I had the opportunity to talk with several of our state fisheries biologists this weekend at a retirement party. I took advantage of the time & was able to ask a few questions and plug catfish management for us. Our southern biologists, particularly the south region fisheries supervisor, has been doing our catfish right & has been working pretty hard to make some changes. First, there are new size & bag limit regulations currently proposed & on the table. They feel pretty certain that this regulation, or a close variation of it will be passed...eventually. The proposal (rivers & streams) is a 15" minimum and one fish greater than 32". So, you could keep all the cats you want between 15" and 31.9" and then keep only one catfish over 32". May not be ideal but its a start and its nice to see they realize the value of those bigger cats. This is only a proposal & is still a ways off from being accepted...but I just wanted to let you know that the DNR is working on catfish issues. Second, in the "Bluegill are gamefish" thread there has been much discussion about what can be captured & kept in a cast net. The guys kinda' shook their heads & acknowledged that that's a confusing mess. The confusion stems from the Indiana Code which spells out which species are technically considered gamefish. Basically, the species listed are the species that had management regulations on them way back when that part of the Indiana Code was written & passed. The fish guys have been trying to get the IC changed but since its a change in the law it takes the state legislature to pass it. And, if its not important, its not even going to get looked at...apparently fish aren't a priority (imagine that!). The biologists at least recognize the inconsistancies & are trying to address them the best they can. Third, there is still a proposal for changing the shad as live bait regulations. Again, the southern biologists have been working hard to get these regs. loosened a little. FYI, I was told that our best allies in this fight will be the striper fishing guys. So, if these shad regs ever come up for discussion at public meetings, it would be a good idea to coordinate efforts with the striper folks.