OK...It's illegal to noodle in Missouri. In 2004, the Conservation Dept. voted to legalize hand fishing in certain areas as part of an environmental impact study. It was deemed, at that time, that hand fishing was probably detrimental to the flathead population, and the hand fishing season was closed. Now, state legislatures are gonna vote on a statewide hand fishing season for catfish and carp. It will have a certain time frame/season, and only 5 catfish can be kept in year, a special permit must be purchased, and all catfish must be checked in. I'm one of those who have never been opposed to hand fishing. However, I believe that the Conservation Department should have the ultimate say in the matter. They are the ones with the resources to make educated decisions regarding fish and wildlife. I have always had a great deal of respect for our Conservation Department because they do a great job with what they have, and a lot of other states don't have such a luxury. Anyways...if this passes, what does it mean? Besides hand fishing will be legal, our state government has removed the power to effectively regulate our fish and wildlife from the Conservation Department. They are over riding the authority of the only institution in the state that can responsibly make these decisions based on factual data. It's not about hand fishing to me. It's about who I want making these types of decisions. I trust the Conservation Departments judgement. I caught a bit of this on the news, but couldn't find anything on the net. I will post a link when I find one, or one becomes available. What do you think?