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.