RIVER MONSTER: 88 lb. catfish caught in Kentucky Lake

Photo: TWRA

A photo of a massive catfish shared by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency had people talking on New Year's Eve.

The picture shows Paula Cathey Smith holding an 88 lb. catfish caught in the Kentucky Lake on Dec. 30.

TWRA confirmed the river monster is a real fish, but it doesn't break the state record! The state record bluecat was caught on the Cumberland River in 1998 and tipped the scales at 112 lbs.

"Ms. Smith has obviously been fishing for a while and figured out some good spots to fish on Kentucky Lake," a TWRA representative tells FOX 17 News. "We are always glad to see anglers enjoying the resource."

The giant fish was safely released back into Kentucky Lake after a few pictures were snapped.

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