hair shy of 50#. That one looks like it's got a little more girth but hard to say since they dont list a length.
     
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    Been 3 years and I cant remember exact weight but I know it was around 48"/48 or 49 lbs. Big for MI.

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    damn guy that's one hell of a fish ..other than the sag river I have no idea where to target them .....99.9% of my fishing life has been spent on scr n the rivers that flow into it .....I'm setting a goal for next year to catch me a nice flathead
     
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    Saginaw river near saginaw is probably one of if not the best areas to try in the state.
     
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    Thanks for the tip I appreciate it
     
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    I'd try to PM some of the sag forum guys and get some info. They're normally caught on walleye jigs but man I dont think they can resist a struggling bluegill. Just gotta find the right spot.
     
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    There are some very big flats in SW mich rivers as well. Best bait seems to be big bullheads or big gills flatheads can't seem to resist either one.


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    Fishing mostly the Grand, I've caught too many to remember in the 20's, and several in the 30's (all released), but I'm still looking for one north of 40. Had a few on that would have been in the 40+ class, just never got hold of the jaw.
    I'll keep trying, though.
    There's something special about being on the river at night with a bucket of KFC or a Subway foot long and a supply of adult beverages, sitting silently as the sun goes down and the night takes over.
    Can't wait for the Grand to get back down to a normal flow again...
     
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    Don't forget about LSC. There's a humongous section duly named "The Flats"
     
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    20 years or so ago, I seen one about that size just below Rogers Dam on the Muskegon River south of Big Rapids. It was shallow with its back almost out of the water. It had little babies that it was protecting and they would swim in and out of its mouth. I was smallmouth fishing. Caught A 20+ in Muskegon lake trying to jig up a king in 45’ of water last fall.
     
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    Havent seen any flathead from LSC but seems theyd exist.
     
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    Wasn't there a Linder show where they came and fish for flatheads here? Think it was them.

    I was surprised the amount of big cats they got.