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KS Toronado

(18,240 posts)
Thu May 30, 2024, 12:00 AM May 30

Man catches record-breaking flathead catfish

MCCURTAIN COUNTY —Bradly Courtright caught a 95 pound flathead catfish in Pine Creek Reservoir on a trotline, according to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservataion.

The catch is the largest flathead ever caught in Pine Creek. This fish is almost 20 pounds larger than the rod and reel record but 11 pounds short of the unrestricted division record - which was caught on a trotline in 1977 in Wister Reservoir.

Pine Creek Lake is a lake in McCurtain County and Pushmataha County, Oklahoma, USA. It is 8 miles north of Valliant, Oklahoma. It is located east of Rattan and north of Sobol. The lake, which was begun in 1963 and became operational built in 1969, impounds the waters of Little River, Pine Creek, and Turkey Creek, according to the ODWC.


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Man catches record-breaking flathead catfish (Original Post) KS Toronado May 30 OP
I have such mixed feelings about this. I hope it gets eaten. marble falls May 30 #1
Not sure if it should. duncang May 30 #2
It should have been released after weighing and a photo. Eating was my secondary consideration. Killing for ... marble falls May 30 #5
I saw an albino one I_UndergroundPanther May 30 #3
I have two flatheads in my pond. One was caught, Emile May 30 #4
I agree, trophy hunting/fishing is nothing but salve to the ego and cruelty to the creature. Fla Dem May 30 #6
He should have let it go. bif May 30 #7
Shazzam! ProfessorGAC May 30 #8


(2,186 posts)
2. Not sure if it should.
Thu May 30, 2024, 12:45 AM
May 30

Most links on the main fish consumption page tell you to eat them. It also sounds like they don’t test rivers or tributaries. As to flathead cats from Pine Creek Lake it advises against eating any flathead above 28 inches for the sensitive population - children under 15 and women of child bearing age. For general population it says 2 meals per month. Seems their main concern is mercury poisoning from reading other pages.

marble falls

(59,585 posts)
5. It should have been released after weighing and a photo. Eating was my secondary consideration. Killing for ...
Thu May 30, 2024, 07:46 AM
May 30

... thrill or trophy is unthinkable.


(12,695 posts)
3. I saw an albino one
Thu May 30, 2024, 01:21 AM
May 30

That big in lake Cuyuga. Lake Cuyuga has crystal clear water where I was staying at so you could watch the fish steal your bait without checking. I so wanted to catch that catfish. I just watched him slow swim with awe.Got some decent fish there and we had fried fish and it was so good. But I would have died if I caught that monster. He looked so cool .Would have had him mounted on a white background and had a neighborhood fish fry.


(25,771 posts)
4. I have two flatheads in my pond. One was caught,
Thu May 30, 2024, 05:36 AM
May 30

weighed and released last summer that weighed 51 pounds. The other one is a little smaller but is over 40 pounds. I know my two fish are both over 25 years old. It takes a lifetime for a flathead to grow this size. It sickens me to see people throw a fish like this into the back of a pickup and drive around showing it off.


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8. Shazzam!
Thu May 30, 2024, 06:52 PM
May 30

That's a big catfish.
Lots of catfish caught in the rivers around here, but I've never heard of any over 40#, and just that one.
It's stuffed & mounted at a fish restaurant on the river about 12 miles from mere.
This one is 2¼ times the size!

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