MDC Fisheries staff recently held open houses in Camdenton, Clinton and Warsaw to get angler and other public feedback on possible regulation changes for catching and keeping blue catfish at Truman Reservoir and Lake of the Ozarks.
Blue catfish frequently grow to 60 pounds and can exceed 100 pounds. MDC research shows both Truman Reservoir and Lake of the Ozarks contain adequate to excessive numbers of smaller blue catfish. However, heavy harvest of blue catfish 24 inches and larger is not allowing them to reach the larger sizes desired by many anglers.
In response to these facts and anglers concerns, MDC developed potential regulation changes to address the problem. The changes would affect blue catfish at the two lakes and their tributaries, including the no-boating zone below Truman Dam. Regulation changes under consideration include:
One display at the open houses was a great example of a “picture being worth a thousand words." MDC Fisheries Management Biologists Mike Bayless and Greg Stoner are pictured with mounted blue catfish showing the sizes and numbers anglers could catch and keep under the proposed regulations.
Share your comments on the proposed regulation changes at mdc.mo.gov/node/18097.
Show the world it wasn’t just a “fish story.” Submit your photo to our Fish Bragging Board on Flickr and then share the link with friends. Go to mdc.mo.gov/node/17972.