Loren Coleman noted in his book Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation's Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures that Ron Schaffner, and Ohio cryptozoologist, reported that welders along the River (in Ohio and Mississippi) would sometimes refuse to work underwater after giant catfish were seen.
Coleman also notes that Marc DeWerth, a Bigfoot researcher, said that his grandfather once told him about hitting what he thought was a log in the Ohio River. His grandfather had a 20-foot-long boat, and soon found that he had not hit a log, but a 25-foot catfish, dead in the water.
Other stories similar to these come from all across the United States. Certainly there are some very large catfish, but could there be some truly giant ones as well?
This post is excerpted from The Ohio Monster Guidebook, my upcoming book on Ohio cryptids.