I stumbled on this interesting tidbit and thought I'd share it with all of you. June 23, 1859 a hundred and sixty pound catfish was caught in the Kansas River in Topeka.
This tiny bit of information is recored in the Collections of Kansas State Historical Society, Vol. 12. ©1912 I'm thinking this record may have gotten lost over the years. Current largest catfish records are much lower in weight.
Another citation is from The Topeka Tribune, June 23, 1859.
BIG FISH.-Two large catfish were captured in the Kaw this morning. The largest one weighing, net, 160 pounds. The smaller one 110 pounds. The mouth of the larger one measured, on the inside, eight by twelve inches. That fellow could carry a pretty good lunch in his head.
FYI Kansas and Kaw River are the same.