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Lake: Pueblo Reservoir
Fish: Flathead Catfish

First Colorado Flathead

Post By: SGM      Posted: 7/24/2017 8:27:43 AM     Points: 23217    
Whie fishing Pueblo last Thursday I landed my first Colorado Flathead. I have caught several much larger Flatheads fishing the Mississippi River and others but it took this long to finally catch one in Colorado. Guess since I really don't fish for them here it shouldn't surprise me so much but with over 30 years fishing Pueblo you would guess I would have caught one by accident.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 7/24/2017 9:14:42 AM     Points: 2825
Way to go man. I figure if there's a rare species in the reservoir, leave it to you to catch it! Lol
(By the way, does the name Colonel G. Pittman ring any bells? He was the officer I was talking about.) Ski
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 7/24/2017 9:39:51 AM     Points: 48654
Nice Russ! Looking at the species on the lake page, maybe you could score a rudd next.
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 7/24/2017 10:09:34 AM     Points: 3482
Awesome catch!! Pylodictus olivaris.

I expect the next state record to come out of Pueblo Res. :)

 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 7/24/2017 10:24:14 AM     Points: 65623
Great catch, nice to see some smaller class flats swimming. Congrats
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 7/24/2017 11:39:12 AM     Points: 23217
Thanks guys,

FS, that little guy has a long way to go to be a state record but with all the feed in Pueblo it sure is possible. I've heard of some nice/big ones caught at Pueblo but this is the first one I have seen. I know John Martin holds some big faltheads too.

Skiman, nope the name does not ring a bell.
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 7/24/2017 1:08:17 PM     Points: 1556
 Reply by: ol Uncle Marty      Posted: 7/24/2017 1:45:06 PM     Points: 352
Very Nice!
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 7/24/2017 5:54:25 PM     Points: 502
Cool beans, Russ! Released it so next time you catch it, the FHC will be MA size!
 Reply by: rcrazyr21      Posted: 7/24/2017 6:17:07 PM     Points: 1
Caught one June 22 off the shore. Was my first flathead didn't know they were in the lake
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 7/25/2017 7:32:00 AM     Points: 23217
Yep Jerry still swimming for another day.

rcrazyr21, cool, now to get into some of the bigger ones.
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: 7/25/2017 2:53:33 PM     Points: 1102
congrats. cool looking fish. hard hit on the bite. 👌
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 7/25/2017 4:13:27 PM     Points: 23217
When I first hooked it I thought I had a bigger walleye. Not what I expected but still very cool.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 7/25/2017 4:40:15 PM     Points: 415
Nice! Cool color pattern
 Reply by: rcrazyr21      Posted: 7/27/2017 3:56:38 PM     Points: 1
Would love to get me and my kid into some bigger cats and walleye but limited to shore fishing till I can find a nice boat that someone don't want a arm and leg for. Ended up hooking another flathead Monday night about the same size
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 7/27/2017 4:01:44 PM     Points: 23217
Nice on another flathead, as for the boat no matter how you slice one it is not cheap.
 Reply by: rcrazyr21      Posted: 7/27/2017 4:08:29 PM     Points: 1
Ya I'm willing to work on one and fix it up but some people selling these old boats that don't run anymore and still asking a couple thousand is just crazy. But one of these days I'll find something reasonable and pick it up.
 Reply by: jjv9302      Posted: 7/27/2017 5:02:41 PM     Points: 0
I'll sell you my boat for $1000. It's a1978 trihull. Runs, just needs a 12 ft shift cable. I don't trust my truck to pull it anymore. I pay storage in person, and don't use it.
 Reply by: rcrazyr21      Posted: 7/27/2017 5:26:22 PM     Points: 1
Call me 719-251-4065 wouldn't mind taking a look at it

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