(UNDATED) - Indiana is a step closer to new rules aimed at ensuring the state's catfish populations continue to include large "trophy" fish.
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission gave final approval Tuesday to new rules t raise the minimum size from 10 to 13 inches for catfish caught in rivers and streams, including the Ohio River, and limit the number of large catfish caught in lakes, reservoirs, streams and rivers (including the Ohio River) to no more than one each per day of channel catfish at least 28 inches long, blue catfish at least 35 inches long, and flathead catfish at least 35 inches long.
The rules also limit the number of large channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish that anglers can take per day.
The changes apply to both commercial fishing and sport fishing.
The changes still need approval from Gov. Mike Pence's office and Indiana attorney general's office.
State wildlife officials say they're needed to boost the survival of younger catfish and ensure there's a continued supply of large "trophy" catfish that anglers can hook.
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