Ok ladies and gentlemen, its time to chime in. What do you think about North Carolina designating catfish as a game fish so that regulations can be put in place to manage the resource better? There are a lot of ways to go with this, but a game fish designation is the start. Creel limits, slot limits, and limits on fish over a certain size are all possibilities. To make it happen it will take some political pressure on Raleigh to recognize the economic impact the designation can have. Many areas, like the Yadkin chain, are producing blue catfish of record proportions. River systems down east are producing record flatheads. Lake Norman, with the previous state record, is poised to continue as a trophy blue cat destination. As these areas continue to grow more and more anglers will seek out these areas to fish and travel to. This means a significant income source for guides, motels, bait and tackle operations and gas stations in the area. Having trophy fisheries also provides entertainment for out of town businessmen, convention visitors, and other people who may be choosing the Carolinas as a travel destination. Without protection of the resources the fisheries could face over harvesting, thus eliminating the lakes as a travel destination for fishermen. In other states where there are catfish regulations the effort began at the ground level with pressure from fishermen to change things. It will not be easy, or fast, but the longest journey begins with a single step. Let me know what you think.