We had a great meeting with the biologists from NCWRC at the Carolinas Catfish Club on Wednesday. Several biologists presented the information they have gathered so far from Lake Norman and Badin Lake. As we have said before, we are in the beginning stages of the research, and right now they are in a "gathering phase". While the data collected so far has been compiled, there are still too few samples to make any determinations. The plan is to keep collecting fish over the next couple of years. Comparatively speaking the ongoing striper research being conducted on Lake Norman has analyzed over 1,000 stripers through the years, and the catfish research on Badin has around 100 fish. Part of what biologists are figuring out is what is the best way to collect the sample fish. Some of the younger age classes of fish are relatively easy to collect, while the older fish are much more difficult. This is new research, and many of the techniques used to collect stripers, largemouth bass, and crappie, do not work for harvesting catfish. One interesting trend so far is the age of the 32 fish that are being protected on Lake Norman and Badin Lake. So far, with the limited samples collected, the 32 fish appear to be around 10 years old. Another interesting trend is that the growth seems to increase at a steady rate, but this could be skewed by the limited number of large fish aged. Over time as more fish are collected we will have a much clearer picture. A quick reminder that biologist from the NCWRC will be at the Carolinas Catfish Club tournament on Lake Hickory collecting samples for their research on channel catfish on that lake. They are very interested in the channel catfish in that lake and our anglers should be able to provide them with some samples. Everyone is encouraged to keep all the channel catfish they catch so that they can be weighed, measured, and weighed.