flathead catfish

noun
flat·​head catfish | \ˈflat-ˌhed- \

Definition of flathead catfish 

: a large yellowish catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) of the central and Gulf states of the U.S. with the sides and back heavily mottled with brown or black

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Predominant fish species: Largemouth bass (good in spring, fall and winter months), Blue, channel & flathead catfish (throughout the reservoir), White bass (good from December to February), Crappie, Bluegill & redear sunfish and Alligator gar. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County is home to 14 community fishing lakes," 11 June 2018 Predominant fish species: Catfish (channel, blue and flathead catfish throughout the reservoir). Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County is home to 14 community fishing lakes," 11 June 2018 Channel, blue and flathead catfish are the most widely dispersed and widely sought catfish species in the United States, but there are numerous others. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Catfish: Angling’s lovable underdog," 1 Sep. 2017

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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