The topic of flathead color has come up several times. I remembered I had this picture from last year and I thought some folks might find it interesting. (By the way, I seem to recall that they were about 8, 8 and 12 pounds. Something like that.) I caught these three fish within minutes of each other (which is why they are all laying on deck together - they were released right after the picture) in the same spot, so the water color isn't the reason for the color difference. I was anchored near the bank and the two brown fish hooked up right near the bank, with lots of woody cover, and the yellower fish was caught out in the open more, like maybe 30 feet from the bank. My theory is that the brown fish were matching the wood they were laying near and the yellower fish was blending in with the sand of the river bottom. I believe they can change color fairly quickly - I have put a real yellow flathead in a livewell and when I pulled it out 15 minutes later it was brown.