Biologists conducted their annual flathead catfish electrofishing survey in September, Arizona Game & Fish reported Oct. 14.
At Lake Pleasant Regional Park, located within Peoria at 40202 N. 87th Ave., 183 flathead catfish were caught in the one-day survey. The flatheads ranged from 3 inches to 48 inches in length. The largest weighed in at just over 48.5 pounds.
All the catfish were collected, weighed, measured, tagged and released unharmed. By tagging flathead catfish, Game & Fish officials learn about how fast the catfish are growing in Arizona Lakes.
As surface water temperatures continue to fall and daytime and nighttime air temperatures drop, both the topwater bite and night bite should produce good fishing, Game & Fish adds.
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