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I N D I A N A

REGULATION GUIDE
2018-2019

LITTLE
KINGS
Bluegills still
most popular fish

INSIDE
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• '17 Fish of the Year winners • 2017 Fishing Survey Results
• 4 New Public Access Sites • State Record Fish

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Rockville Lake - July 7
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I N D I A N A

Table of
REGULATION GUIDE
Contents
Features

4
Bluegill Feature
23
State Record Fish
26-27
What Fish Is It?
Small game fish continues to be the most Josh Pisowicz set one of two records Color illustrations are a handy tool to help ID
popular fish for Hoosiers. for lake whitefish in 2017. common Indiana fish.

Departments
Back to Basics with Bluegills........................................................... 4 Inland Trout Regulations.............................................................. 14
License Information........................................................................ 6 Crunching the Survey Numbers................................................... 16
Statewide Size & Bag Limits........................................................... 8 Lake Michigan Regulations.......................................................... 18
Illegal Stocking/Aquarium Release, Public Enemy No. 1 for Bluegills.................................................. 19
Hooks for Pole Fishing or Hand Lines............................................ 8 Ohio River Regulations.................................................................20
Gaffs, Grab Hooks & Landing Nets, Snares, Limb Lines Reptiles & Amphibians..................................................................21
Snagging Fish, Trot Lines................................................................ 8 Anglers Fund Conservation/New Boat Ramps............................22
Umbrella Rigs, Float Fishing, Ice Fishing, Bow & Spear Fishing.... 9 Indiana State Record Fish List...................................................... 23
Wanton Waste, Sale of Aquatic Life, Smelt, Illegal Species.......... 9 2017 Fish of the Year Winners......................................................24
Boating, Life Preservers, Sinkers, Illegal Devices, Sorting Fish...... 10 Fish Identification.......................................................................... 26
Gifting Fish, Minnows & Crayfish............................................... 10 Eating Fish...................................................................................... 28
Gizzard/Threadfin Shad, Walleye Size Limits.............................11 Fisheries Biologists, Hatcheries, DNR Law Enforcement...........30
Bass Regulations............................................................................ 12 Fish & Wildlife Areas, State Reservoirs & State Forests..............31
Lake Sturgeon................................................................................ 13 Building Fish Habitat, Regulaciones de Pesca............................. 32

Governor: The Indiana Fishing Regulation Guide is a


Eric Holcomb publication of the Indiana Department of Natural
Resources. It is a summary of Indiana fishing
DNR Director:
regulations. It is designed as a service to anglers
Cameron Clark
and is not intended to be a complete digest of all
Fish & Wildlife Director: fishing regulations. Most regulations are subject
Mark Reiter to change by administrative rule. For questions
on the regulations, call (317) 232-4200. To seek
Division of Fish & Wildlife permission to reproduce any part of this booklet,
Indiana Department of Natural Resources call (317) 233-3853.
402 W. Washington St. RM 273 Paid advertisements in this guide do not imply
Indianapolis, IN 46204 endorsement by the DNR or the State of Indiana
for the businesses or products advertised. The
DNR is not responsible for any advertising claims
On the Cover:
Jackson Goins of Greenwood caught his first
contained herein. bluegills from a Brown County pond last October.
Photographed by – J ohn Maxwell, Indiana DNR

