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DNR Hopes to Increase Size of Fish to be Kept if Caught

DNR South Regions Fisheries Supervisor Brian Schoenung said the proposal follows research collected in recent years.

A Boater on Monroe Lake

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A boater on Lake Monroe near Bloomington.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources hopes to increase, by 50 percent, the minimum size of a catfish which can be kept if it’s caught in state waters. The proposal applies to both sport and commercial fishing, except on the Ohio River. DNR South Regions Fisheries Supervisor Brian Schoenung said the proposal follows research collected in recent years.

“We’ve got information on channel catfish growth and harvest and mortality, particularly on the Wabash River, which is one of our primary catfish fisheries. And based on the data that we’ve collected from that resource, our most prudent course of action is to increase that size limit, particularly for Channel Catfish from 10 to 15 inches.”

Vanessa Leeks with Marks Marina in Greencastle said she believes the proposal won’t meet with much disapproval, and that cat-fishing will continue.

“Well…some may be upset, but I think the others you know, they know how the fish are getting shortage anyways so this will help them in the future,” said Leeks.

Schoenung said a separate provision would stop the taking of more than one 28-inch channel catfish or one 35-inch flat head or blue catfish per day. The DNR will take public comment on the measure March 21st in Vincennes and March 22nd in Indianapolis before considering its adoption.

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