According to a report this morning in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, noodlers, fans of barehanded catfishing, are back in Jefferson City at a Senate hearing to legalize their sport.
MDC had a five year trial starting in 1995 on Missouri’s big rivers, in which 159 people caught and reported 27 fish. Noodling has been a point of contention ever since it was outlawed in 1917. After the trial, Department fisheries biologists ruled that noodling would negatively affect catfish stock, and the ban was reinstated. Noodlers, however, are not deterred easily. Noodling link.