I was forwarded this mail along with a note saying that this information was going to be posted officially soon and that it was okay to share it now. I figured I'd take that to heart and pass it along. There have been a lot of heated discussions here about the catfishing conditions on the Ohio. I'm hoping to make it down there to at least hear what Ron has to say about the data they've collected.
Catfish anglers are concerned about the number of trophy fish in the Ohio River. Many in the pay lake industry have added a trophy fish component to their fishing opportunities which has increased the value of large fish. Consequently, the likelihood of increased harvest of trophy catfish for pay lakes coupled with decreases in trophy catfish weighed in at tournaments have compelled anglers to request size restrictions on trophy catfish harvest. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has routinely sampled the Ohio River to monitor the catfish populations, but during the past year, the Department increased its sampling effort and solicited data from other states and universities to gather enough information to be able to confidently assess blue, channel and flathead catfish populations in the river. The Department is holding a public meeting at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton, Kentucky. We will discuss the status of trophy catfish in the Ohio River and potential regulations that may be proposed to enhance the trophy catfish numbers in the river and statewide. This meeting will begin with a presentation describing catfish data collected over the past several years with a special emphasis on this past years increased effort. Following the presentation, a survey that will be distributed so that all participants are assured their opinions are recorded. Finally, there will be an open-discussion period to allow participants (who wish) to speak publically on the issues. Everyone with an interest in Kentuckys trophy catfish are invited to attend this meeting.
The address to the Research Center is:
University of Kentucky Research and Education Center
1205 Hopkinsville St, Princeton, KY 42445
Fisheries Division Director
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
#1 Sportsman's Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-7109 ext 4466