Indiana flathead size,age study done

Discussion in 'LOCAL INDIANA TALK' started by river scum, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    here are the results on flathead age from northern indiana water.

    21.5 inch flathead: 5yrs.

    23.5 inch flathead: 5yrs.

    24.0 inch flathead: 9yrs.

    28.5 inch flathead: 11yrs

    sorry i wasnt goin to kill any bigger fish to donate for the study. but as i see it i wont be eating anything over 5 yrs old. i dont eat many of them anyhow cause of the polution in our waters. maybe this year i can get a toxicology test done on some meat,if so ill pass it along too.
     
  2. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    i always wondered how long it took to get to what size.
    Thanks
    Bill
     

  3. Ol Whiskers

    Ol Whiskers New Member

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    Riverscum,

    Who did the study, and how do you tell the age of a flathed catfish?
     
  4. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    i caught a fish at a little hole near me a few years back that was 25lb. he had a distinctive black spot on his head, and at the time i had a couple plastic tags with me and i attached one to his fatty fin near the tail. i caught the same fish 2 yrs later behind the same rockpile and he weighed 30.2lb. 2 years=5lbs. that was in 2000, like to know how much he weighs now!
     
  5. Ol Whiskers

    Ol Whiskers New Member

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  6. Ohio_River_Rat

    Ohio_River_Rat New Member

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    To determin the age you can look at their otoliths which are earbones that grow through out their entire life and have rings that look like tree rings one ring for every ear of growth. I've done w/bass before but not w/catfish. at least i assume this is how he did it. http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/refm/age/brief_history.htm#Fig. 1 heres a pic of one
     
  7. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Thats more of a reason to release those flatheads, it takes a long tome for them to reach trophy size.
     
  8. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    ol whiskers is rite about the tags, it is unlawfull in indiana too.

    i had a friend with experience do it for me. he sectiones the pectoral spine(the one on the side) and shoulder. they do have rings like trees do.
     
  9. HoosierPoleCat

    HoosierPoleCat New Member

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    River Scum ty for that information. Very intresting. Oh we got the rain & about 4" of snow. River is up, my poles are ready, I have time. If you got bait.
     
  10. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    great study. Good info to know, so what area of IN did those flats come from? Northern Central or Southern?
     
  11. HoosierPoleCat

    HoosierPoleCat New Member

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    Those came from the northern part....
     
  12. HoosierPoleCat

    HoosierPoleCat New Member

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    Hey River Scum check that member map out...thats pretty cool. Go east of Auburn to my road and it shows my driveway. Only one it shows on that road.
     
  13. Salmonid

    Salmonid New Member

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    An Ohio study I just recd from ODNR showed they clipped the right Pectoral Spine to determine age growths, ( like rings on a tree)
    it varied dramitically from location to location and was done on Channels, the results they got from the best lake (Tycoon Lake)
    Average was 14" for age 4 and
    average 16" for age 5

    and slowest growth for worst of 4 lakes in Study (Fox Lake)was this:
    14" for age 7
    16" for age 8

    so even for channels, the age to reach a decent fish is suprisingly long.

    Salmonid
     
  14. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    brian:

    those flats came from a northern indiana river.

    salmonid:

    good piont bro. thanks for posting
     
  15. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    thanks just trying to get an idea of the waters I am going to start fishing this spring. It is always a challenge moving into a new area and learning how to fish new waters all over again.
     
  16. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    we will get you on some nice fish brian. ;)
     
  17. HoosierPoleCat

    HoosierPoleCat New Member

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    Brian you going fishing we us.....kewl,maybe this time River Scum will bring enough bait :p
     
  18. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    Thanks, i really appreciate it. It has been a long time since I caught anything other then 5-10lb channels.
     
  19. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    im starting a new policy this year polecat. B.Y.O.B.N.B. lol
     
  20. Fishgeek

    Fishgeek Active Member

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    Hey River Scum, does B.Y.O.B.N.B. apply to me too?! How about I bring bait for you & Polecat instead...a big ol' bucket of wings?!