Harmon Henderson

Observation on the Propagation of Flathead Catfish in the San Marcos State Fish Hatchery, Texas

Although flathead catfish were very popular fish with the anglers of Texas, very little effort was made in the hatchery system to propagate these fish until about ten years ago. First, flatheads taken from lakes and rivers were used for brood fish. Repeated failures to get these fish to spawn, however, prompted hatchery personnel to rear offspring from some of the few spawns obtained from the feral fish so that hatcheryreared flatheads could be used for brood fish. This proved to be successful since eight pairs of hatchery-reared brood fish produced seven spawns the first year they were...