Awesome fish. Have you ever been noodling for cats? Noodling is the lost art of using your hands as bait to catch fish. According to Oklahoma State Law, Title 29: The method of fishing by Hand Only. Any use of hooks, bait, rods or reels is deemed illegal. Hand Fishing - aka Noodling, Grabbling, and Hogging is only legal in 4 U.S. States: Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi. Peace and Happy New Year.