For many years of fishing for catfish I had never seen a baby flathead catfish. That is until this year while fishing one Saturday morning on a small river with my bait catching gear. I was trying to catch some small channel cats to stock a new pond in a park near my house when I caught a baby (this years hatch) flathead. Actually thought it was a perch at first because it was dark colored unlike the channel cats I had been catching. to tell you the truth this is the highlight of my fishing this year even thought this fish is only about 5 inches long. It is now my pet fish in my aquarium and doing great (eats right out of my hand) the appearance and behavior of the babes is just like you took a 50#er and shrunk it down. Sticks close to cover all the time and fearless ate out of my hand after 1st day in captivity. Is this an unusual catch or has anyone else caught a baby flathead?