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Indiana Mushroom Hunting Contest

 

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Hunt for the Big Indiana Morel Mushroom Contest. 

 

      Beginning April 1,  2014 Indiana Fishing & Hot Spots at 

 

http://indianainfo.net  along with the Indiana Fishing  

 

http://indianafishing.co website will 

be hosting a mushroom hunting contest.

 

 The contest will be open to all Indiana residents 18  and older.

 

  The object of the contest is to find the biggest Morel Mushroom

 anywhere in Indiana. You don't even have to 

 pick it if  you don't want to. Here's how it works.

 

1. Take a photo of the morel mushroom with a tape measure or ruler

 beside it. 

Not behind it. Mushroom and ruler must be easy to see in the photo.

 

No blurry images or pictures from last year will be accepted. 

Gray's, blacks, and the yellow sponge mushrooms will be accepted.

 

3.  The contest, or sweepstakes is open to all Indiana residents currently

living in the Hoosier state over 18 years old. The contest is free to enter,

 but you must first find a morel mushroom to be eligible for prizes.

 

4.  All photo's must be of mushrooms found in Indiana

5.  The contest will end on May 31, 2014. Photo's can be submitted up until then. 

6.  Photo's can be posted in our message forums at:

 http://www.indianainfo.net/indianafishing/index.php?board=35.0  

 

Photo's can also be mailed to me at:

 

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

or US Postal Mail at:

 

 Indiana Fishing & Hot  Spots        19 Pleasant Drive 

   Martinsville, Indiana     46151 

 

 We will go through all of the entries at that time to determine a winner. 

 Any tie's or disputes and myself and staff will decide. 

We will also be giving out a Booby prize for the smallest mushroom found. 

We also have lot's of mushrooms found in between the big one, and the

 smallest one, so we will have a prize for that also for best photo. 

 I'll be getting a prize list together in the next few days.  

 

 Any questions you can email me at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Again, this contest is open, and free, to all

 Indiana residents  

 

Good luck have fun !  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indiana Fishing Regulations

 

 for 2014-2015

 

                           Indiana Fishing Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
                                      No new reports April 18, 19, 20,  2014

This page was last updated on APR 17 2014 03:49 P.M.

St. Joseph River

For more information about the lake please click on the lake name above.

Description:
The St. Joe River and its tributaries drain approximately 2,600 square miles in southwestern Michigan and 1,685 square miles in northern Indiana. Located primarily in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties, the river is home to thirty-six species of fish, as of a 1989 DNR survey.Angling opportunities are available for a number of sport fish including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, rock bass, walleye and bluegill. The lower 13 miles of the river from the state line upstream to the Twin Branch Dam also provides steelhead and salmon fishing.

Rainbow or steelhead trout

Description:
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. Rainbow or steelhead trout have a white mouth, teeth and gums and small black spots on their backs, sides, and caudal and dorsal fins. The caudal fin margin of the rainbow or steelhead trout is square and the fish has 9-12 anal fin rays.

Bait: spawn, night crawlers, flys
Depth: At the dams, or shallow gravel flats

Comments about fish:

The steelhead continue to move into Indiana waters of the St. Joe River. As of April 16th, 6,224 spring steelhead have been counted moving past the South Bend Fish Ladder. Combined with the steelhead that moved into the river last fall, the total steelhead count is up to 13,592 fish. The South Bend fish ladder is passing an average of 323 fish per day. Fishing has been good and the spawn is just getting ready to begin. The combined fall and spring steelhead count is the second largest migration since 1999 when 19,655 steelhead were counted moving past South Bend. So get in on some of this steelhead action anglers because, it doesn't get much better that this!

 

Comments about body of water:

River water levels are still dropping and are almost ideal for spring spawning. The river is fishable by both boat and shore fishermen. River water temperature is 50 degrees. The fishing hotline will now be updated weekly until the spring steelhead migration is over. Thank you for your interest in the St. Joe River Trout and Salmon program.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 17 2014 02:32 P.M.

Lake Michigan

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Description:
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Coho salmon

Description:
Members of the pacific salmon family, the chinook or king salmon and the coho salmon can be found in Lake Michigan and its tributaries in northern Indiana. Pacific salmons do not feed during spawning, but will strike a lure during their runs. Cohos will spawn in the fall in their third year of life and die, while chinooks will spawn in the fall, winter or spring in the fifth year of life, allowing them to grow larger. The teeth of the coho salmon are set in light color gums. The coho salmon has black spots on the upper lobe of a slightly forked caudal fin with 12-15 anal fin rays.

Bait: Bodybaits, Dodger & Fly (D/F) combos
Depth: Shallow: Top 14' of water column

Comments about fish:

Very little fishing activity has taken place this past week as strong winds have made the southern end of LM dangerous for boat anglers. EC Marina: Reported limits of coho caught along the Wall in water depths ranging from 28-34 FOW & over at Gary’s Light. Top producing lures include bodybaits & D/F combos fished within the top 14' of the water column. Portage boat anglers have done well just outside the “ditch” & over to the Port of IN in water depths up to 38 FOW. Again, bodybaits fished 8-12' down proved successful. Finally, MC boat anglers were catching limits outside the mouth in water depths ranging from 28-50 FOW. Cohos have been taken on bodybaits & D/F combos fished 10-15' down.

Rainbow or steelhead trout

Description:
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. Rainbow or steelhead trout have a white mouth, teeth and gums and small black spots on their backs, sides, and caudal and dorsal fins. The caudal fin margin of the rainbow or steelhead trout is square and the fish has 9-12 anal fin rays.

Bait: Spawn sacs, small pieces of shrimp, microjigs tipped with a waxworm or two
Depth: Deepest & slowest holes

Comments about fish:

Anglers fishing Indiana’s tribs to LM are reporting decent action for STT. Best action is occurring in the middle/upper reaches of both Trail & Salt Creek’s. Continue to drift spawn bags, small pieces of shrimp or microjigs tipped with a waxworm or two through the deepest holes & runs. As days start to warm up, try the shallower, tailouts of pools as they warm up quicker than the deeper holes.

Yellow perch

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The yellow perch ranges from 6 to 12 inches long and up to one or two pounds.

Bait: Minnows
Depth: Up to 47 FOW

Comments about fish:

Over the past weekend, boat anglers were catching jumbo sized YP near Gary’s Light in water depths to 47 FOW. Minnows fished near the bottom proved successful.

 

Comments about body of water:

As of 4/17/14, water temp in the harbor of MC was 45° F with visibilities > 18". Trail Cr was 48° F with good visibility. Just a reminder to all anglers that a portion of Trail Cr & the E Br Little Cal will be closed to fishing from April 1-June 15. The closed season applies to: The E Br Little Cal in Porter Co from US 12 upstream to US 20 & Trail Cr in LaPorte Co from the Franklin Street Bridge upstream to US 35. Personnel with Mixsawbah SFH recently completed stockings of rainbow trout. Trail Cr received a total of 61,186 while the E Br was stocked with 61,222 smolts. They averaged 7.2" in length. Personnel with Bodine SFH recently completed brown trout stockings in Trail Cr at the Trail Cr Marina. On April 8th, 48,302 browns averaging 3.1" were stocked.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 17 2014 10:18 A.M.

Greene-Sullivan State Forest lakes

For more information about the lake please click on the lake name above.

Description:
Greene-Sullivan State Forest is composed of 8,000 acres of reclaimed surface mined land that includes the planting of several different species of trees that are managed for wildlife and timber production. The forest has more than 100 fishing lakes which have produced some record catches. Facilities include an archery range, boat launch ramp, camping, horseman's camp, dumping station, fishing and hunting, picnicking, trails and hiking.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: bee moths, small jigs, crickets
Depth: 1-12 ft.

Comments about fish:

Bluegill fishing is dependent upon the weather fronts. Lighter tackle will have the best results. Using light lines seems to work best. Hearing good reports of bulegill fishing at Wampler Lake this past week, using bee moths and night crawlers.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: nightcrawlers, stink bait, livers
Depth: lake bottom 6-11ft.

Comments about fish:

Try Wampler, Graveyard, West, Reservoir 26, and Bass lakes.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: rubber worms, Slug-go, crank baits, and spinner baits
Depth: 3-12 feet

Comments about fish:

Best times to catch bass are mornings and evenings. Reports of catching some nice bass, using top of water baits.

Muskellunge

Description:
Members of the Pike family, the muskellunge, tiger muskellunge and northern pike have established themselves as remarkable adversaries through the years. The muskie, native to Indiana, is now usually found in stocked bodies of water. The northern pike, a voracious eater and popular among anglers, can be found in northern Indiana in natural lakes and streams. The muskie has three distinct color patterns, including green to silver "clear" sides, dark spots or dark vertical bars, six or more sensory pores on each side and scales covering only the top half of both cheeks. The muskie can weigh 10-20 pounds, but can reach weights over 30 pounds and lengths up to four feet long. Lures up to 12 inches are designed to resemble medium-sized fish and even small ducks.

