View Poll Results: How old is a catfish??
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1020 years old

2030 years old

3040 years old

4050 years old

5060 years old

6070 years old

7080 years old

80+ years old

 Johnny
How old is a 30 lb. catfish???
Say a 30 lb. flat head is caught what would be your guess on how old it would be? I never researched this but I would guess 60 years old. I just wanted everones opinion....Maybe more people will reconsider catch and release?:big_smile:

 Tom
Varies
Think it has a lot to do with what he has to eat and his habitat

 Gary Ryan
Originally Posted by T Man
Think it has a lot to do with what he has to eat and his habitat
And what part of the country, if I remember right in the north they grow slower they are just smarter :smile2::tounge_out:

With a life span of 1620 years and max recorded age of 24 for Shovlehead, I would say a 30 lb'er depending on enviroment would be 1216 years.

 Jimmy
I say 4 years old,I once read they grow 7 lbs a year.

60 years old?????? wow.............:tounge_out:
I would say a 30 pounder is 8 to 10 years old......

 Jeremy
Originally Posted by Slatebar
With a life span of 1620 years and max recorded age of 24 for Shovlehead, I would say a 30 lb'er depending on enviroment would be 1216 years.
I'm with John on this one. I've seen a lot of posts on the BOC about catfish being 100yrs old. But according to wikipedia the max recorded lifespan of a flathead is 20 years. But I'd still say there are some that live longer than that.

Originally Posted by screamnclickersc
I once read they grow 7 lbs a year.
thats inaccurate. they're 4 or 5 years old before they're mature enough to spawn

at 10 yrs a flat can be pushing 40lbs in prime waters:wink: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/O...v34/p47_52.pdf

Originally Posted by riverbud55
at 10 yrs a flat can be pushing 40lbs in prime waters
Around here and surronding states 10 years will get you *maybe* a 20 25 lb fish or 25  30 pounder in the Ohio.
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