Noodling, or hand fishing, regulations being implemented in Wisconsin in 2019

Emergency rules are being put in place for noodling, or hand fishing, for catfish in Wisconsin.

Starting next year, noodling will only be allowed between June 1 and August 31. A bag limit is also being put in place of 1 flathead or 5 channel catfish per day.

Equipment limitations will prohibit the use of ropes, hooks, artificial nests and underwater breathing devices, and the state will not allow people to hand fish for catfish for sale.

“Those will be in the next fishing regulations released next year for 2019. So then that will be available to everybody as far as season dates, bag limits, species that can be harvested that way,” said Wisconsin DNR Recreation Warden Jake Holsclaw.

Noodling and other forms of alternative methods of harvesting catfish were legalized in Wisconsin in 2017.

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