The flathead catfish, also known as the motley, yellow cat, Opelousas, bashaw or shovelhead cat, is a species of North American freshwater catfish. The flathead can be found from the lower Great Lakes region to northeastern Mexico. Flatheads can grow up to 61 inches long and may weigh as much as 120 pounds. They are carnivores or benthic feeders, preferring live prey and feed primarily on other fish, insects, worms and crustaceans. Because flathead catfish can be found in deep pools, lakes and slow-moving rivers, they are popular among fishermen. On May 14, 1998, an angler caught a flathead weighing 123 lbs 9 oz in the Elk City Reservoir, Kansas; that record still stands.