DNR officer Brandon Bregquist holds big catfish that was trapped near Saylorville. The record floods of 2008 have left Iowans plenty of stories to tell, and that includes one story about the big fish that didn’t get away.

Inspectors from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers noticed a large number of fish trapped in a pool below the Saylorville Lake spillway Sunday morning.

Kevin Baskins of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says conservation officers were called in to help the fish. Baskins says they found over 90 catfish — many flathead catfish — averaging between 30 and 40 pounds, and some of the larger specimens were nearly 60 pounds.

Baskins says the fish were trapped in the pool as the floodwaters receded. Baskins says it was unusual to find so many tropy-sized game fish trapped. Baskins says the catfish were rescued and returned to the Des Moines River below the dam. Some of the less desirable species of fish were left behind in the pool.

Conservation officers Jeff Swearngin abd Brandon Bregquist hold big catfish.