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Recreational fishermen on the main-stem Ohio River will be allowed one blue catfish ≥35.0 in, one flathead catfish ≥35.0 in, and one channel catfish ≥28.0 in. Harvest of fish below their respective length limits will not be regulated.
The majority of commercial anglers fishing in the legal waters of the Ohio River and its tributaries will be allowed one blue catfish ≥35.0 in, one flathead catfish ≥35.0 in, and one channel catfish ≥28.0 in per day. However, 44 commercial anglers that harvested over 10,000 lbs of catfish in at least 2 of the last 3 years along with an additional six commercial anglers who will be chosen by a lottery drawing will be allowed a daily harvest of four (in aggregate) blue catfish and flathead catfish ≥40.0 in and channel catfish ≥30.0 inches in Kentucky’s portion of the Ohio River and its tributaries open to commercial fishing below Cannelton Lock and Dam. Harvest of fish below their respective length limits will not be regulated.
The number of commercial fishers awarded trophy permits was reduced to 15 (previously 50).
There will be no more than two licensed commercial fisherman per boat. If more are present, they may only keep a two limits of trophy catfish.
A possession limit (twice the daily limit) was placed on trophy catfish for commercial fishers. This applies when on the water and when trailering fish.
KDFWR has remained active on the river conducting standardized field sampling for catfish by means of trotlines, hoop nets, electrofishing, commercial ride-alongs, and collecting data from tournaments.