Mike Wherley hoists the giant Pennsylvania flathead. Mike Wherley
The 66-pound 6-ounce flathead catfish that Mike Wherley caught last month has officially been accepted as a new state record by the Pennsylvania Boat and Fish Commission. The new record was certified on June 6, according to a Facebook post by the agency.
Wherley’s fish replaces the previous Pennsylvania state-record flathead, which was caught by Jonathan Pierce in 2020. Pierce caught his 56-pound 3-ounce fish from the Shuylkill River in East Falls, a neighborhood in Philadelphia.
May 19, 2023: A mid-morning fishing trip for Pennsylvania angler Mike Wherley produced a giant flathead catfish last Sunday. Caught from the Susquehanna River, the catfish weighed 66 pounds, 6 ounces. It should be more than heavy enough to replace the standing state-record for the species.
Wherley was fishing one of his favorite spots below Safe Harbor…