Conservation Agent Eric Abbott nabbed four men handfishing and possessing this fish in the Tarkio River in Atchison County in August 2012. Abbott released the large flathead, topping 40 pounds, back into the river.
Wooden boxes are often dumped into lakes for illegal hand-fishing, and this one pulled from Truman Lake by agents had flathead catfish eggs. The eggs will not survive and hatch if males that guard them are grabbed off the nest.
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