Bait: minnow imitation crankbaits
Depth: deep to bottom

Comments about fish:

Please let us know if you catch any muskie! We'd love to hear about it! Report of 45 inch muskie was caught and released recently at bass lake, possible "Fish of the Year" in spring 2011. Hydroacoustic map for Bass lake, http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-Bass_Lake_

Dugger_Unit_Bathymetry_Sullivan_County_c_March_2012.pdf

Rainbow or steelhead trout

Description:
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. Rainbow or steelhead trout have a white mouth, teeth and gums and small black spots on their backs, sides, and caudal and dorsal fins. The caudal fin margin of the rainbow or steelhead trout is square and the fish has 9-12 anal fin rays.

Bait: Artificial lures, power bait
Depth: 15 - 40 ft

Comments about fish:

Airline Lake is closed from March 15th through March 31st. Reopens for fishing on April 1st. Fish deep for best results.

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: minnows, small jigs
Depth: 3 - 12 ft

Comments about fish:

Crappie can be found around submerged structures. Reservior #26 has good reports for Crappie fishing this past few weeks.

 

Comments about body of water:

Water has been turned back on in all campgrounds. Fish cleaning station is OPEN. WELCOME SPRING 2014 Permits are available. Prices are: Annual Entrance Permit $40, Annual Non-Residence Entrance Permit $60.00, Golden Hoosier Annual Entrance Permit $20.00, Annual Horse Tag $20.00, Motorized Lake Permit $22.00, Non-Motorized Lake Permit $5.00. Please continue to help us keep the lakes clean of litter! Effective January 1, 2013 year round camp ground fees will be: Family Camp Grounds $10.70; Horse Campground $13.91, these prices include sales tax. Our office now accepts VISA, MASTERCARD, AND DISCOVER.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 17 2014 12:20 P.M.

Cagles Mill Lake, Cataract Lake

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Description:
A 1,400-acre flood-control reservoir located in Putnam and Owen counties off I-70, Cagles Mill Lake is a popular spot for walleye fishing. Halfway between Terre Haute and Indianapolis, this reservoir charges a small fee, but outboard motors are permitted.

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: night crawlers, large minnows
Depth: off bottom

Comments about fish:

few reports catching walleye in deep water and off the bottom. legal size and above. anglers are catching walleyes while fishing for crappies with large minnows

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: minnows/jigs
Depth: 8-10ft

Comments about fish:

Crappie. Depths vary, mostly jigs being used and minnows.Only small crappies have been reported. Small minnows seem to attract both large and small crappie. Bright colored jigs seem to be the color of choice and slow movement of jigs

 

Comments about body of water:

Lake level 656.9 lake very muddy. Cunot and main ramp closed due to high water.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 04:09 P.M.

Potato Creek State Park

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Description:
Potato Creek is located in north central Indiana about 12 miles southwest of South Bend. The park features a wide array of activities and facilities for year-round enjoyment. A variety of natural habitats await the visitor to this park including the 327-acre Worster Lake, old fields, mature woodlands, restored prairies and diverse wetlands. Each of these offer their own unique opportunities for plant and wildlife observations. Facilities include a general store, cross country skiing, cultural arts programs, a dumping station and fishing . In addition, the property offers hiking, interpretive center and services, picnicking, canoe, paddleboat and rowboat rentals, recreation building rental, reservable shelters, youth tent areas, and a swimming beach.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: redworms & waxworms
Depth: 10'

Comments about fish:

See Worster Lake at Potato Creek for weekly updates.

 

Comments about body of water:

Potato Creek State Park: Worster Lake 327 acre lake. Limited to electric motors only. Two boat launches (east and west) Launches are currently algea covered and slippery. Note launches have been treated to diminish the algea build-up

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 04:10 P.M.

Worster Lake at Potato Creek State Park

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Description:
Potato Creek is located in north central Indiana about 12 miles southwest of South Bend. The park features a wide array of activities and facilities for year-round enjoyment. A variety of natural habitats await the visitor to this park including the 327-acre Worster Lake, old fields, mature woodlands, restored prairies and diverse wetlands. Each of these offer their own unique opportunities for plant and wildlife observations. Facilities include a general store, cross country skiing, cultural arts programs, a dumping station and fishing . In addition, the property offers hiking, interpretive center and services, picnicking, canoe, paddleboat and rowboat rentals, recreation building rental, reservable shelters, youth tent areas, and a swimming beach.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: redworms, crawlers, minnows
Depth: shallow to 15'

Comments about fish:

Catching perch, bluegill and crappie on the East end of the lake. Boat launches are clear. The fish cleaning station is not open yet.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: Waxworms, night crawlers
Depth: 4-5'

Comments about fish:

Congregates around vegetation and sunken trees of shallow backwater bays, lakes and ponds. Spewning occurs when water reaches 67-70 degrees in shallow areas over sand and gravel. Nests in colonies and spawn once every 29 days during spring/summer.

 

Comments about body of water:

Potato Creek State Park: Worster Lake 327 acre lake. Limited to electric motors only. Two boat launches (east and west) Launches get algae covered and slippery. Note: launches are treated as needed to diminish the algae build-up.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 09:51 A.M.

Hardy Lake

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Description:
A 741-acre lake, Hardy Lake is located in Scottsburg in Scott County. Facilities include an archery range, basketball and volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, boating ramps, camping, and cultural arts programs. The reservoir also has hunting and fishing, hiking, interpretive programs, picnicking, rowboat rentals, shelterhouses, a swimming beach and waterskiing.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: Live Minnows
Depth: 10- 15 feet

Comments about fish:

Action picking up at we continue the warming trend.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: Crickets
Depth: Deep 

Comments about fish:

Spawning season is just around the corner. Start looking for bedding in shallows.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: Stink bait & Night Crawlers
Depth: bottom

Comments about fish:

Catfish are being caught at night on the bottom and near shore close to the rocks. As warming continues action will pick up.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: Artificial bait of choice
Depth: Varied

Comments about fish:

Bass spawning is just around the corner.

Muskellunge

Description:
Members of the Pike family, the muskellunge, tiger muskellunge and northern pike have established themselves as remarkable adversaries through the years. The muskie, native to Indiana, is now usually found in stocked bodies of water. The northern pike, a voracious eater and popular among anglers, can be found in northern Indiana in natural lakes and streams. The muskie has three distinct color patterns, including green to silver "clear" sides, dark spots or dark vertical bars, six or more sensory pores on each side and scales covering only the top half of both cheeks. The muskie can weigh 10-20 pounds, but can reach weights over 30 pounds and lengths up to four feet long. Lures up to 12 inches are designed to resemble medium-sized fish and even small ducks.

Bait: Crank Bait
Depth: 10' to 15'

Comments about fish:

Poor but when one is caught it is usually a large fish, well over the minimum size limit of 36 inches.

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: Redworms
Depth: bottom

Comments about fish:

Just like bluegill, spawning season is just around the corner. Begin looking for beds in the shallows but fish the drop-offs near structure.

Striped bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The striped bass has tooth patches on back of tongue in two parallel patches, first stripe below lateral line complete to tail, stripes above lateral line are unbroken.

Bait: Artificial Bait or Large Minnows
Depth: Trolling

Comments about fish:

Activity is steady with small ones being caught.

 

Comments about body of water:


 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 02:02 P.M.

Summit Lake

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Description:
Located in Summit Lake State Park, Summit Lake is approximately four miles north of New Castle. Bluegill, perch and largemouth bass provide the best angling opportunities at Summit Lake. Other opportunities also exist for perch, bluegill, crappie, redear and channel catfish.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: small jigs or minnows
Depth: 3-10 feet

Comments about fish:

Crappie can be caught in the shallows in the early spring. Look for the warmest water, usually in the back of the bays especially around limbs and trees in the water.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: maggots, wax worms
Depth: 3-10 feet

Comments about fish:

Bluegill will be in the shallows in early spring.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: live bait as well as slowly fished bass lures
Depth: 5-20 feet

Comments about fish:

Catfish are more active in the late spring and summer when the water warms above 65F.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: jigging minnows and spoons
Depth: 5-20 feet

Comments about fish:

Bass fishermen have been targeting bass back in the bays. Some good catches have been reported.

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: maggots, wax worms
Depth: 4-20

Comments about fish:

The population is low.

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: Jigs with plastic tails, minnows, nightcrawlers
Depth: 6-30 feet

Comments about fish:

Walleye tend to feed more in low-light conditions.

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: small light colored jigs and in-line spinners
Depth: 5-20 feet

Comments about fish:

There are big schools that average 10-12 inches.

Yellow perch

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The yellow perch ranges from 6 to 12 inches long and up to one or two pounds.

Bait: small jigs and live bait
Depth: 5-30

Comments about fish:

Perch are active in early spring and can be fairly shallow

 

Comments about body of water:

Fishing has picked up with the spring rains and warmer weather. The office is open daily from 8-4: 765-766-5873. 2014 park passes and boat launch permits can be purchases at the park office and make great gifts. Water has been turned on in Campground A. Camp reservations: www.camp.in.gov or 866-622-6746. There will be and Easter egg hunt Saturday, 4-19-14. Call for details.

 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 09:57 A.M.

Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon Lake)

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Description:

Blue catfish

Description:
Like other catfish, the blue catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the blue taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The blue catfish has 30-35 anal fin rays, its anal fin margin is straight and the caudal fin is deeply forked.

Bait: Worms 
Depth: Bottom

Comments about fish:

Worms seem to be the most productive bait here at Cecil M. Harden Lake. The South end of the beach, off of the South point is one of the more productive areas in the lake for catfishes. If success is limited you may try an alterative bait such as a commerical blood bait, or some tainted chicken livers.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: Various Crank Baits
Depth: Varies

Comments about fish:

Often called on of the finest fresh-water game fish of Indiana. The largemouth Bass often feeds upon crayfish and other smaller fish. Spawning season is just around the corner.

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: Jiggs or bee moths
Depth: Shallow Water

Comments about fish:

Also know as the "Shellcracker" grows to a length of about 7" in Cecil M. Harden Lake. This fish is a transplant from the Mississippi basin from Illinois south, and is most abundant in the south where it grows to near 10 inches.

Striped bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The striped bass has tooth patches on back of tongue in two parallel patches, first stripe below lateral line complete to tail, stripes above lateral line are unbroken.

Bait: Various Crank Baits
Depth: Below 15'

Comments about fish:

Striped bass were introduced to Cecil M. Harden Lake in 1995 as a means to control a exploding Gizzard Shad population. Striped bass seem to be one of the more popular sporting fishes as they will fight aggressively to get off of an angler's line. As the summer temperatures sky rocket the Striped bass will typically seek out the deeper, cooler waters. Fishing Hint: try fishing straight out off of points into deep channels. Raccoon has the Indiana State record for Striped Bass @ 39.08 lbs (caught in 2010).

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: Various Crank Baits
Depth: Varies

Comments about fish:

Walleye is not commonly fished for at Cecil M. Harden Lake. Although Walleye are no longer stocked at the lake, biologist netted walleye that have naturally reproduced.

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: Jiggs or minnows
Depth: Varies

Comments about fish:

White bass are often over looked at Cecil M. Harden as a sporting opportunity. In the spring and fall of each year White bass can be found in the upper Big Raccoon Creek entering the lake at Portland Mills. White bass will also school with the crappie throughout the entire lake.

 

Comments about body of water:

Current lake level is 65.56(summer pool is 62.00 and winter pool is 640.00). The main Raccoon boat launching ramp remains open; All OUTLYING BOAT RAMPS ARE CLOSED.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 09:45 A.M.

Roush Lake

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Description:
Roush Lake is a 870-acre Lake located in Huntington, Ind. The reservoir has many facilities including an archery range, basketball courts, volleyball courts, mountain bike trails, boating ramps, camping, cultural arts programs, fishing, hunting and hiking.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: Minnows / Cut-Bait
Depth: 5 - 10 ft

Comments about fish:

Some body needs to update this fishing report!

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: Spinners
Depth: Surface to 10 feet.

Comments about fish:

Some body needs to update this fishing report!

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: Minnows
Depth: 10 ft

Comments about fish:

Some body needs to update this fishing report!

 

Comments about body of water:

As of today the lake level has been fluctuating due to heavy spring rains so the water is stained and still going down. Once the water level stabilizes crappie should be biting in the main lake. Bluegill and redear should be biting in the impoundments as the water begins to warm. Walleye should be moving up the river below the dam and can sometimes be caught using curly tail grubs of various colors or live bait. During years with normal precipitation the main lake should be at summer pool by May 15. Before that time it may be difficult to launch boats at our main ramp.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 09:48 A.M.

Mississinewa Lake

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Description:
Located in Miami, Wabash and Grant counties, Mississinewa Lake is a 3,210-acre ake with fishing, boating, ramps, waterskiing, fishing piers and cleaning stations, and a swimming beach. The facilities also has a basketball and volleyball court, camping with reservations, a cultural arts program, dumping station, frisbee golf course, hiking, hunting, interpretive programs, picnicking, shelterhouses, playgrounds and a radio-control flying field.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: minnow and jigs
Depth: varies

Comments about fish:

Fishing fair at this time. small population.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: worms and bee moths
Depth: varies

Comments about fish:

Fish around exposed wood and next to rocky ledges. Fishing fair.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: spinner baits/suspended crank baits
Depth: Varies

Comments about fish:

Fishing fair. Reports of large populations of bass in lake.

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: minnows, shad imitations
Depth: varies

Comments about fish:

best late evening and night in lake.

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: jigs and small spinners / minnows
Depth: varies

Comments about fish:

In lake points and breaks. River best after water clears. Most stripers are caught by trolling edges. Fishing fair at this time.

 

Comments about body of water:

CALL OFFICE FOR LAKE CONDITIONS!!! "IMPORTANT NEW INFO":Motorized Lake Permit stickers now $22.00 / permit. Call 765-473-6528 for additional information on lake conditions.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 15 2014 02:57 P.M.

Brookville Reservoir

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Description:
Brookville Reservoir is a 5,260 acre flood control impoundment on the East Fork of the Whitewater River in eastern Indiana. Fishing opportunities are available for walleye and muskie.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: bee larvae, crickets
Depth: 5- 20 feet

Comments about fish:

in coves around stick-ups,

Brown trout

Description:
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. The brown trout has a white mouth, teeth and gums and some orange or red spots on its sides. This trout also has some spots enriched with light blue and a caudal fin margin that is square with no spots on the upper or lower lobe.

Bait: flys, worms, salmon eggs
Depth: 1-5

Comments about fish:

3000 8-9 inch brown trout were stocked in the tailwater on 5/24/12

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: nightcrawlers, chicken liver
Depth: 4-20 feet

Comments about fish:

best at night, catching them almost everywhere

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: crankbaits
Depth: 5- 20 feet

Comments about fish:

along shoreline, and on deep points

Muskellunge

Description:
Members of the Pike family, the muskellunge, tiger muskellunge and northern pike have established themselves as remarkable adversaries through the years. The muskie, native to Indiana, is now usually found in stocked bodies of water. The northern pike, a voracious eater and popular among anglers, can be found in northern Indiana in natural lakes and streams. The muskie has three distinct color patterns, including green to silver "clear" sides, dark spots or dark vertical bars, six or more sensory pores on each side and scales covering only the top half of both cheeks. The muskie can weigh 10-20 pounds, but can reach weights over 30 pounds and lengths up to four feet long. Lures up to 12 inches are designed to resemble medium-sized fish and even small ducks.

Bait: large spoons, large crankbaits, live shad
Depth: shallow in spring, deeper during summer

Comments about fish:

a 42 inch musky was caught in Templeton Creek in July

Rainbow or steelhead trout

Description:
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. Rainbow or steelhead trout have a white mouth, teeth and gums and small black spots on their backs, sides, and caudal and dorsal fins. The caudal fin margin of the rainbow or steelhead trout is square and the fish has 9-12 anal fin rays.

Bait: flys, worms, salmon eggs
Depth: 1-5

Comments about fish:

1,500 10.8 inch average size rainbow trout were stocked in the tailwater the week before the last Saturday in April

Smallmouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The last rays on the dorsal fin of the smallmouth bass are separated from the rest of the fin. Also, the upper jaw does not extend beyond back of eye, as it does with the largemouth bass. The smallmouth bass commonly reaches 3-4 pounds.

Bait: nightcrawlers, soft craws
Depth: 10- 20

Comments about fish:

on rocky points and drop offs at coves

Striped bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The striped bass has tooth patches on back of tongue in two parallel patches, first stripe below lateral line complete to tail, stripes above lateral line are unbroken.

Bait: bluegill or shad still fishing or trolling large doll flys
Depth: 20 feet still fishing or 10 - 20 feet trolling

Comments about fish:

trolling shad-like crankbaits some reports of large striped bass being taken

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: night crawlers drifting on the bottom
Depth: 6 - 45 feet

Comments about fish:

catching them off of points with steep drop offs stocked fingerling walleye on 5/23/12

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: white twister tails
Depth: 5 to 20 feet 

Comments about fish:

Catching white bass at the Fairfield Flat Area Report of two guys catching over 100 in a three hour period

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: minnows or jigs
Depth: 5 to 20 feet

Comments about fish:

white crappie are around stick-ups in coves and along shore

 

Comments about body of water:

The lake level today is 747.7. Water temperature still remains very cold 43F. Fisheries survey said that the most numerous fish in the lake is the channel catfish , second most is bluegill.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 15 2014 03:05 P.M.

Whitewater Memorial State Park lakes

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Description:
Located in Union County, Whitewater Memorial State Park has two lakes including Whitewater Lake and nearby Brookville Lake. Facilities include a boat launch ramp, motor boats (electric trolling only) camping with reservations, horseman's camp, cultural arts programs, a dumping station, fishing, hiking, seasonal interpretive services, picnicking, canoe, paddleboat and rowboat rentals, reservable shelters, youth tent areas and a swimming beach.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: minnows, jigs
Depth: 5 - 12 feet

Comments about fish:

around stumps and down trees

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: red worms, bee larvae, crickets
Depth: 2 - 20 feet

Comments about fish:

use crickets or bee larvae

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: spinner baits, crankbaits
Depth: 2 - 15 feet

Comments about fish:

practice catch and release to help the fishery

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: red worms
Depth: 2 - 12 feet

Comments about fish:

Like shallow mud bottom

 

Comments about body of water:

Water temperature still very cold, 44F Lake clear

 

This page was last updated on APR 15 2014 12:24 P.M.

