Thanks to the efforts of the BAI and IDNR catfish will be a legal species starting Jan. 1 2017. Here is the final bill summary from the Illinoos general assembly page. The governor signed the bill at the Illinois state fair in conservation world where the BAI was holding its annual free bowfishing range for visitors. Another great accomplishment for bowfishing brought to you by your BAI! The new adrule is being written but it will staye catfish will be legal wherever commercial catfish harvest exists.