Oklahoma’s state record blue catfish, on display at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, died Wednesday.
The fish was caught in 2004 at Lake Texoma by B.J. Nabors of Madill at an area called Murray 23 on the Tishomingo arm of the lake, a catfishing hotspot, and weighed 98 pounds.
The aquarium had been pumping antibiotics in the fish in an attempt to keep it alive.
The fish will be offered to Nabors to see if he wants to mount it, state wildlife officials said.
The fish was the state record blue cat in the rod and reel division, but the state record in the unrestricted division (trot lines, jug lines, etc.) is even bigger.
In 1988, Dan Grider caught a blue cat weighing 118 pounds, 8 ounces on a jug line from Lake Texoma.