Willow Slough FWA lakes and ponds

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Description:
Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 9,956 acres, which includes 1,800 acres of open water, marshes and flooded crop land. In addition to fishing at J.C. Murphey Lake and numerous ponds, the property also offers hunting, wildlife watching, camping, wetland trapping, and dog training areas. Wild blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, walnuts and spring and fall mushroom gathering is available.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: jigs/small spinners/ live bait
Depth: 2 to 5 feet

Comments about fish:

Anglers are reporting catching only a few crappie here and there. Jigs, spinners, and live bait are often used. Crappie are often found in open water structure and around open water vegetation.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: beemoths, crickets, worms
Depth: N/A

Comments about fish:

Bluegill fishing has been slow since the ice disappeared. Not many limits being taken. Most anglers favor early morning or late evening. More anglers are fishing the standing vegitation structure and open water.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: variety of lures
Depth: N/A

Comments about fish:

Bass fishing has been good. Most guys fishing bass are reporting catching a lot of bass. Many bass being caught are in the 13 - 17 inch size class, under the legal size limit of 18".

 

Comments about body of water:

JC Murphey Lake is now entirely open water. A few anglers are starting to bring out boats but no reports on good fishing yet. The lake level is 4" above normal pool. The surface water temperature is 53°currently. No sign of extensive fish kill is evident after our long winter season. DISPOSE OF ANY UNUSED LIVE BAIT ON THE BANK, NOT IN THE WATER.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 14 2014 01:41 P.M.

Atterbury FWA lakes,

 

 ponds and rivers

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Description:
Atterbury FWA is located near Edinburgh in Johnson and Bartholomew counties. Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 6,206 acres of upland game habitat, marsh, running creeks and shallow impoundments. The area provides opportunities for fishing at Sugar Creek, Stone Arch and Pisgah Lakes and other small ponds. Other opportunities for hunting, wildlife watching, wetland trapping, dog training, areas and blackberries, raspberries, morels and walnut gathering are also available.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: live
Depth: shallow

Comments about fish:

Try red worms on the on the bottom.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: live
Depth: deep

Comments about fish:

No report

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: artificial
Depth: shallow

Comments about fish:

Try jigs worked slow close to the bottom.

Smallmouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The last rays on the dorsal fin of the smallmouth bass are separated from the rest of the fin. Also, the upper jaw does not extend beyond back of eye, as it does with the largemouth bass. The smallmouth bass commonly reaches 3-4 pounds.

Bait: artificial
Depth: shallow

Comments about fish:

Sugar Creeks water level is up, and the water clarity is poor.

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: live/artificial
Depth: deep

Comments about fish:

Try minnows close to woody cover.

 

Comments about body of water:

Coyote Marsh and Honker Haven are open to fishing. They are not part of the Waterfowl Resting Area at this time. Coyote Marsh and Honker Haven will remain open to fishing until the waterfowl resting area signs are put back up by property personel. Teal Marsh, Mallard Marsh, Mink Medow, Possum Puddle, Gopher Hole, and Beaver Bottom are open to fishing. Pisgah Lake and Stone Arch Lake are open to fishing all year long.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 14 2014 12:15 P.M.

Steuben County lakes

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Description:

 


Fish

Comments about body of water:

All the lakes in Steuben County have lost ice. Fishing has been great and I will be updating the fishing page this week.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 14 2014 01:08 P.M.

Chain O'Lakes State Park lakes

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Description:
Eight connecting lakes are the center of adventures at Chain O' Lakes in Noble County. Activities include a boating launch ramp, cabins, camping with reservations as well as a canoe camp and camp store, cross country skiing, cultural arts programs and a dumping station. Fishing, hiking, an interpretive center and seasonal interpretive services, picnicking, canoe, paddleboat and rowboat rental, reservable shelters, a swimming beach and youth tent areas are also available.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: leaf worms
Depth: 3-5 feet

Comments about fish:

Best crappie fishing is at night.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: redworms, crickets
Depth: 7-11 inches

Comments about fish:

N/A

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: hot dogs, blood bait
Depth: deep

Comments about fish:

N/A

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: crawlers, jigs, plow jockeys, floating rapalas and other artificial bait
Depth: 8 feet

Comments about fish:

Fish close to dead logs for best bass fishing areas.

Rainbow or steelhead trout

Description:
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. Rainbow or steelhead trout have a white mouth, teeth and gums and small black spots on their backs, sides, and caudal and dorsal fins. The caudal fin margin of the rainbow or steelhead trout is square and the fish has 9-12 anal fin rays.

Bait: Minnows
Depth: 5 - 20 feet deep

Comments about fish:

Fish deeper during daylight hours.

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: crawlers, red worms
Depth: 3-5 feet

Comments about fish:

Fish deeper when encountering deeper lake depth.

 

Comments about body of water:

THE ICE IS OFF OF THE LAKES AND SPRING FISHING HAS BEGUN! We want to hear your fish story! Find us on Facebook and Please post your fishing photos! https://www.facebook.com/chainolakessp?ref=hl

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 09 2014 11:07 A.M.

Hovey Lake

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Description:
Hovey Lake is an oxbow lake form around 500 years ago by the Ohio River. The lake is located in Hovey Lake FWA, 8.3 miles south of Mt. Vernon on SR 69. Excellent fishing opportunities exist for white crappie and channel catfish. Other species include bluegill, freshwater drum, blue catfish, redear sunfish, sauger, common carp, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, black crappie and white bass.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: minnows, night crawlers
Depth: about 1' off bottom

Comments about fish:

Cut bait or nightcrawlers work well. Don't let the bait lay on bottom. Other catfish species such as large blue and flatheads can be caught.

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: minnows, tube jigs
Depth: 3-6'

Comments about fish:

Fish tend to be scattered, mobilty is key to finding fish. Fisheries surveys are showing the larger crappie are suspending in the open lake away from the timber.

 

Comments about body of water:

The rivers and lake are rapidly rising and the Ohio river is expected to creast later this week at 43 ft and than begin falling over the next couple of weeks. Fishing off the edge of Hwy 69 can prove productive in the fields north of the lake. Fishing generaly poor when water is falling.

 

This page was last updated on APR 09 2014 09:28 A.M.

Salamonie Reservoir

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Description:
Salamonie Reservoir is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) flood control project on the Salamonie River to control flood waters in the Wabash River. During summer months, the reservoir is maintained at about 2,665 acres. A majority of anglers target white crappie on the Salamonie Reservoir. However, anglers will find channel catfish and white bass are quite abundant. The tailwaters downstream of the dam provide excellent walleye fishing, especially during spring. These fish most likely come from the reservoir during fall drawdown.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: Marabou jigs, flies, bee moths, worms
Depth: Shallows near the bank <7 feet

Comments about fish:

Public property ponds on Salamonie Reservoir property provide good fishing opportunity for panfish such as bluegill, redear sunfish, and largemouth bass. Hominy Ridge Lake in the Salamonie River State Forest provides good opportunity for bluegill, redear sunfish, and largemouth bass. Bluegill and largemouth bass can also be caught infrequently in the Salamonie Reservoir. Anglers will need to obtain a motorized or non-motorized lake permit to fish from a boat on the Salamonie public property ponds and Hominy Ridge Lake. Special fishing regulations apply and are posted at sign-in stations throughout the property.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: Frozen chubs, night crawlers, chicken livers, and cut shad
Depth: In reservoir on bottom (10-20 feet), holes in river

Comments about fish:

When the Salamonie Reservoir is at summer pool, good fishing for catfish can be found near the shoreline near the Pirates Cove Marina during summer. During fall draw down, anglers have had success for blue and channel catfish in deeper water off of the Lost Bridge West Campground point. Many anglers walk down the Lost Bridge West Boat Ramp and along the shoreline to their fishing spots. Catfish anglers can also be successful in other coves and fingers of the lake. The Salamonie River upstream of the lake is a good fishery for channel catfish. Anglers are more successful in stretches of the river that are slow and deep.

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: Jigs with night crawler or minnow, shad rap and medium sized spinners.
Depth: Deeper holes in the tailwater

Comments about fish:

Walleye can be caught in the tailwater all year long. Walleye are rarely caught in the Salamonie Reservoir. Walleye fishing is especially good in the tailwater during spring and fall. In the spring, anglers like to fish right downstream of the dam in the deep holes. This area is difficult to fish when the discharge is above 900 CFS due to fast current and high water. There are many snags near the outflow pipe if the water is high. Current tailwater flows can be obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website. The confluence of the Salamonie River and the Wabash river, along with deep holes in the Salamonie River along the Salamonie River State Forest offer good walleye fishing from spring to fall. DNR personnel stock walleye fingerlings into Salamonie Reservoir each year.

