In 2012, 46 flatheads
had been sampled, proving successful natural reproduction and recruitment.
The name flathead
catfish leaves little doubt of its origin.
Two other Flatheads
and a Nez Perce nicknamed "The Hat" went with them.
Once in the Bitterroot Valley, they had a friendly encounter with the Flathead
Fifty channel catfish and 10 pretty good flatheads
had hit the bank.
naturally occur from western Pennsylvania to Arizona and from southern Canada and the Great Lakes to northern Mexico.
Named for the Salish Creator, this mountain today is known as Lolo Peak, five miles south of Missoula.(31) Lolo Pass, which explorers Lewis and Clark made famous, is likewise acknowledged in two sacred narratives involving the trickster-transformer Sinchlep-Coyote-in his attempts first to illuminate the world and, second, bring salmon to the Flatheads
. From this later account Lolo Pass bears the name Lumsumclt, meaning "no salmon."(32) Farther south in the Bitterroot Valley is the Ram's Horn medicine tree and ceremonial dance ground which is a place of thanksgiving honoring Coyote's victory over the Mountain Sheep.
The crew tagged flatheads
of three size classes to check noodling's effects on larger fish.
For those anglers willing to make the sacrifice, flatheads
can be found in the entire Apalachicola River system.
I once stood beside a dam on a midwestern river, talking with a local river rat known for pulling giant flathead
catfish from the roiling waters below the dam.
don't feed or move as much under cold water conditions.
Subsequent research involved the first direct observations of wintering flatheads
in their natural habitats.
His whopper of a winning flathead
weighed 35.03, and his aggregate weight was over 125 pounds for the 6 flatheads
Our research shows that annual exploitation rate of flatheads
would have to be at least 50 percent before removal of flatheads
from nests would make a difference in recruitment.
"The Apalachicola River is hands down the best flathead
location in Florida," Flowers says, "with some trips bringing in as many as 30 flatheads
in a night on sporting tackle.