I'm wondering what the BOC ohio membership thinks about the current regulations which allow anglers to keep 1 flathead over 35". In my opinion our fishery would be better served by a slot limit that would allow anglers to keep a flathead under a certain number of inches or over a certain number of inches. I'm thinking something like a slot of 30-50"'s. Then no fish between 30-50 inches could be harvested. The logic of a slot limit is to protect the spawning mature population while allowing anglers to harvest juvenile and/or "elderly" fish. From my experience with slot limits on lake trout on lake ontario the idea is that big big fish are not as successful at spawning, have less years of life (spawning) left in them, and are desired by anglers primarily for taxidermy purposes. Thus, with the slot limit the main spawning population is preserved, but anglers can still keep "unders" for the table or "overs" b/c 1) its not in the interest of fishing for the state to tell anglers they can't keep the fish of a lifetime and 2) these larger fish have already done their part in continuing the species and are approaching death via natural causes so their harvest is less detrimental to the species as a whole than smaller but mature fish. IMO our current regulations promote releasing flatheads (and blues) until they reach reproductive maturity and then harvesting them in their reproductive prime. I believe that these fish in their reproductive prime are the ones we need to preserve. Studies of other species have shown that the largest fish, even though they may hold the most eggs, are not as successful at spawning as fish in their prime. For example, a 26" walleye is more likely to spawn more successfully than a 32" one. I'm wondering what the rest of you think about this? we all know that catfish regulations are historically less thought out then regulations on bass, walleye, salmon, trout, etc... and IMO it seems that our current regulations are not very well thought out. m.