IN. angler survey results

Discussion in 'LOCAL INDIANA TALK' started by river scum, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    hooterville indiana
    hey indiana brothers, i found the results of an angler fishing survey. if any of you participated in this survey,i would like to thank you myself. looks like catfish are gaining popularity in our state. we still need to keep sending letters and e-mails and calling our state officials. if we keep pushing for stiffer regulations on big fish we will all benefit in the future. our state has very laxed regulations for cats,compared to our surounding states,and they are very vulnerable. i for one like the new regs put in place in ohio for flatheads! if you havent seen these regs there is a thread in the ohio area,go check it out. ill stop rembeling now guys and list the results,enjoy.


    the numbers represent the # of anglers selecting that species

    1- bluegill--1386
    2-crappie--1355
    3-largmouth bass--1352
    4-smallmouth bass--1199
    5-walleye--910
    6-channel catfish--780
    7-yellow perch--661
    8-striped bass--634
    9-sunfish--575
    10-northern pike--557
    11-rock bass--533
    12-blue catfish--528
    13-flathead catfish--436
    14-white bass--390
    15-muskellunge--349
    16-spotted bass--344
    17-white perch--295
    18-inland rainbow trout--279
    19-steelhead--252
    20-lake trout--237
    21-brown trout--247
    22-sauger--232
    23-coho salmon--230
    24-chinook salmon--205
    25-freshwater drum--60
    26-roughfish--28

    p.s. catch photo and release all the big fish for the future,its proven to work! only we can keep our fisheries alive and well,or doom them through ignorence.

    thx for reading brothers n t/c-tim
     
  2. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    That survay was very interesting. I reviewed the law and if I am right on this there is no limits at all on cats or gills.
    Bill
    P.S
    Thanks for the time and work you put in! :thumbsup:
     

  3. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    well zappaf,the limits are as follows.

    all cats have the same regulations

    : in lakes & res. its 10 fish bag limit and no minimum size

    : in rivers & streams its no bag limit & 10 in. minimum size

    these regulations in my opinion are just plain STUPID! come on who wants to keep a catfish under 10 inches? the regs we have allow me ( or any other dern fool) to lay wast to a good streatch of water. the small rivers i fish could be wipped out literally of all large cats in one or two years of hard fishing. the laws need to be updated for cats in this state! the INDNR doesnt see catfish as a sport fish in need of protecting,from what i gather. they are more interested in trout bass n muskies. i for one would rather go out and catch 20 flatheads over 20# in a night oposed to one 20# musky. dont get me wrong i do fish for all kinds of fish and like what they have done with the regs for most. when it comes down to protecting cats all i would take is a regulation change. trout n muskies are stocked and that takes money n lots of it. new catfish regs would cost nothing. think about it,trophy fish for nothing,hum what a deal eh?

    like i said send letters call n e-mail them with your concerns,please!

    thx4reading tim
     
  4. slimcat

    slimcat New Member

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    marion kentucky
    I agree with you river scum, the states of kentucky and indiana have the WORST regulations of any states around. They do not care about catfish, if its not a bass or crappie they could care less. Hopefully one of these days, this low life state I live in will wake up and smell the coffee, Catfish are sportfish just like those stinkin bass and crappie. I guess that is the reason I fish in other states such as Kansas and Missouri, they respect there fish more.
     
  5. Fishgeek

    Fishgeek Active Member

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    Well, I'm not sure where River Scum got ahold of those results but I'm glad they're out there!

    Jim & Bill, I really appreciate you taking the time to complete & return the survey. Like River Scum said, its important for our catfishermen to let the DNR know how we/you feel about the state's current management (or lack of). The squeeky wheels usually get oiled if the squeeking is done in a respectful, non-threatening manner.

    Thanks again!
     
  6. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Good going guys keep pushing them for regs to help prtect them catfish..It's up to us!
     
  7. Fishgeek

    Fishgeek Active Member

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    The DNR did have open meetings last year (and maybe the year before too) to allow our constituents to comment on proposed regulation changes. The people that attended liked them quite a bit. Prior to sending out the angler survey, we conducted a focus group composed of anglers & outdoor writers in order to pre-test the angler survey. Nearly each of the guys there had attended one of the DNR's public meetings and thought they were a great idea. Unfortunately, not many people (sometimes just 3 or 4) came to the meetings. Consequently, I think the DNR decided that it wasn't worth the time & effort to conduct such meetings -- especially when the number of DNR folks present out numbered the public.
     
  8. Fishgeek

    Fishgeek Active Member

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    Hear! Hear! Couldn't have said it better myself!
     
  9. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    excellent post,timotha nicely said brother!