How old is a 30 lb. catfish???


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    Johnny
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    Default 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:


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    Default Varies

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


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    Quote Originally Posted by T Man View Post
    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:

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    With a life span of 16-20 years and max recorded age of 24 for Shovlehead, I would say a 30 lb'er depending on enviroment would be 12-16 years.

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

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    60 years old?????? wow.............:tounge_out:

    I would say a 30 pounder is 8 to 10 years old......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slatebar View Post
    With a life span of 16-20 years and max recorded age of 24 for Shovlehead, I would say a 30 lb'er depending on enviroment would be 12-16 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by screamnclickersc View Post
    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

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    at 10 yrs a flat can be pushing 40lbs in prime waters:wink: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/O...v34/p47_52.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by riverbud55 View Post
    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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