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45-pound catfish caught at Lake Cherokee

LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) - Troy Harrell reeled in a massive catch out on Lake Cherokee over the weekend.

Harrell caught a 45.3 pound flathead catfish out on the lake.

The state record for the largest freshwater catfish was set on January 16, 2004. The blue catfish, caught on Lake Texoma by Cody Mullennix, weighed in at a whopping 121.50 pounds. Mullennix used s shad bait to catch the mud cat.

The largest flathead was caught by James Laster on December 2, 1998, on Lake Palestine. The catfish weighed 98.50 pounds and was caught using minnows and a crappie hook.

Lake Cherokee is located about 12 miles southeast of Longview in southeastern Gregg and northeastern Rusk counties.

The lake is owned and operated by the Cherokee Water Company to supply water for municipal, industrial and recreational purposes.

 According to a 2015 survey by the Texas Water Development Board, the lake has a capacity of 44,475 acre-feet and a surface area of 3,749 acres at the crest of the service spillway, elevation of 280 feet above mean sea level. The average annual sediment filling rate at the Lake Cherokee is approximately 109 acre-feet per year after impoundment.


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