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How old is a 100lb flathead catfish?

Asked: Justin Robinson, Last Updated:

According to Garry, the DNR aged the fish at 11 years old. Flatheads can live up to 20 years of age, so it's hard to say just how big this beast could have gotten in another few years. The fish was a female, and it had just laid approximately 15 to 20 pounds of eggs prior to being caught, according to biologists.

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