While researching old native KS. fish species I ran across a website, an old Ag. Report, dated 1875 from a Prof. White of what's now Kansas Univ. Needless to say the catfish reports perked me up. I'd never heard of a 250lb(!) catfish in KS before oooh: The current world record is half that weight. I've seen ol black&white pictures from the early 1900's of some giants ~140ish or more taken from the Kaw or Missi. .......but nothing like these monsters. One thing about it though has me confused. What's the difference between the "Great Yellow Cat" max. weight 188# compared to the "Yellow Cat" max. 100#? Same species falsely identified as seperate or? Why does it seem like the biggest cats today are half the size from 130+yrs ago? Channeling, dams, etc? I wonder how many 200lb+ still roam the waters:tounge_out:. Anywho here are some highlights taken from http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1878/fish_native.shtml: "Amiurus cupreus Gill. - Great Yellow Cat-fish. In form like the Bull-head, but of a coppery-yellow color. The largest specimen weighed 188 lbs. "Ictalurus furcatus Gill. - Blue Cat fish; Fork-tailed Cat-fish. This is to the fisherman the most valuable species in the river, since it is quite abundant, is frequently of very large dimensions, and is always marketable. [Prof. Snow mentions having seen a specimen that weighed 175 lbs. Last May, while at Lawrence, the writer saw one that weighed 173 lbs. - COMMISSIONER.] Tradition is positive, that in the days of 1856 a fish of this species was captured weighing 250 lbs., which required the aid of a steamboat tow-line and a yoke of oxen for its safe deposit on the river bank. :cool2: "Ictalurus coerulescens Gill. - Channel Cat; Silvery Cat-fish. This very palatable fish is taken of all sizes, from 1/2 1b. to 15 lbs. It is used by the fishermen as bait for the larger species already mentioned.