Blue Catfish Limit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A legislative panel has voted to reject proposed limits on the harvesting of large blue catfish in Oklahoma lakes and streams.

The House Administrative Rules and Agency Oversight Committee voted 7-2 Tuesday to send the measure to the House floor.

The state Department of Wildlife Conservation wants to limit the number of blue catfish at least 30 inches long that a person can catch to just one each day.

Rep. Ben Sherrer of Pryor Creek says the rule was adopted to promote tournaments for trophy-size catfish and will deprive average Oklahomans who fish for food of the ability to catch large catfish.

The Wildlife Department's chief of fisheries, Barry Bolton, says a study found that large blue catfish are being overfished in the state.

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