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: Jigs with minnows (most effective), spinners, twister-tail jigs, and bee moths
Depth: Throughout

Comments about fish:

White bass fishing is sporadic in the lake. Fishing for white bass can be good at certain times. Populations often fluctuate due to flood events and cyclic shad populations. White bass fishing is good in the tailwater throughout the warmer months. White bass fishing is good in the Salamonie River just upstream of the Reservoir in the spring.

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: Minnows, worms, or bee moths on tube jigs and on bee moths or spikes on teardrop jigs (icefishing)
Depth: Usually shallower than 10 feet

Comments about fish:

Salamonie Reservoir offers excellent crappie fishing throughout the year. Good fishing success is found throughout the lake for boat anglers. Anglers in boats will find good crappie fishing throughout the lake near fish attractors, off points, and wooded inlets. The marina cove, the SR105 causeway, Majenica Creek bridge, county road 750 east, the Dora cul-de-sac, and CR 680 east are all good bank-fishing spots on the reservoir. Ice fishing is excellent for crappie from late December to late February. During this time of year fish are concentrated in the lowered lake. The SR 105 causeway, Dora-New Holland, and the beach are popular ice fishing spots. There are several fish attractors installed for fishermen at various locations throughout the lake (map available at the Visitor Center).

 

Comments about body of water:

Lake levels fluctuate widely during February, March, and April and water is frequently turbid with free-floating driftwood at times. Water clarity is the best from July to October. Current tailwater flows and reservoir levels can be obtained from the US Army Corps of Engineers (www.lrl.usace.army.mil/sal/). Shallow water markers are taken out of the water during late fall. Dora ramp is the only ramp that can provide boat access through December when the reservoir is at winter pool. Though ice fishing can be hazardous due to fluctuating water levels and sloped ice, it usually provides good action for white crappie. For up-to-date fishing information, fishermen can also contact: Peacepipe Bait & Tackle: 260-468-2768, Bozarth’s Campstore: 765-981-4522, D&J Corner Mart: 260-468-2460

 

This page was last updated on APR 08 2014 02:10 P.M.

Ohio River at Falls of the Ohio State Park

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Description:
Located on the banks of the Ohio River, Falls of the Ohio features a spectacular interpretive center over-looking fossil beds. The 386-million-year-old fossil beds are among the largest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. Facilities at the park include a boat launch ramp onto the Ohio River, a cultural arts program, education programs, hiking trails, picnicking, fishing, and an interpretive center.

Blue catfish

Description:
Like other catfish, the blue catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the blue taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The blue catfish has 30-35 anal fin rays, its anal fin margin is straight and the caudal fin is deeply forked.

Bait: cut bait
Depth: bottom

Comments about fish:

Catfishing is always popular at the Falls. Cut baits on bottom work well, Evening hours are best. River levels very high now.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: cut bait
Depth: bottom

Comments about fish:

Channels get large here at the Falls. Fish late with cut baits, or 'stink' baits.

Hybrid striped bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The hybrid striped bass has two tooth patches and the back of the tongue are joined. The first stripe below the lateral line complete to the tail and the stripes above the lateral line are usually broken.

Bait: bait fish or jigs
Depth: depth varies

Comments about fish:

Often caught on jigs or trolling with bait fish, Striped bass sizes continue to grow and make for an exciting catch. Very aggressive and strong they put up quite a fight!

Sauger

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. Sauger have three or four saddle-shaped blotches on their back and sides, as well as a spotted dorsal fin.

Bait: Jigs
Depth: Bottom

Comments about fish:

River level very high currently. Conditions for fishing not good. Levels should drop over next week.

 

Comments about body of water:

Park closes at 11p.m. Night fishing is permitted with the purchase of annual entrance permit and a hang tag that must be displayed in the window at all times. Permits are available at Interpretive Center There is a daily $2.00 daily parking fee. Interpretive Center is open Mon.-Sat. 9-5 & Sun. 1-5. Check out Fallsoftheohio.org for up to the minute river levels, as they can vary daily.

 

This page was last updated on APR 08 2014 08:26 A.M.

Monroe Reservoir Fishing Report

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Description:
Lake Monroe is a 10,750 acre flood control reservoir located in Brown and Monroe counties southeast of Bloomington. It is the largest lake in the state with recreational activities such as boating and fishing. Fishing consists primarily of largemouth bass and panfish, such as bluegill and yellow perch. Other angling opportunities include white crappie, hybrid striped bass and yellow perch, as well as channel and flathead catfish. Lake Monroe has also become one of the best walleye fisheries in Indiana.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: n/a
Depth: n/a

Comments about fish:

No report

Hybrid striped bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The hybrid striped bass has two tooth patches and the back of the tongue are joined. The first stripe below the lateral line complete to the tail and the stripes above the lateral line are usually broken.

Bait: n/a
Depth: n/a

Comments about fish:

no report

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: N/A
Depth: N/A

Comments about fish:

No Reports

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: n/a
Depth: n/a

Comments about fish:

No Reports.

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: n/a
Depth: n/a

Comments about fish:

No report

 

Comments about body of water:

All Ramps except Cutright are open. The high water Ramp is open and we suggest using it. Middle Fork is now open. North Fork Resting Area is closed until April 15th. Pool elevation is 8 feet up and rising. water temp. is @48. Those wishing to report specifics about their fishing experience and help keep Fishing Reports current may do so by calling the Lake Monroe Office at (812) 837-9546.

 

This page was last updated on APR 08 2014 10:24 A.M.

Glendale FWA lakes and ponds. 

 

Dogwood Lake

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Description:
Glendale FWA is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 8,060 acres of land and over 1,400 acres of lakes and impoundments. Located in Daviess County, Glendale FWA has fishing in Dogwood lake and other ponds. The area also has hunting, wildlife watching, camping, wetland trapping, and dog training areas and blackberries, persimmon, hickory nuts, morels and walnut gathering.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: Black and silver jigs w/crappie nibbles, or minnows under bobbers
Depth: 6-10FT.

Comments about fish:

Crappie are just now really getting fired up. Crappie are being caught in 8-10 ft of water with most being found around weed beds and stump clusters.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: Redworms, nightcrawlers, jigs
Depth: 5-10ft

Comments about fish:

Bluegill activity is decent, most bluegill at this time of year are found in the flats of the lake in 6-8ft of water. Some fish will begin to come a bit shallower, but the biggest concentrations will be in the flats.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: Live bait. Worms
Depth: 4' to 10' of water

Comments about fish:

There have been very few anglers fishing for catfish specifically, but some have been taken on live bait and worms. Limb-line and trot-line fishermen are having fair to good success. Trot-Line & Limb-line season on Dogwood Lake started on the first Thursday in April, 2014. 15 permits will be issued per week on a first/come, first/serve basis. Some nice flatheads have been taken on limb-lines using small 'gills as bait. Just remember Live Shad and Carp are NOT legal as bait! DISPOSE OF ANY UNUSED LIVE BAIT ON THE BANK - NOT IN THE WATER!

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: Artificial worms and worm harness
Depth: In 3 to 10 ft. of water

Comments about fish:

Fishing from boats sitting in the channels and casting toward the shoreline just to the edge of the weed beds. Bass are moving into shallow water to feed.

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: Jigs , jigs w/trailing beemoth , redworms, nightcrawlers
Depth: Deep (6-12Ft)

Comments about fish:

Reports have redear being caught with decent consistency in deep water on redworms.

Yellow perch

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The yellow perch ranges from 6 to 12 inches long and up to one or two pounds.

Bait: Redworm, nightcrawlers
Depth: Deep Water

Comments about fish:

Not really anything to report on perch since most fishermen are concentrating on bluegills and redear.

 

Comments about body of water:

Fishing activity has increased with most anglers going after Crappie and Largemouth. Lake is fairly murky due to the past weekends rain event. Lake is 6 Inches ABOVE pool with rain in excess of 4.5 inches beind dumped in the area. NOTE: The HORSEPOWER LIMIT HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM DOGWOOD LAKE. There is a MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT OF 10 MPH IMPOSED on the lake REGARDLESS of motor size!

 

 
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Indiana Mushroom Hunting Contest

 

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Hunt for the Big Indiana Morel Mushroom Contest. 

 

      Beginning April 1,  2014 Indiana Fishing & Hot Spots at 

 

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 The contest will be open to all Indiana residents 18  and older.

 

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1. Take a photo of the morel mushroom with a tape measure or ruler beside it. 

Not behind it. Mushroom and ruler must be easy to see in the photo.

 

No blurry images or pictures from last year will be accepted. 

Gray's, blacks, and the yellow sponge mushrooms will be accepted.

 

3.  The contest, or sweepstakes is open to all Indiana residents currently living in the Hoosier state over 18 years old. The contest is free to enter, but you must first find a morel mushroom to be eligible for prizes.

 

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The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill will participate in Mansfield’s Mushroom Festival on April 26 and 27. 

The mill will be open both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can explore the historic three-story mill, which contains original 1880s milling equipment. 

Visitors also can sign up for a mushroom hunt. Registration is at Fox’s Overlook from 8 to 10 a.m. both days. Check with Fox’s Overlook for registration fees. 

