December 29, 2004 in Nation/World

‘Noodling’ now legal

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Next summer, it will be legal to plunge into some Missouri rivers and grab catfish by hand.

Known as noodling or hogging, handfishing has been a misdemeanor punishable by fines. Officials fear it depletes the catfish – and noodlers can encounter snakes or snapping turtles.

Missouri officials have approved a handfishing season for next summer.

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