About this Species 

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Name:Flathead Catfish
Family:Catfish
Scientific Name: Pylodictis olivaris
Range:Lakes and streams statewide.
Habits and Habitat:This mottled, camouflaged catfish prefers to hide on the bottom, on logs and among rocks to ambush its prey, usually crayfish and fish. It is an aggressive predator that often reaches 60 pounds in Arkansas. It feeds primarily at night. Spawning begins in late June.
Fish Fact: Unlike other catfish, flatheads rarely bite bait that is not alive.
As A Group:All 19 catfish species in Arkansas have sharp spines that can inflict painful wounds. Most have highly developed senses of smell and taste that help them find food and other catfish and avoid predators.
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Joe Tomelleri