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Conservation agents thwart illegal catfish noodling

Catfish noodling, or hand-fishing, is illegal due to potential harm to fisheries, according to studies done by the Missouri Department of Conservation in the state’s waters.

"People don’t realize that when they’re taking one brood fish off the nest they’re killing thousands of eggs," said Conservation Agent Alan Bradford, who made arrests this summer for noodling in Grindstone Creek in Daviess County.

But the method also prompts junk to be

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