You can buy or sell morels during the mushroom auction both days or attend on Sunday to see the car show. 

The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill is managed by Raccoon State Recreation Area. 

The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill (stateparks.IN.gov/3262.htm) is at 6089 South Mill Road, Mansfield, 47872. 

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Mississinewa River trout stocking under review

DNR officials are considering ending trout stocking in a section of the Mississinewa River in southwest Randolph County unless interest in trout fishing on that stream increases.

The site along State Road 1 at the Randolph County Wildlife Management Area has been stocked with as many as 400 rainbow trout each spring since 2005. The trout are stocked the week before opening day of Indiana’s stream trout season.

Opening day of stream trout season is the last Saturday in April, which this year is April 26.

Although the initial stockings were deemed successful, lack of interest among anglers, poor habitat conditions, and low trout harvest have reduced trout fishing effort and catch in recent years.

DNR officials think the remote location, lack of public awareness, and fluctuating river levels limit angler use. Timing can also be a factor.

“Last year a flash flood occurred the day after the trout were stocked,” said Jed Pearson, DNR fisheries biologist. “We think many of the trout moved out of the area before opening day.”

Pearson said the clarity of the river is also reduced after rains due the amount of silt in the water. This limits the ability of sight-feeding trout to find bait.

The upper reach of the Mississinewa River also has been channelized. As a result, pools and riffles that would typically be present in a natural stream are less available.

Despite these limitations, Pearson said one goal of the stocking program is to provide trout fishing opportunities across the state. Most of Indiana’s 17 trout streams are along the state’s northern boundary.

“By stocking the Mississinewa we hoped to draw fishermen from nearby Muncie, Hartford City, and Portland,” said Pearson. “But that hasn’t happened.”

Even when river conditions were good in 2012, fewer than 10 anglers fished for trout on opening day. Only seven trout were kept.

“If turnout and harvest are low again this year, we may look to find an alternative site somewhere in the area closer to people,” Pearson said.

One option may be to stock the trout in a pond in a park-like setting where access is easier, habitat features are better, and more people live nearby.

“We’re hoping river conditions and trout fishing are better this year,” Pearson said. “If they are, we’ll likely stock it again next year and hope more fishermen take advantage of it.”

Anglers age 18 and older are required to have a fishing license and trout stamp to legally fish for trout. The daily catch limit is five.

The trout stocking site is 1 mile south of the intersection of S.R. 1 and S.R. 28, about 12 miles northeast of Muncie and 5 miles south of Redkey.
 
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Grants available for field trips to state parks and reservoirs

Educators interested in taking students, grades K-12, on field trips to an Indiana state park or reservoir in the 2014-2015 school year can receive financial help through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.

The Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program is for public, private, parochial or home-school educators. In 2013, the program benefited more than 1,400 K-12 students from 16 schools.

“We are proud to be a partner in improving school access to our state’s natural and cultural resources through field trip grants for all types of educators and students across Indiana,” said Bourke Patton, director of INRF.

The fund was established in memory of Tom Huck, a longtime DNR employee who was an ardent supporter of outdoor experiences for children.

Indiana has 24 state parks and eight reservoirs eligible for field trip funding. Field trips to parks and reservoirs engage students in learning about Indiana's fish, forest, wildlife, natural habitats and conservation.

"Field trips to our state parks and reservoirs give children a sense of place,” said Ginger Murphy, assistant director for stewardship for the DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs. “These trips let them understand how previous generations viewed the significance of Indiana's natural and cultural resources, and at the same time let them make great memories that they will carry into adulthood.”

The maximum grant award is $250 per application.

Applications are accepted from May 1 – June 30 prior to the school year for which the grant is requested. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30.

Applicants will be notified by Aug. 1 regarding potential grant awards.

The grant application is at IN.gov/inrf/educate.html.

The INRF is accepting donations to the fund from individuals, businesses or anyone who supports the idea of getting kids outdoors.

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Grants to preserve local history across state

Annual grants to strengthen Indiana’s historical and cultural heritage have been awarded for 11 projects in nine Indiana communities.

The grants total $459,894 in federal funds allotted by the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology. They will be matched by $429,795 in local and private funds, for a total projected investment of $889,689.

These projects have received final federal approval and are to start immediately. The federal funds come from the National Park Service, a part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which distributes federal funds to the states through the Historic Preservation Fund Program. Since 1974, the state has awarded more than $18 million to Indiana communities through this program.

Projects for the 2014 funding cycle are listed below.

Crawfordsville: The Lew Wallace Study Preservation Society received a $30,000 grant to replace a deficient electrical system and install a security system. The General Lew Wallace Study is a National Historic Landmark built in 1895. [Contact: Larry Paarlberg, (765) 362-5769].

Goshen: The Elkhart County Clubhouse received a $50,000 grant to replace the roof, gutters, downspouts, and flashing, and make necessary masonry repairs to the chimneys on the 1890 Dale-Zook House in Goshen. The house is used by the Elkhart County Clubhouse, which provides support for people with mental illnesses. [Contact: Janette Amstutz, (574) 831-6865].

Hancock County: The American Military Heritage Foundation received a $50,000 grant to repair a vintage Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon airplane called “Hot Stuff.” The plane entered military service in 1945 and is now owned by the foundation, whose goal is to keep it air-worthy and use it to educate people about World War II aircraft and aviators. [Contact: Rich Suiter, AMHF, (240) 409-3662].

Indianapolis: The Athenaeum Foundation received a $50,000 grant to rehabilitate the exterior masonry of the Athenaeum building downtown. [Contact: Cassie Stockamp, Athenaeum Foundation, (317) 655-7255 ext. 2].

Indianapolis: The Indianapolis Parks Foundation received a $50,000 grant to stabilize and rehabilitate the former trolley shelter in Garfield Park. The trolley shelter was built in 1904 on the railway turnaround loop along Southern Avenue, and is one of the oldest structures in the Indianapolis Park and Boulevard System historic district. [Contact: Jo Ellen Sharp, Indianapolis Parks Foundation, (317) 251-3261].

Jasper County: Ball State University’s Department of Anthropology received a $49,802 grant to conduct an archaeological survey of 900 acres in Jasper County. [Contact: Chris Keller, Ball State University, (765) 285-5396].

Muncie: The Muncie Civic Theatre received a $50,000 grant to rehabilitate the 1880 Boyce Block building, which houses the theater and its offices, as well as office space, retail space and apartments. The project is the second part of a multi-phase roof replacement and masonry repair plan. [Contact: Chris Griffith, Muncie Civic Theatre, (765) 288-7529 ext. 202].

Muncie: The City of Muncie received a $50,000 grant to stabilize and rehabilitate the 1913 Fire Station No. 1. It now serves as a training facility and a “safe station” for citizens who need shelter and assistance. [Contact: Aron Kidder, City of Muncie, (765) 747-4845].

New Albany: The Piankeshaw Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution received a $20,000 grant to rehabilitate 19 windows in the 1814 Joel Scribner House. The organization is restoring the house as a museum to the time period of Scribner’s residency. [Contact: Laura Renwick, Indiana Landmarks, (812) 284-4534].

Newton County: Ball State University’s Department of Anthropology received a $49,867 grant for an archaeological survey of 900 acres in Newtown County. [Contact: Chris Keller, Ball State University, (765) 285-5396].

Plymouth: The City of Plymouth will receive $10,225 to prepare documents for rehabilitating and improving the 1875 Plymouth Fire Station. It is occupied by the Veterans Therapeutic Art Center, an organization that engages veterans in arts, crafts, mechanics and other activities to reintegrate them into society. [Contact: Sean Surrisi, City of Plymouth, (574) 936-2948].
 
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Join the Indiana Tree Project’s third annual planting, April 29

The public can participate in the Indiana Tree Project’s third annual tree planting on April 29, at Ravinia Woods at Morgan-Monroe State Forest. 

The event starts at 10 a.m. Organizers expect to plant 8,000 to 10,000 trees on 10 to 12 acres, according to Bourke Patton, executive director of the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation (INRF).

The Indiana Tree Project is a joint effort between the INRF, the DNR Forestry Division, and the citizens and businesses of Indiana. The project is dedicated to expanding Indiana’s native hardwood forests by planting 1 million new trees by 2016 to mark the bicentennial anniversary of Indiana statehood. Read more.

Almost 1,400 acres to open Friday in Healthy Rivers INitiative conservation areas

Beginning Friday, almost 1,400 new acres will be open to the public in two project areas of the DNR’s ongoing Healthy Rivers INitiative (HRI).
The DNR has purchased more than 11,800 acres through HRI, a program launched in 2010 to secure permanent conservation protection of nearly 70,000 acres along Sugar Creek, the Wabash River, and the Muscatatuck River.

The new openings increase HRI purchases to 8,242 acres, including a 3,500-acre purchase of land previously leased as part of Fairbanks Landing Fish & Wildlife Area. The remaining 4,700 acres are in three locations – the Austin Bottoms (Muscatatuck), Sugar Creek and Wabash River conservation areas. Read more.


