Catfish with tags now worth $150!!!!!

Discussion in 'Catfish' started by JustBob, May 27, 2009.

  1. JustBob

    JustBob New Member

    http://mdc.mo.gov/cgi-bin/news/news_search.cgi?item=1243370600,72847,

    Some Missouri waters swimming with cash rewards

    Tuesday, May 26, 2009
    Returning tags to the Conservation Department can get you up to $150

    JEFFERSON CITY–Fishing is not something most people do for money. But anglers do love to tell others about their catches, and the Missouri Department of Conservation is willing to pay for your story if you catch one of a few very special catfish.

    In its continuing effort to put catfish management on a firm scientific footing, the Missouri Department of Conservation has tagged thousands of blue and flathead catfish in lakes and streams throughout the state. In years past, those tags carried rewards ranging from $25 to $50 for anglers who reported catching tagged catfish. More recently, the agency upped the ante, offering as much as $150 per tagged catfish.

    Fisheries biologists have long used tagging to learn how long fish live, how fast they grow, where they go and other useful information that is useful in setting fishing seasons and creel limits. However, tagging alone accomplishes nothing unless anglers report catching tagged fish. Each time an angler finds a tag on a catfish and calls the number printed on it, fisheries managers get a clearer picture of fish population dynamics. The more data points, the clearer the picture of fish population dynamics.

    The percentage of tagged fish caught and reported by anglers gives biologists a rough idea of what percentage of the overall fish population is caught by anglers each year. Estimating harvest rates is very helpful when establishing fishing regulations.

    Tag returns from anglers can underestimate the actual harvest, however. Some anglers are glad to report tagged fish in return for information they receive about the fish they caught. For others, however, even a $25 reward is not enough incentive to make a phone call and mail in a tag. Determining non-returns is a key part of every fish tagging study. So is estimating the number of non-returns accurately.

    To get a better handle on the number of non-returns, the Conservation Department offers a $150 reward for some tags. The assumption is that almost every angler will return a tag for that amount. Comparing the rate of return on $25 and $150 tags will give researchers a good idea what percentage of fish with $25 tags are not reported when anglers catch them.

    Conservation Department workers have tagged more than 7,000 flathead and blue catfish combined that are 12 inches and larger in recent years. Most of those tags have rewards of $25. The reward amount and the phone number to call are printed on the tags. Anglers also need to report when, where and how they caught each fish, along with its length and whether they kept or released the fish.

    The “dangler†tags are small plastic ovals attached just under the dorsal fin on top of fishes’ backs. Tagged catfish are swimming in parts of the Fabius, Gasconade, Grand, Lamine, Marmaton, Platte, South Grand rivers, the upper Mississippi River near Hannibal and the Missouri River around the mouths of the Platte, Grand, Lamine and Gasconade rivers.

    “Anglers don’t have to keep a fish to get the reward,†said Resource Scientist Zach Ford, who oversees the catfish harvest evaluation project. “If they catch a tagged flathead catfish and choose to release it, all they have to do is clip off the tag and mail it in. They get the reward marked on the tag, along with a letter describing when and where the fish was tagged. They get the tag back, too. Some people like to have them for keepsakes.â€

    To learn more about the Conservation Department’s catfish management work, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/7228, and click on “How we manage them.â€

    -Jim Low-
     
  2. blevely

    blevely White Board Man

    Jul 15, 2004
    Here and There
    Interesting



    I can't catch a catfish to save my life, but it's still interesting.
     

  3. JustBob

    JustBob New Member

    This information was sent straight to my cell phone via MDC on Twitter. Definitely check them out! Awesome information.


    http://twitter.com/mdc_online
     
  4. ryanlowe02

    ryanlowe02 Sexual Intellectual

    Aug 11, 2007
    Raymore, MO
    saw this last night on the tv
     
  5. coyotehunter

    coyotehunter PURE KILLER

    Jan 19, 2005
    mexico,mo.
    i bet there ain't many 150 tags,kinda like hitting the lottery:peepwall:
     
  6. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
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    Never even seen a tagged catfish, even when were netting I've never hit one, 150 dollars would buy me a lot of trotline supplies :claphands:
     
  7. Outdoorsman

    Outdoorsman New Member

    Jul 30, 2003
    PB, MO
    Is it legal to net Fish? Just curious... I've heard tell People sink Nets with some kind of Bait in the River or wherever... and catch some big Flatheads.
     
  8. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
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    [rquote=1283544&tid=89367&author=Outdoorsman]Is it legal to net Fish? Just curious... I've heard tell People sink Nets with some kind of Bait in the River or wherever... and catch some big Flatheads.[/rquote]

    You can't net game fish unless your on the Mississippi, and then you have to have a special license, a tag for the net, and you have to fill out a monthly fishing report.
     
  9. Outdoorsman

    Outdoorsman New Member

    Jul 30, 2003
    PB, MO
    Thats good to know... You'd have to trot line em around here then.
     
  10. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
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    [rquote=1283793&tid=89367&author=Outdoorsman]Thats good to know... You'd have to trot line em around here then. [/rquote]

    Yes sir :2thumbsup:
     
  11. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    $150 for a catfish??? That's almost as bad as Iowa prices!!!!:D
     
  12. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
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    [rquote=1283905&tid=89367&author=fireman_3311]$150 for a catfish??? That's almost as bad as Iowa prices!!!!:D[/rquote]

    :thinking: if you catch 4 of em you could buy an Iowa tag :rof2::rof2::rof2:
     
  13. We caught a tagged flatty last year on the Missouri. It was worth $25!!:woot::woot:
     
  14. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
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    [rquote=1283921&tid=89367&author=DForbis]We caught a tagged flatty last year on the Missouri. It was worth $25!!:woot::woot:[/rquote]

    :thinking: Close to the Lamine by any chance :pop:
     
  15. Caught him near Boonesboro (which is about 8 miles South of Glasgow).
     
  16. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Reform
    Did they tell ya when and where they tagged him
     
  17. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Reform
    I'm betting it was tagged in the Lamine is why I ask, few years after I quite fishing there they start taggin fish :roll2:

    I'm sure it was a conspiracy :D
     
  18. buffalo12888

    buffalo12888 Active Member

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    Aug 25, 2008
    franklin county
    Had a buddy catch a 18 pound and a 22 pound just this past weekend on the gasconade never even heard this until i read the post and he had two on the same line this past weekend
     
  19. Fish they did tell us where it was tagged and all the information, but I can't remember all of it. I'll ask my cousin if he remembers. He called it in and took the money for it.:D