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UNITED STATES RECORDS
WORLD RECORDS
Blue Catfish
(Restricted Tackle)
Weight:  116 lbs.-12 oz.
Length: 62 inches
Girth: 38.5 inches
Angler:  Charles Ashley Jr. of Marion, AR
Caught at:  Mississippi River/W. Memphis
Bait/Lure:  Spam
Method:
Record Date:  
August 3, 2001
Charles Ashley Jr. of Marion, AR reeled in a new
State record and possibly new World record blue
catfish from the Mississippi River.  Ashley's
catfish weighed 116 pounds, 12 ounces and was
caught using Spam for bait.

The current World record catfish title is held by
William P. McKinley with a 111 pound blue
caught on Wheeler Reservoir in Alabama.  Ashley
will have to submit information on his catch to the
National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame or the
International Game Fish Association before his
catch is recognized as a World record.
Flathead Catfish
Weight:  80 lbs.-0 oz.
Angler: Wesley White of Hartford, AR
Caught at:  Arkansas River
Bait/Lure:
Method:
Record Date:  
October 28, 1989
Channel Catfish
Weight:  38 lbs.-0 oz.
Angler: Joe Holleman of Waldron, AR
Caught at: Lake Ouachita
Bait/Lure:
Method:
Record Date:  
June 30, 1989
Black Bulhead Catfish
Weight:  4 lbs. - 12 oz.
Angler: Janet Story of Morrilton, AR
Caught at: Point Remove Creek
Bait/Lure:
Method:
Record Date:
April 11, 1986
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Previous Arkansas Catfish Record Holders
Species
Photo
Photo
Date
Location
Angler
Weight
Length
Girth
Bait/Lure/Method
Blue
(Restricted Tackle)
    9-27-01
Mississippi River
Raymond L. Gray
96 lbs.
     
Blue
(Unestricted
Tackle)
    05-29-95
Mississippi River
J.D. Harmon of
Dermott, AR
116 lbs -  8 oz.
     
Flathead
                 
Channel
                 
Bullhead
                 
                   
                   
                   
Yellow Bulhead Catfish
Weight:  2 lbs. - 1.90 oz.
Length:  15.25 inches
Girth:  9.25 inches in front of the dorsal fin
Angler: Chase Evans (age 14) of Cabot
Caught at: Sunrise Lake at Magness Creek
Bait/Lure:
Method:
Record Date:
June 06, 2011