New Catfish Record
Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:24:46 EST

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the catch of a new state
record flathead catfish.

The catfish was caught by Dale Blakley of Niles on January 12, on Barron Lake in
Cass County. The fish weighed 52 pounds and measured 46.02 inches. Blakley was
ice fishing for crappies when he landed the record fish.

A DNR fisheries biologist verified the record catch.

The previous state record flathead catfish was caught by Rodney Akey of Niles on
the St. Joseph River in Berrien County on May 22, 2012. That fish weighed 49.8
pounds and measured 45.7 inches.

Prior to that, the record hadn't been broken since 1943. State records are
recognized by weight only.


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