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Do you really want to noodle a Blue?

by Ed Godfrey Published: April 19, 2013
Oklahoma noodlers will be able to go after blue catfish and channel catfish in addition to flatheads in the summer of 2014.
Oklahoma noodlers will be able to go after blue catfish and channel catfish in addition to flatheads in the summer of 2014.

Noodlers in Oklahoma will be able to go after channel catfish and blue catfish next year along with flatheads.
Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation which makes it legal for noodlers, or hand fishermen, to keep blue cats and channel cats in addition to flathead catfish. The law takes effect Nov. 1.
Whether noodlers actively will search for blue cats, however, is another story.
Blue cats are known for having a sharper bite than flatheads, and many noodlers who have snatched them in past have expressed regret.
“Compared to a dog, a blue cat is a pit bull and a flathead is a poodle,” said Skipper Bivens of Temple, star of the Hillybilly Handfishing television show.
Most noodlers are able to snatch catfish during spawning season when the males are guarding the nests. But there is a difference in the bite of a blue cat and a flathead.
“If they catch a blue cat, they will pay for it,” said Robert Fleenor, head of the law enforcement division for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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