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MESSAGES
Even though everyone has their prime times, fishing can be a nearly
year-round way of life in Indiana.
So it makes sense that it takes all 12 months to create the opportuni-
ties you enjoy so much.
Remember, much of what you catch didn’t get there solely by Mother
Nature. A lot of people contribute to the abundant fishing opportuni-
ties we Hoosiers enjoy.
I’m referring to the dedicated individuals who make up the Fisheries
Section of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. Creating and main-
taining sustainable places to fish is applied science. Of the 74 full-time
fisheries employees, 62 have a bachelor’s degree and 23 of those have master’s degrees. Some Williamstown, MA  |  Birmingham, AL
work on the water, others in one of our seven hatcheries, and still others at regional offices.
Fifteen work at the Central Office in Indianapolis, where my office is.
Their shared goal is to develop and improve fishing in Indiana. That sounds simple. But mak-
ing it happen is not.
Their hard work and research helps develop some of the rules in this guide. Their efforts also
made for some of the incredible results you will see inside on the Record Fish and Fish of the
Year pages.
About This Guide
But of course you do the catching.
So celebrate your successes, post your photos and tell your stories. But please remember, just This high-quality guide is offered to you
as you probably didn’t catch your fish by accident, it probably didn’t get there, at that size, by by the Indiana Department of Natural
chance either. Both were part of carefully hatched plans. Resources through its unique partnership
with J.F. Griffin Publishing, LLC.
The revenue generated through ad sales
significantly lowers production costs and
Cameron Clark generates savings. These savings translate
Director, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
into additional funds for other important
agency programs.
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You can name many reasons why you love fishing. You may even wonder ested in advertising, please contact us at
why anyone need ask.
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And you probably know how your license and equipment money
not only benefits you and other anglers, but also anyone else who cares
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about conservation and the outdoors, even if they’ve never gone fishing.
The fees you pay also benefit people who have yet to discover an Jon Gulley, Dane Fay, John Corey,
appreciation of the outdoors. After all, everyone needs clean air and Evelyn Haddad, Chris Sobolowski
clean water, which are direct results of the habitat our funds, from your
license fees, preserve.
But do your friends, family and coworkers who don’t fish know about
these things? If they don’t, please consider informing them, in a diplomatic way.
We don’t have enough anglers to fund the conservation work that’s needed. So invite some-
one to go fishing with you, even if they’ve never gone before. If they aren’t interested in fishing
right then, give them a rain check. Ask them to consider buying a fishing license so they will
be ready the next time, and help fund conservation at the same time.
And tell them the benefits buying a license will bring, even if they never cast a line. Buying
a license means Indiana gets federal funds that translate into $10 for every license sold. That
means buying a $17 license brings Indiana’s aquatic habitat programs $27. That’s a heckuva
rate of return. You can learn more by reading “Angler Dollars” on page 22.
Pass on the heritage. Share your sport. Because we need more people contributing
to conservation.

Mark Reiter
Director, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife

This program receives federal aid for fish and/or wildlife restoration. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil
Rights Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior
prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex. If you
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above, please write to the Office for Human Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (DOI)
Washington, D.C. 20240.

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BLUEGILLS

Back to Basics “A lot of people will catch 5-inch bluegills


over and over,” Clark-Kolaks said. “There are
two questions. One: Are there just too many

