Minnesota DNR in second year of catfish project, still seeking angler help

The Minnesota DNR is entering year two of an effort to better
understand and manage catfish in metro region rivers and is looking
for a few avid anglers to help.

The project includes DNR tagging catfish to get a better idea of
their population and movement. It also draws upon catfish anglers
who are willing to answer a few survey questions and keep diaries
of their angling efforts. The angler diaries will provide valuable
information that is not typically obtained in standard creel
surveys because many catfish anglers fish at night. More than 200
anglers have taken the survey since last year, but few have kept
diaries.

Anglers may take the 12-question survey online at  www.surveymonkey.com/catfish.
Anglers also may send an e-mail to MetroEast.Catfish@state.mn.us
or call (651) 259-5806 to request that a paper copy of the survey
be mailed to them. Anglers who have already taken the survey do not
need to take it again. Attempts have already been made to contact
most of last year’s survey respondents willing to keep a diary.

Anglers who catch and release a tagged catfish should record the
species, length, tag number and location caught, and release the
fish with the tag in place. Anglers who harvest a tagged fish
should record the same information and report the fish as
harvested. Anglers not participating in the catfish angler diary
program can still report tagged fish locations using the DNR Web
site at www.mndnr.gov/news
or by contacting the phone number or e-mail address listed
above.

Catfish are becoming increasingly popular with Minnesota
anglers, and metro rivers are fertile waters for big cats. The
state record flathead catfish, weighing 70 pounds, was caught on
the St. Croix River in Washington County. The record channel cat
was pulled from the Mississippi River in Hennepin County.

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