Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2067 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Flathead catfish have a broad, flat head, with a lower jaw protruding beyond the upper jaw. The back and sides are brown to yellow, with black-to olive-brown mottling, fading to a dirty white or yellow belly. The tail is not forked and the tip of the upper lobe is lighter than the rest of the tail.
Scientific Name: Pylodictis olivaris
Adult size: 15-61 inches
Distribution: Native to the Coosa and Tennessee River basins; introduced in the Chattahoochee, Flint, Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, Satilla, and Savannah River basins