with Bluegills
bluegills? Or, two: Is it that everyone is just
harvesting all the fish over 6 inches?”
On public water managed by the DNR,
answering this mystery requires investiga-
tion by Division of Fish & Wildlife fisheries
By Nick Werner, DNR staff biologists.
“A lot of lakes have stockpiling,” Clark-
Kolaks said.
Reflect on the first fish you caught. Bluegills exist in every aquatic environment Stockpiling stunts growth as too many
If you can’t remember it, scan your mind for in Indiana. Their range includes all 92 Indiana bluegills compete for limited food. The
the earliest fishing memory. counties, and much of the United States. And answer to this problem is to manage a fishery
For lifelong Hoosier anglers, these impres- of Indiana’s 18 sunfish—a figure that includes to promote a balance between bluegills and
sions are likely to appear remarkably similar. black bass and crappie—bluegills are the most largemouth bass. Bass eat small bluegills, help-
A small pond. A dirt-filled coffee can. A prolific. A single female may contain 30,000 ing keep their numbers in check so that food
red-and-white bobber just past the cattails. A eggs. A single nest can include 18,000 fry. resources aren’t strained. The result is fewer
caring adult. And, at the end of it all, a bluegill. Because bluegills are so numerous, Indiana but bigger bluegills.
People who are passionate about fishing does not have a daily bag limit or a size limit The biggest bluegill in Indiana, 3 pounds
have a tendency to retreat to narrow inter- for bluegills. And while catch-and-release and 4 ounces, came from a Greene County
est groups. But one thing that unites many has become common for larger game fish, pond in 1972.
Hoosier anglers, from the muskie nuts in most decent-sized bluegills still end up in the The list on page 23 shows only four older
North Webster to the catfish crazies on the frying pan. current species records.
Ohio River, is a soft spot for bluegills. They are Indiana’s most harvested fish. Of course, landing a record isn’t something
“I love bluegills,” said Buzz Arney, a 4-H “They taste very good,” Clark-Kolaks said. bluegill anglers think about. If they wanted to
sport-fishing instructor from Shelbyville. “I “You don’t have to worry about contaminants land big fish, they’d be chasing blue catfish or
love to bluegill fish. I love to eat bluegills. I’ve because they grow fast and don’t bio-accumu- striped bass.
fished in the Atlantic and Pacific, on Lake late contaminants. They are easy to filet and If you are one of those big game anglers,
Superior and Lake Michigan. But I come back easy to handle.” consider returning to your roots. Give blue-
to bluegills.” Bluegill fishing doesn’t require expensive gills a second look.
The bluegill is the ultimate gateway species equipment either. If the thought of staring at a bobber sounds
for beginners. Yet Arney is among many who Shoreline fishing can be as effective as using boring, grab a fly rod.
have made fishing for them a lifelong pursuit. a boat, and a cane pole often works as well as Jim Wootton has known how to fly-fish
The 2017 survey described on page 16 asked an expensive spincaster. Ice fishing is also a most his life. And he’s been a bluegill angler all
anglers to identify their three favorite fish, in great way to catch ‘gills. his life. But it wasn’t until retiring from his job
no particular order. The bluegill showed up in Bee moths and red worms are good for live as an English teacher in Evansville that he put
62 percent of responses, representing almost bait. Kids or adults who don’t like handling bait the two together.
300,000 licensed anglers. can also use plastic grub jigs, Clark- Kolaks said. He remembers the first time he caught a
Why would one of the smallest game spe- “The biggest thing is what water depth you bluegill on a fly rod. He was in his old, 10-foot,
cies have such a supersized influence? fish at during different times of year,” Clark- K-Mart johnboat on the public pond that has
“They are ubiquitous,” said Sandy Clark- Kolaks said. “May-June you are going to be become his primary destination. Bee moths
Kolaks, southern fisheries research biologist fishing off the beds in shallow water. Two to 3 hadn’t been working. On a whim, he cast his
with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. feet. As the summer moves on and they finish fly rod.
Supply and demand explains some of the spawning and it gets hot, they move deeper.” “It was cold,” he said. “It was early March.
appeal, but not in the conventional meaning While bluegills are almost everywhere, the I caught this really nice bluegill. So I threw it
of the phrase. For bluegills, supply has helped fishing quality isn’t uniform. out again. I left with 18, all on a fly rod. I was
create demand. The species isn’t immune to pressure, espe- dumbfounded. After that, it’s all I’ve used.”
cially in ponds and smaller lakes. Wootton described bluegills as excel-
On the contrary, the most common problem lent fighters, “ounce for ounce.” And he said
is overabundance, often called stockpiling. bluegills provide more steady action than bass.
Usually, you don’t wait long for strikes.
Arney agreed.
“With the proper equipment, catching
bluegills is just as exciting as catching a
5-pound bass,” Arney said. “It’s all the per-
spective you have.”
Trying a new method or ultra-light equip-
ment is one way to spice up bluegill fishing.
The other way, maybe the best way, accord-
ing to Arney, is to take a kid with you.
Arney believes anglers have a responsibil-
ity to “pay it forward.” Each generation must
teach the next. Fishing accounts for some of
Arney’s strongest friendships. He wants young
Hoosiers to experience the same joy.
You can be that caring adult in a child’s first
fishing memory.