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STATEWIDE: If you find a seemingly abandoned baby animal this spring the safest bet is to leave it alone

STATEWIDE: DNR asks for public to join the hunt for the state’s biggest trees

STATEWIDE: How to respond to nuisance animals

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Upcoming events:

STATEWIDE: Learn about DNR state forests and share input at a series of open houses, now through October

IN CLARK COUNTY: Charlestown State Park to host 4 guided, spring wildflower hikes between April 19 and May 10.

IN CLARK COUNTY: See live birds of prey up-close at Charlestown State Park’s Raptor Day, April 19

IN CRAWFORD/DUBOIS/ORANGE COUNTIES: Learn how to kayak at Patoka Lake, April 26

IN HUNTINGTON/WABASH COUNTIES: Salamonie Preschool will offer “Plants!” class twice on April 30

IN HUNTINGTON/WABASH COUNTIES: Salamonie Preschool offers “Frog Fun!” class twice on May 7

IN HUNTINGTON/WABASH COUNTIES: “Dig-IN” to Scout projects at Salamonie Lake, May 10

IN KOSCIUSKO AND WHITLEY COUNTIES: DNR to offer family trout fishing opportunities April 19 in Columbia City and at Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area

IN LAGRANGE AND MARION COUNTIES: “Explore Bowhunting” workshops help adults teach outdoor skills to kids: April 15 and 17 in Indy; July 19 in LaGrange County

IN LAWRENCE COUNTY: Spring Mill State Park hosts its last Easter Egg Scramble, April 20

IN MADISON COUNTY: Botanist to guide wildflower hike at Mounds State Park, April 19

IN MADISON COUNTY: Mounds State Park offers new programs this spring for pre-kindergarten kids and homeschool students

IN MADISON COUNTY: Mounds State Park hosts weekend of birding activities, April 25-27
 
IN MONROE COUNTY: Free Lunch with Nature program at Monroe Lake continues with April 23 talk about reptiles and amphibians in the spring

IN MONROE COUNTY: Learn how helping Indiana’s forests can be a tasty experience at  Monroe Lake garlic mustard workshop, April 30

IN OWEN COUNTY: Celebrate spring wildflowers at McCormick’s Creek State Park, April 12-13, with guided hikes and other activities

IN OWEN COUNTY: McCormick’s Creek State Park hosts Mag 7 5K run/walk, April 19

IN PARKE COUNTY: Historic Mansfield Roller Mill is participating in mushroom festival, April 26-27

IN STEUBEN COUNTY: May 3 open house at Trine SRA to highlight geothermal heating and cooling techonology, with representatives from Steuben County REMC

IN STEUBEN COUNTY: Choose from triathlon, duathlon, aquabike and a 5k benefit run/walk at Pokagon State Park, May 17

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 A full calendar of events is at dnr.IN.gov under “Upcoming Events.” 

 
Almost 1,400 acres to open Friday in HRI areas

Beginning Friday, almost 1,400 new acres will be open to the public in two project areas of the DNR’s ongoing Healthy Rivers INitiative (HRI). 

The DNR has purchased more than 11,800 acres through HRI, a program launched in 2010 to secure permanent conservation protection of nearly 70,000 acres along Sugar Creek, the Wabash River, and the Muscatatuck River.
 
The new openings increase HRI purchases to 8,242 acres, including a 3,500-acre purchase of land previously leased as part of Fairbanks Landing Fish & Wildlife Area. The remaining 4,700 acres are in three locations – the Austin Bottoms (Muscatatuck), Sugar Creek and Wabash River conservation areas.
 
In Austin Bottoms Conservation Area, 154 new acres will open on Friday, bringing the total in that area to just over 3,000 acres. Five parking areas have been completed at Austin Bottoms with two more under construction. Austin Bottoms is along the Muscatatuck River in Scott, Jackson and Washington counties. 

In Sugar Creek Conservation Area, 1,221 new acres will open on Friday. There are three newly constructed parking areas. Sugar Creek CA is in Parke County. 

Last year, a 419-acre site was opened in the Wabash River Conservation Area in Vermillion County near the town of Montezuma. 

Maps for all three conservation areas are at dnr.IN.gov/healthyriver/6502.htm.
 
Allowable activities include fishing, hunting, trapping, bird watching, nature photography and observation. Mushroom hunting is allowed after 1 p.m. EST during the spring turkey hunting season (April 19-20, youth season; April 23-May 11, regular season).
 
HRI is a partnership of resource agencies and organizations working with landowners to provide a model that balances forest, farmland and natural resources conservation; connects separated parcels of public land to benefit wildlife; protects important wildlife habitat and rest areas for migratory birds; opens lands to public recreational activities; establishes areas for nature tourism; and provides clean water and protection from flooding to downstream landowners. 

To date, more than 31,300 acres are protected through DNR purchase, landowner enrollment in the federal Wetlands Reserve Program, or lands already under DNR management prior to HRI. 
 
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Name: Angie Tilton
Phone: (317) 234-8101
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DNR asks public help in finding Indiana’s largest trees
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Do you know of an extraordinarily large tree? 

The DNR is accepting nominations for the 2015 Big Tree Register, a list of the largest known specimen of each native tree species in the state. The register is published every five years.
 
Nominations will be accepted through October. 

The 2015 Big Tree Register nomination form is at forms.IN.gov/Download.aspx?id=9968 . The form includes additional information on finding and measuring big trees. 

The 2010 register is at dnr.IN.gov/forestry/8169.htm
 
The biggest big tree in the 2010 Register is a 136-foot tall sycamore tree in Johnson County with a trunk more than 25 feet around. 

The smallest big tree in the 2010 Register is an American hophornbeam (aka ironwood) in Vanderburgh County that is 12 feet tall and 3 inches around.
 
The register requires three measurements: trunk circumference, in inches, at 4 1/2 feet above the ground; total height, in feet; and average crown spread, in feet. 

The total size of a tree is calculated using the formula: circumference + height + 1/4 average crown spread. The tree of each species with the highest total is Indiana's largest. 

Each tree nominated is verified for species and size before acceptance in the register. 

For more information about nominating a tree for the register or to receive a nomination form, contact district forester Janet Eger at (812) 247-2479 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 
 
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Nine volunteer youth ambassadors are documenting their visits to Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs through photos, videos and blogs at AmericasStateParks.org. 

The ambassador program is a youth-led movement promoting the outdoors to other young adults. Ambassadors share their passion for the outdoors in hopes of inspiring others to experience what state parks offer. 

The goal of Indiana’s youth ambassadors is to visit all 32 Indiana state parks and reservoirs, and help tell each property’s story. 

“We have some talented writers and photographers posting wonderful pictures and blogs,” said Jody Heaston, volunteer coordinator for the DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs. “It’s great to see these young adults enjoying the properties.”
 
To see biographical information for the Indiana youth ambassadors and read their work, visit AmericasStateParks.org/Ambassadors-State/Indiana. 

Information about other volunteer opportunities at Indiana state parks and reservoirs is atStateParks.IN.gov. Click on “How You Can Help” under “Stewardship Links.” 
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Plenty of Easter egg hunting opportunities at 

 

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Families won’t have to look too hard to find Easter egg hunting opportunities near them, thanks to Indiana’s state parks. 

The Easter egg hunting season at state parks opens April 12 and runs through Easter Sunday, April 20. 

Unless otherwise noted below, events are free after paying the standard entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicle or $7 per out-of-state vehicle. 

The events are: 

April 12 
— Shakamak State Park, 10 a.m. at the pool shelter. For ages 12 and under. 
— Versailles State Park, 11 a.m. in the pool parking lot. Age groups are 1 to 3, 4 to 6 and 7 to 10. 

April 19 
— Fort Harrison State Park, 2 p.m. at the visitors center. For ages 4 to 6 only. 
— Harmonie State Park, 10 a.m. at Maple Grove Picnic Area. For ages 12 and under. A donation of $3 per vehicle is appreciated. 
— Pokagon State Park, 2 p.m. at the Potawatomi Inn lawn. Age groups are 2 and under, 3 and 4, 5 and 6, 7 and 8, and 9 and 10. The Easter Bunny will visit with kids and be available for photos. 
— Potato Creek State Park, 10:30 EDT at the beach. For ages 12 and under. Cost is $2 per child. 
— Summit Lake State Park, noon at Harvey Shelter. Magician Marcus Lehmann will perform beginning at noon. Age groups are 1 to 4, 5 to 8, and 9 to 14. 


April 20 
— Spring Mill State Park, 2 p.m. at Sycamore Field. Participants should arrive 10 minutes early. Age groups are 4 and under, 5 to 7, 8 and 9, and 11 and 12. Before the hunt, stop by the Spring Mill Inn lobby from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. to take your own picture of your little one with the Easter Bunny. 
— Whitewater State Park, 2 p.m. at the campground play field. For children ages 10 and under. Sponsored by the Liberty Lions Club. 
 
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Name: Ginger Murphy
Phone: (317) 232-4143
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Watch nesting barn owls through DNR webcam

A show of companionship and survival will play out live before the public in a new DNR webcam that offers a peek into the lives of a barn owl pair raising chicks.

