Maryland State Record Flathead Catfish

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flathead catfishA Cecil County resident has officially been recognized by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as the first-ever state record holder for the invasive flathead catfish.

Joshua Dixon caught the 57-pound, 50-inch long flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) on Dec. 27, 2020 fishing near the Lapidum Boat Ramp on the Susquehanna River.

The 34-year-old angler was fishing from shore with a Zoom plastic swimbait on medium-weight spinning tackle. Dixon fought the catfish for nearly 30 minutes.

Dixon’s record-breaking catch broke the state’s minimum flathead catfish weight of 40 pounds. The flathead catfish’s weight was officially certified by Jack Manning of Keen Compressed Gas in Elkton. A Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist confirmed the catch.

Dixon donated his record-breaking catch to friends who cleaned the fish for the table.

DNR maintains state records for sport fish in four divisions – Atlantic, Chesapeake, Nontidal, and Invasive – and awards plaques to anglers who achieve record catches. Fish caught from privately-owned, fee-fishing waters are ineligible for consideration.

Anglers who think they have a potential record catch should download and fill out the state record application and call 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8325. The department recommends the fish be immersed in ice water to preserve its weight until it can be checked, confirmed, and certified.

source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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