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Catfishing tournaments on the Ohio River.

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 year’s 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 Kentucky’s 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


Ron Brooks

Fisheries Division Director

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

#1 Sportsman's Lane

Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 564-7109 ext 4466