The webcam at wildlife.IN.gov/8183.htm is the first in Indiana to focus on barn owls, a state-endangered species with fewer than two dozen known nesting pairs in Indiana. The goal of the webcam is to promote public interest in birds and raise awareness about efforts to support the barn owl.

Barn owls have nested at the webcam location in rural southern Indiana for the past seven years. A pair has already begun roosting at the box this spring, but has yet to lay eggs.

“The barn owl is an interesting and rare bird,” says DNR non-game bird biologist John Castrale. “We hope people develop an appreciation for this seldom-seen species and learn more about the owls and their habits through the DNR barn owl web page.”

Information on barn owls and how the public can help them is at wildlife.IN.gov/3382.htm.

Barn Owls are known for their distinctive heart-shaped face, dark eyes and white to golden-brown feathers. They were once common in the Midwest, living in hollow trees and wooden barns and hunting hayfields, idle grain fields, pastures and other grasslands for meadow voles. But many wooden barns are being torn down, and few modern farms offer the land a barn owl needs for hunting.

DNR’s Wildlife Diversity Program has been placing nest boxes for barn owls since 1984. The nest boxes, like the one the webcam owls use, give owls a safe place to raise their young. Barn owl breeding season typically begins in March and April, when a pair produces a clutch of three to 11 eggs. Usually the strongest three to four chicks will survive and leave the nest at 8 to 10 weeks old.

The barn owl webcam can accommodate 20 viewers at a time.

The barn owl is one of more than 750 animal species, including many rare and endangered animals, supported by the DNR’s Wildlife Diversity Program. WDP depends on donations to the DNR Nongame Fund. You can donate by credit card on the DNR website, or you can give all or a portion of your state tax return to the fund by marking the appropriate box on your printed Indiana tax form or when you file electronically. On the printed form, look for the bald eagle logo.

Donations can also be made at wildlife.IN.gov/3316.htm.
Contact Information:
Name: Michelle Cain
Phone: (317) 234-8240
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Charlestown State Park

 

 hosts spring wildflower hikes


Wildflowers will be the focus of five guided hikes this spring at Charlestown State Park.

All hikes begin at 2 p.m. and will be led by volunteer naturalist Jean Merritt. They are:

— April 12 on Trail 1: Meet at the Trail 1 parking lot for a 2.4-mile hike past limestone outcroppings.

— April on Trail 6: Meet by the boat ramp for a 2.3-mile rugged hike past lime kilns and the old Charlestown Landing in search of spring ephemerals. The hike will also offer a shorter, easier option.

— April 26 on Trail 5: Meet at the Trail 5 overflow parking lot for a 1.8-mile hike to an overlook on Fourteenmile Creek in search of wild hyacinth and rue anemone.

— May 3 on Trail 2: Meet at the Trail 2 parking lot for a moderate, 1.4–mile hike past cascading waterfalls, wildflowers and ferns.

— May 10 on Trail 4: Meet at the Trails 3 and 4 parking lot for a rugged hike through mixed hardwoods with views of Fourteenmile Creek in search of later ephemerals and ferns.

The entrance fee is $5 for in-state vehicles and $7 for out-of-state vehicles. Annual park passes are available also.

For more information, contact Jeremy Beavin at (812) 280-9970 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Charlestown State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2986.htm) is at 12500 State Road 62, Charlestown, IN 47111.
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Name: Jeremy Beavin
Phone: (812) 280-9970
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The Right Ice Shanty Can Make a Cold Winter Feel Like Summer!

Winter brings many things like snow storms, icicles, skiing, snowboarding, and the best of all, ice fishing. If you've never had the chance to huddle in an ice shanty and do some ice fishing, you're missing out on one of the finest winter sports. Yes, ice fishing is a sport... with beer! There are annual festivals all over the world for ice fishing. There's even a contest for the best, Crib's Style Ice Shanty. Well maybe not Cribs, but people do some amazing things to their shanties. In the northern US states, there are thousands of people who can't wait for the ice to form so they can get out on the frozen lakes and kick off their ice fishing season. As soon as there's enough ice, it's time to hookup their fishing shack to the back of their trucks and move onto the lakes. Once they've found that perfect spot, their shack may stay in that spot for the entire season if the fishing is good, fingers crossed! For some people, every spare minute they have is spent fishing during ice fishing season. It's a way of life and something special for us who are privileged enough to know about it. One thing is for sure, if you're going to ice fish, you're going to need a place to warm up. The way we do that is by using an ice shanty.

What is an Ice Shanty?

An ice shanty is a portable ice fishing shelter that can be made from heavy material such as wood or metal. Other shanties are made from lightweight material such as vinyl, canvas, and denier fabric. Their main purpose is to shelter fisherman from the rages of winter while fishing. Some of the hand made shacks are like small houses. You name it! Satellite TV, stoves, lighting, AC, and even bunks. They can sometimes be more like a mobile home than a "shack". Whatever your style, there's one for you. In the United States, ice fishing is more of a social event than in some other countries around the world. In places like Wisconsin and Minnesota, there are hotels, B&Bs, and resorts who own ice houses. They'll do all the work while you focus on ice fishing. It's really a great way to fish if you don't own all the gear you need. They'll transport you out in the morning and bring you back at sundown. You can fish to your heart's content. However, you don't need a hotel or fancy resort to join in the fun on the lake. As long as you have your license, gear, and a place to warm up, you're ready to rock! In Alaska, ice fishing and whale hunting for the Eskimos are a matter of survival. Interesting fact: For the Eskimos to hunt whales in Alaska, they are required to use hunting methods dating back 600 years. The Eskimos start by putting together a base camp on the ice. Once their ice shanty town is set up, they prepare to get ready for the hunt. They use a hand made spear and boats made from seal skin to hunt the whale which can be the size of a train engine. They aim their boat directly at the center of the whales head because the whale's head is so massive, it can't see the boat coming. Once they're over the whales head, they have to stab the whale in the spine and quickly get out of the way. There's a rope connected to the spear on one end and a barrel on the other so they can track their hunt by watching the barrel float in the water. Powered boats are called in quickly after the spearing to retrieve the whale. It's sad to see in a way, but it's amazing that the Eskimos go out over ice cold water on a seal skin boat and hunt a whale using a tooth pick. Talk about the ultimate Ice Fisherman. I just want to note that nothing goes to waste from the whale. Got a little sidetracked there, but it's an interesting way of life. The fact that a an ice shanty makes it possible for them to survive the Arctic, and then the winter as as a result makes it incredible.

Ice Shanty Considerations

Choosing the right ice shanty is not as easy as you would think. Since mobile ice fishing has become more popular, ice shanties now come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and materials. Size, portability, and material are very important considerations when choosing your ice shanty. The size of the ice shanty may be the most important aspect to think about. If you like to fish with friends which most of us do, the question is; how many of my friends can I bring along? Of course there are those beautiful days when you don't need an ice fishing shelter at all, but when the weather turns, it's nice to have a warm (but not too many people warm) place to go. With size, mainly referring to custom built heavy material shanties, portability becomes as issue. You'll need a way to get your ice fishing house to the lake and a way move around it when it's on the lake. A 4x4 truck, snowmobile, or 4 wheeler will be necessary to move a larger ice shanty around. If you live on a lake, it's a no brain-er to have a mac daddy ice shanty for various reasons. If you don't, there are many large portable ice shanty options. Note: If you're new to ice fishing, it's important that you stick close to where other large shanties are, especially if you're unfamiliar with the lake and decide to build or buy a large shelter. If you're a fisherman on the move or just looking for a little quiet time to yourself, a one or two person fishing hub may be the answer. You'll want to think about how much fishing gear you can store and use in your ice shack though. The more space, the better. Add two buddies, buckets, and beer, it could get real cozy in a shack too small for your needs. You can probably sense my bias here, I think a three or four person ice shanty is a good starting point for ice anglers. It's nice to be able to move with the fish and try different lakes. A portable ice shanty is just that, portable. You can move it from one spot to the next, one lake to another as often as you want and only spend a few minutes tearing down and setting up your shelter. It sure beats moving a heavy material shanty around. There's even a portable house by Eskimo Ice Shelters that folds into a sled with storage, and unfolds to shelter with built in bench seating.

What Type of Material for an Ice Shanty

If you're an avid fisherman, you'll need a winter hut that is warm and comfortable. There's no sense in freezing to death while indulging in your favorite hobby. We've already covered home made ice fishing houses in the above section for which there are many ice shanty plans available on the internet if that's the direction you want to go. A lot of the portable ice shanties on the market today are made from either 300D or 600D Polyester. Three hundred denier polyester is a lightweight material, whereas 600 denier polyester is a heavier duty material. 300D Polyester is quite a bit thinner than the 600D. It's definitely lighter if you're carrying it around while trekking through snow. It's usually less expensive too. 600D polyester is approximately twice as durable as the 300D, but weighs and costs more. They'll both get the job done. You'll also see vinyl and canvas used to make a portable ice shanty. We hope understanding the purpose and applications of the ice shanty helps you decide which shelter is best for you.

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