In the South a pay lake is where a landowner will make catfish lakes and people can fish and pay for the fish they catch by the pound. The owner has a place set up with scales to weigh fish and most times sells bait and refreshments. All fish are kept, you are not allowed to release fish. You catch it you pay for it. All fish in these lakes are channels or some type of channel hybrid. Most fish caught are in the 2 to 6 lb. range with a 15 lb. fish caught sometimes.( this fish is from an earlier stocking that was never caught.) These lakes are fished by older people, people that have small children, single mothers taking her boys fishing, inexperienced fishermen, fisherman that don't have the time to fish anywhere else. I have read some of the posts on paylakes on the BOC and was shocked that this kind of thing was going on. I had never heard of people catching big wild fish and selling them to paylakes. I had never heard of paylakes for trophy fish and was catch and release only. In Alabama we have had a one over 34" law for a couple of years. I have found out the reason for this is because people were transporting big wild fish to paylakes in Tennessee. I read one post where a BOC member had a hundred paylakes in a 50 mile radius of his home. I understand the anger and disgust of some members. I hope all states will make a maximum length rule to protect the big cats. In our country you can look at bootlegging, prostitution, and drugs and see that if there is money to be made somebody is going to do it. I do not know the answer to the problem but I understand it now.