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LICENSE
INFORMATION
The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife is tasked Resident Non-Resident
by state law to manage fisheries resources for LICENSES Resident¹ Non-Resident
Apprentice Apprentice
the benefit of all Hoosiers.
Annual Fishing $17 $35 na na
This booklet is a summary of fishing regula-
tions that support that effort. It is designed One-Day Fishing (includes Trout/Salmon) $9 $9 na na
as a service to anglers and is not intended to Seven-Day Fishing na $20 na na
be a complete digest of all fishing regulations. Senior Annual Fishing
Some rules may change after printing of this $3 na na na
(includes Trout/Salmon)2
booklet, so be sure to check the DNR website Senior Fish for Life2
(wildlife.IN.gov/2347.htm) for updates. $17 na na na
(includes Trout/Salmon)
These regulations apply only to fish that Trout/Salmon Stamp Privilege $11 $11 na na
originate from, or are taken from, the public
Annual Hunting $17 $80 $17 $80
waters of Indiana. Fish from public waters that
migrate into or from private waters are still Annual Hunting and Fishing $25 na $25 na
covered by these regulations. These regula- Five-Day Hunting na $31 na $31
tions do not apply to fish in private waters that Disabled American Veterans Hunt/Fish $2.75 na na na
did not originate from public waters. DAV 10-Year Hunt/Fish $27.50 na na na
All 2018 annual licenses and stamp privileges are valid from April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.
Who Needs a 2018 license fees are subject to change by the Natural Resources Commission.
For a list of current license fees, go to Fishing.IN.gov or call (317) 232-4200.
Fishing License 1
See resident description located at the left of this chart.
2
Must be at least 64 years old and born after March 31, 1943.
With a few exceptions (see License Exemp- na = not available
tions), a valid fishing license issued by the
Indiana Department of Natural Resources is
interactive map) or visit the DNR Customer • Residents of any licensed health care facility
required to fish in public lakes, streams, rivers
Service Center, Indiana Government Center in Indiana taking part in a supervised fish-
or tributaries in Indiana or its boundary waters.
South, 402 W. Washington St., Room W160, ing activity sponsored by the facility.
The license must be signed in ink to be
Indianapolis, IN 46204. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
valid, or the licensee must produce an elec- • Residents that have a developmental dis-
p.m., Monday-Friday.
tronic copy of the license while fishing. You ability as defined by IC 12-7-2-61.
must carry it with you when fishing and pre- By Mail …
• Fishing in a private pond that does not allow
sent it to an Indiana Conservation Officer (or Send check, money order (payable to DNR)
fish entry from or exit to public waters.
any other authorized law enforcement official) or Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American
However, an angler must have permission
upon request. There are fines and penalties for Express (include number, expiration date) to:
from the property owner to fish.
fishing without a license. Licenses
To qualify for resident fishing licenses, a DNR Customer Service Center • Residents of Indiana engaged in full-time
person must have established a true fixed 402 W. Washington St., Room W160 military service while on approved military
and permanent home and primary residence Indianapolis, IN, 46204 leave. However, the angler must carry leave
in Indiana for 60 consecutive days prior to Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Include the fol- orders and a valid Indiana Driver’s License
purchasing a license or permit, and not claim lowing information: or voter registration card.
residency for fishing, hunting or trapping
• Name, date of birth, Indiana Driver’s • Resident owners or lessees of Indiana farm-
in another state or country. All others are
License number and Social Security Num- land who farm that land, their spouses and
non-residents.
ber (required by IC 14-22-11-3) children living with them, while fishing on
Indiana residents who are 64 years old and
the farmland they own or lease. This exemp-
born after March 31, 1943 are eligible to buy a • Complete address, city, state, ZIP code, and
tion does not apply to land owned by a busi-
Senior Annual or Senior Fish for Life License. phone number
ness, corporation or partnership unless the
The Senior Fish for Life License is valid for the
• Height, weight, sex, color of hair and eyes shareholders, partners, members or owners
rest of the holder's life and includes the trout/
are composed solely of an immediate fam-
salmon stamp. To legally fish for or take trout • Specify the licenses you need and dates for
ily and farm that land. Farmland means
and salmon from public waters, you must also one-day or multi-day licenses
agricultural land that is devoted to or best
have a valid trout and salmon privilege and a
By Phone … adaptable to the production of crops, fruits,
valid fishing license (signed in ink) , or have
Call (317) 232-4200. timber or raising livestock, or is assessed as
with you an electronic copy of the license
agricultural land for property tax purposes.
while fishing.
A fishing license may be revoked if the License Exemptions • Some non-resident landowners, while fish-
license holder is convicted of violating fish and ing in public waters from the farmland they
A fishing license and trout/salmon stamp are
wildlife regulations. Any equipment used in own, according to the exemptions that their
NOT required for:
the violation of Indiana fish and wildlife laws state provides to Indiana residents.
may be seized for evidence, and be confiscated • Indiana residents born before April 1, 1943.
NOTE: Non-resident military personnel on
upon conviction. Such residents should carry their driver’s
active duty and stationed in Indiana may
license or other identification to verify age
purchase an Indiana resident license.) Indiana
How to Buy a License and residency.
disabled American veterans can get a DAV fish-
• Residents and non-residents under age 18. ing and hunting license application form from
Online … the County Service Officer where they live or
• Residents who are legally blind.
Go to: INHuntFish.com download the application form at wildlife.
• Residents of a state-owned mental rehabili- IN.gov/2376.htm. Place the form in a stamped
In Person …
tation facility. self-addressed envelope and mail to the DNR
Visit one of more than 525 retailers state-
Customer Service Center: 402 W. Washington
wide (see wildlife.IN.gov/5334.htm for an
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FISHING
REGULATIONS
INDIANA’S STATEWIDE SIZE AND BAG LIMITS Hooks for Pole Fishing
or Hand Lines
Species Daily Bag Limit Minimum Size
You may not fish with more than three poles or
Bluegill 3 None 3 (exceptions: page 11) None hand lines at any one time. Each line may have
Redear Sunfish 3 253 None no more than three single or multi-pronged
hooks, three artificial lures, or no more than
14 inches three of a combination of hooks and artificial
Black Bass (in lakes) 2 5 singly or in aggregate1
(exceptions: page 12) lures.
A multi-prong hook, or two or more single-
Black Bass 5 singly or in aggregate1 12 to 15 inch slot limit 4
prong hooks used to hold a single bait is consid-
(in rivers and streams) 2 (no more than two over 15 inches) (exceptions: page 12) ered one hook.
Black Bass (in Lake Michigan) 2 3 singly or in aggregate1 14 inches Single- or multi-barbed hooks may be used
Yellow Bass None None for hand or pole lines, float or jug fishing, limb,
drop or trot lines. Special hook size and barb
White Bass, 12 singly or in aggregate1, no more regulations apply to Lake Michigan and its
None
Hybrid Striped Bass than two fish may exceed 17 inches
tributaries. Refer to page 18 for hook informa-
Striped Bass 2 None tion for these waters.
Rock Bass 25 None
Crappie 3 253 (exceptions: page 11) None7 Gaffs, Grab Hooks
For Walleye: 14 inches south of and Landing Nets
Walleye, SR 26, 16 inches north of SR 26
(exceptions on Pg. 11)
Landing nets, gaff hooks or grab hooks may
Walleye-Sauger Hybrid (Saug- 6 singly or in aggregate1
eye), Sauger
be used only to assist in the landing of legally
For sauger and saugeye: No
size limit (exceptions on Pg. 11)
caught fish. They may not be used as the
method of catching fish.
Muskellunge
1 singly 36 inches8
and Tiger Muskellunge
Northern Pike 311 24 inches10, 12 Snares
Yellow Perch None (15 only on Lake Michigan) None You may use no more than one snare to take
suckers, carp, gar, and bowfin. Snaring these
Catfish: Channel, Blue, fish may be done only between sunrise and
None 13 inches 5,6, 10
Flathead (in streams)
sunset.
Catfish: Channel, Blue,
109 (exceptions: page 11) None 5,6
Flathead (in lakes, reservoirs)
Bullhead None None
Limb Lines
Lake Whitefish 12 None A limb line (or drop line) involves suspending a
fishing line from a tree limb extending beyond
Shovelnose Sturgeon None 25 inches the bank of a body of water. You may fish with
1
Singly or in aggregate means that the daily bag limit includes any combination of the species. no more than 10 limb lines or drop lines at any
2
Black bass includes largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. one time. Each line may have no more than
3
Daily bag limit for sunfish at J.C. Murphey Lake (Newton County) is 25 singly or in aggregate. one single- or multi-barbed hook attached to
4
No black bass between 12 and 15 inches may be harvested. it. Each line must have a readable tag showing
5
No more than one blue catfish and one flathead catfish that is 35 inches or longer.
the name and address of the user, or the DNR-
6
No more than one channel catfish that is 28 inches or longer.
issued Customer ID number. All lines must
7
9-inch minimum size at Dogwood Lake (Daviess County) and Hardy Lake (Scott County).
be checked at least every 24 hours. It is illegal
to use a limb or drop line within 300 yards of
8
44-inch minimum size at Backwater, Kiser and Webster lakes (Kosciusko County).
a partial or full dam structure located on any
9
No bag limit for catfish at Turtle Creek Reservoir.
stream, river, ditch, canal or reservoir.
10
No more than 1 per day more than 30 inches long.
No more than 6 per day from Hamilton Lake in Steuben County.
Snagging Fish
11

