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Noodlers, TPWD wants to hear from you

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 6, 2014

OK, people. Who out there noodles?

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wants to hear from people who hand fish for catfish. (The technique, popular in Oklahoma and also known as “noodling,” was legalized in Texas in 2011.)

“Because it is so new to our state, we are hoping to identify who hand-fishing anglers are and what their needs may be,” say Kris Bodine, a fisheries research biologist. “Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be conducting a survey over the next 60 days to better understand the needs, opinions and characteristics of hand-fishing anglers in Texas.”

The short survey is online at http://tinyurl.com/lyqzs22. The survey will be open through June 30. Responses to the survey will remain confidential.

Officials say they’ll use results of the survey to improve catfish populations across the state and include the opinions of hand-fishing anglers in future management plans.