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Check out the latest Flathead Catfish Survey Results from September at Pleasant and Bartlett Lakes

Written by Amberle Jones
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The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted their annual Flathead Catfish electrofishing survey the week of September 13. At Bartlett Lake we caught 112 Flathead Catfish in our one day survey. At Lake Pleasant we caught 183 Flathead Catfish in the 1 day survey! The Flathead Catfish were collected, weighed, measured, and tagged. All of the Flathead Catfish caught during the survey were released unharmed. By tagging Flathead Catfish, we learn about how fast they are growing in our Arizona Lakes.

At Bartlett Lake, the Flathead Catfish we caught ranged from 3 inches to 41 inches in length. The largest Flathead Catfish weighed in at just over 37 pounds! At Pleasant Lake, the Flathead Catfish we caught ranged from 3 inches to 48 inches in length. The largest Flathead Catfish weighed in at just over 48.5 pounds!

We added up the weights of all the Flathead Catfish we caught at each lake. The total weight is 537 pounds of Flathead Catfish at Bartlett and 564 pounds at Pleasant! The Department will continue to monitor the Flathead Catfish population in both lakes on an annual basis.

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