Indiana Catfish Regulations
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
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There really is nothing wrong with commercial fishing except for the fact that, in Indiana at least, there are no regulations to control what they do or how they do it, not to mention NO CATCH LIMITS!
The big cats more than likley will end up in a pay lake. Pay lake owners stuff their little fishing holes full of trophy blues, flatheads, and big channels. This is wrong. These pay lake folks can get these same fish from a fish farm. However, they obviously want less overhead, so they think it is OK to wipe out our rivers and lakes of big cats.
Say what you want,but something needs to be done.
I, in no way, am saying all pay lakes do this. It is just how some of them are doing buisness.
I do not go to pay lakes that support commercial fishing of lakes and rivers. If they buy from a fish farm then,I have no problem going there.
Some less than ethical fishermen are just as much to blame.
Also, I would like to make an addendum to the petition asking for stiffer fines and penalties for those that pollute and deface our public waters!
Below is an outline of what is trying to be accomplished:
1) Set Slot/Bag limits on all catfish over 34 inches, limiting
possession to 1 per day on all licenses.
2) Regulate Pay Lake stocking, requiring them to be stocked under
IDNR supervision, and requiring owners of Pay Lakes to have valid
proof fish stocked were taken by legal means.
3) Work with the all states sharing Indiana Boundry waters to establish
Regulations mirroring those established by the state of Tennessee:
a) Commercially licensed fishermen required to immediatly release
all catfish caught over 34 inchs.
b) Restricting all sports fishing licensed fishermen to a bag limit
of 1 fish per day on all Catfish over 34 inches.
4) make it illegal for paylake owners to buy fish from private fishermen..a practice that is regularly happening.