First off, just so this thread doesnt get pulled, I am not saying wheter I am FOR or AGAINST Paylakes. I REALLY want to get opinons to this, so I'm not being a troublemaker w/ this post. If you cant act civil, then please stay out of this thread. I have noticied that there are lots of new, smaller size Pay Lakes poping up in Ohio. Here are my questions: #1.) Is this due to an increase in overall Fishing Intrest? #2.) Is this due to an increase in popularity of the Catfish species? #3.) If answer #1 is no, is it due to an increase of this particular type of fishing? Points in regards to my questions If the popularity of CATFISHING in increasing, the # of people of targeting them is increasing, which means the # of fish being caught is increasing, which means the # of fish being kept is increasing, which means (baring some unbeleivable spawn the last few years) the population of catfish is decreasing right? I say this because MANY big time Ohio River Catmen have complained over the last couple years about how the cats arent hitting or at least being caught the way they have been in the past. Could their be a correlation? Could MORE PAYLAKES = A NEED FOR MORE CATFISH Catfish) (CATFISH COMMERICIALLY CAUGHT & TAKEN OUT OF THE RIVER & COMMERICALLY SOLD) ? -All this is legal, so it's within the person's or company's rights to do so, I am just wondering if we can connect the dots on all of this. If my hypothis (spelling?) is true, then wouldnt we all , the reg catter & the catter improve our fishing by seeing creel limits created? I guess that still doesnt address the commericial issue though, does it?