Here are some of the best flathead catfish locations to consider in the United States.
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- Bartlett Lake on the Verde River is about an hour’s drive from Phoenix. In April last year, “Flathead” Ed Wilcoxson caught the state record 76.54-pound flathead, camped over one of Bartlett’s deep rockpiles with a live 2-pound carp. Bartlett is one of several good flathead waters in the Grand Canyon State. East of Phoenix, San Carlos Lake has produced 70-pounders, as has Pleasant Lake and the Lower Colorado River, in which an 89-pounder turned up in a net set by Arizona Game and Fish in 2008. Fine fishing for big flatheads exists from Lake Havasu south to the Yuma portion of the Lower Colorado. Statewide, peak fishing occurs in March through April and in November, while night-fishing produces flatheads all summer.
Contact: Flathead Ed Wilcoxson, flatheadedadventures.com, 623/256-7245; Arizona Game & Fish Department, azgfd.gov.
Flathead Catfish Locations