Flathead non game
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Posted on Friday May 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM  
I do not want to get into the great debate on noodling but I was wondering why flathead has been listed as a non game fish for so long? I understand white bass being non game because they are so plentiful but flathead do not appear to be so prolific. Maybe I do not understand what non game represents. Can you identify the difference.
Posted on Tuesday May 7, 2013 at 10:21 AM  
My understanding is that flatheads have always been classified as non-game because of the historical noodling fishery. There is nothing biological about it, just a social/historical classification of these fish.
Posted on Friday May 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM  
Flatheads were once fished commercially on the Ark. River Navigation system. They had to be "non-game" fish to be commercially harvested. We had biologists (me included) who had to maintain records of commercial harvest to report to the Feds each year. Eventually the markets dried up and they couldn't make any money and we (ODWC) quit issuing commercial licenses. We haven't had commercial fishing now for many years and are glad of it. It was a pain...lots of illegal activity and conflict with sport anglers.
Posted on Friday May 10, 2013 at 9:34 PM  
Thanks for the history. I have been curious about this for a long time.
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