12
 o minimum size limit for Northern pike at Hamilton Lake in Steuben County, with no more than 1 per day more than
N
30 inches long.
Snagging is the practice of dragging or jerking
a hook (or hooks), baited or unbaited, through
Bag and Possession Limits Illegal Stocking, the water with the intention of hooking a fish
on contact. It is illegal to snag fish from public
It is illegal to take more than the daily bag limit Aquarium Release waters in Indiana, including the Ohio River.
of a wild fish in a calendar day. Trout and salmon that are foul-hooked — not
It is illegal to take any live fish (native or non-
The possession limit is two times the daily caught in the mouth — must be released to the
native) and release it into any other public
bag limit. water and not kept.
waters without a stocking permit. DNR fisheries
The possession limit does not apply to a wild
biologists approve stocking of fish only after
fish that is processed and stored at an individu-
al’s primary residence.
careful consideration of the potential impacts of Trot Lines
new fish on the existing habitat and fish popula-
It is illegal to carry, transport or ship outside A trot line (also called a set line or throw line)
tion. The release of fish from an aquarium
Indiana, in open season, in one day, a wild fish is a fishing line with smaller lines attached to it
would be considered the stocking of fish, and a
that the individual has taken in open season in that extends into the water from a fixed point,
permit is required to do so.
excess of the possession limit. such as a boat dock or tree. You may fish with no
more than one trot line at any one time. The trot

