Utah Catfish Record. On May 24, 2020, angler Jonathan Pierce, 34, of Philadelphia, was fishing from the bank of the Schuylkill River at East Falls. HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 7) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is excited to announce a new state record flathead catfish! Channel: 35-14.7; The Virginia state record blue catfish is also a world record. (Photo via Pennsylvania Pressroom) The catch comfortably displaced the previous Pennsylvania flathead catfish state record, which was caught in April 2019 on the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County. On April 6, 2019, angler Jeff Bonawitz, 54, of East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County launched his boat from the Muddy Creek public access area located south of Lower Bear Island on the Susquehanna River in York County. The catfish tipped the scales at 50 pounds, 7 ounces. Man catches Pa. record 50-pound flathead catfish — an invasive species by Frank Kummer , Updated: May 8, 2019 It took Jeff Bonawitz 25 minutes to land the 50-pound, 7-ounce fish. May 10 (UPI) --A Pennsylvania man is a record holder after reeling in the state's first documented catfish weighing over 50 pounds.Jeff Bonawitz, 54, … The expected Pennsylvania state record flathead catfish is weighed at Blue Marsh Outdoors in Berks County. At 2:30 p.m. on April 6, Jeff Bonawitz of East Lampeter Township reeled in a record-setting flathead catfish from the Susquehanna River.. HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has certified a new state record flathead catfish. Channel: 32-8, LeRoy Mortenson, Utah Lake, 1978; Vermont Catfish Record. A new state-record flathead catfish has been announced by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The mammoth catfish also measured 50 inches in length as had an impressive girth of 28.875 inches. At that point he knew they had something even larger on their hands.