Man catches giant channel catfish in Seattle's Green Lake

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says Ahmed Majeed caught a huge catfish in Seattle's Green Lake. (Photo courtesy Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

SEATTLE -- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says a man caught a huge channel catfish Saturday in Green Lake, according to their Facebook post.

Ahmed Majeed told Fish and Wildlife that although the fish was really big, it tasted great.

The state record for the largest channel catfish was from 1999 in Yakima County. The catfish weighed in at a little more than 36 pounds, according to Fish and Wildlife.

Majeed claims in the Facebook post that the fish he caught Saturday was 45 pounds.

Fish and Wildlife brought catfish to Green Lake in 2005, 2011 and 2014. They can reportedly live for more than 20 years. Brown and rainbow trout are also found in the lake.

Because channel catfish are not known to spawn in lowland lakes, Fish and Wildlife says they stock many lakes throughout the state with the catfish.

Channel catfish also live in the lower Columbia, Snake, Walla Walla and lower Yakima Rivers.

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