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Catfish, MO

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Imagine a pleasant place where all the residents have whiskers…

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Agent Eric Abbott with flathead caught by illegal handfishing

Conservation agents thwart illegal catfish noodling

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Catfish noodling, or hand-fishing, is illegal due to potential harm to fisheries. The method also prompts junk to be tossed into public lakes.

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Agent Eric Abbott with flathead caught by illegal handfishing

Flathead Catfish Caught by Illegal Handfishing

Conservation Agent Eric Abbott nabbed four men handfishing and possessing this fish in the Tarkio River in Atchison County in August 2012. Abbott released the large flathead, topping 40 pounds, back into the river.

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Handfishing Nesting Box

This pressure tank from a home water well system was dumped into Truman Lake for illegal hand-fishing. Conservation agents found a flathead catfish inside guarding eggs this summer.

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Noodling Box

Wooden boxes are often dumped into lakes for illegal hand-fishing, and this one pulled from Truman Lake by agents had flathead catfish eggs. The eggs will not survive and hatch if males that guard them are grabbed off the nest.

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Agent Eric Abbott with flathead caught by illegal handfishing

Why "No" to Noodling?

Hand-fishing has been illegal in Missouri since 1919, yet efforts to legalize it continue. This page explains why the Missouri Department of Conservation opposes hand-fishing.

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