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line must have no more than 50 single- or multi-
Bow Fishing
barbed hooks. Each drop line on a trot line may
have only one hook. Trot lines must bear a read- A bow and arrow or crossbow can be used Free Fishing Days
able tag showing the name and address of the any time of day year-round to take Asian carp, Indiana residents can enjoy four free
user, or the DNR-issued Customer ID number. bowfin, buffalo, common carp, gar, shad, and fishing days in 2018 without having to
Trot lines must be checked at least once every suckers from streams, rivers and non-flowing buy a fishing license — April 21, May 19,
24 hours. It is illegal to use a trot line in Lake waters (including lakes, ponds, and reservoirs). and June 2 and 3.
Michigan or within 300 yards of any partial or A fishing license is required to use a bow and This year, take a friend along and intro-
full dam structure located on any stream, river, arrow or crossbow as fishing equipment. duce him or her to a new activity that
ditch, canal or reservoir. could become a lifelong passion.
Spear Fishing (All other fishing rules and regulations
Umbrella Rigs A gig, fish spear, spear gun, or underwater spear
apply.)
You may use an umbrella rig (sometimes can be used any time of day year-round to take See dnr.IN.gov/fishfree for more
referred to as an Alabama rig), but hooks Asian carp, bowfin, buffalo, common carp, information.
or lures can be attached to only three arms. gar, shad, and suckers from non-flowing waters
Any additional arms must be left empty or (including lakes, ponds, and reservoirs) and the
can be fitted with a spinner blade or other following large streams:
hookless attractor.
• Kankakee River, upstream to the State Road
license may be bought, sold, or bartered. You
55 bridge
Float Fishing • Maumee River, upstream to the Anthony
may keep fish that you catch for an aquarium
if that fish meets legal size and bag limit
Float or jug fishing is the use of any buoyed Boulevard bridge in Fort Wayne requirements.
container (made of any material other than If you give your catch away, it’s a good idea
• St. Joseph River, upstream from Twin Branch
glass) that suspends a single fishing line and a to provide the recipient a note identifying the
Dam in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties
single- or multi-barbed hook. fish you gave them. This avoids confusion with
As many as five floats may be used but only • Tippecanoe River, upstream to one-half mile exceeding the daily bag limit or possessing fish
one hook may be attached to each float line. below its confluence with Big Creek in Car- without a fishing license.
Each float must be marked with the user’s name roll County (Fish spears and fish gigs cannot
and address, or the DNR-issued Customer ID
number. All lines must be in constant visual
be used in, on, or adjacent to Tippecanoe
River from 1/2 mile below its juncture with
Smelt Fishing
contact of the person using them. Float fishing Big Creek in Carroll County upstream to the Smelt may be taken from Lake Michigan from
is not allowed on lakes and reservoirs for public Oakdale Dam.) March 1 through May 30. Smelt may be taken
safety reasons. only with a single seine or net. The seine or
• Wabash River, upstream to State Road 13 in
net may not exceed 12 feet in length and 6 feet
Wabash
Ice Fishing • White River, upstream from the Wabash
in depth, nor have a stretch mesh larger than
1½ inches. A dip net may not exceed 12 feet in
When ice fishing, no more than three lines may River to the junction of East and West forks diameter.
be used at any one time. Each line may contain
• White River/East Fork, upstream to the dam
no more than three hooks (single, double or
treble) or three artificial lures.
at the south edge of Columbus Endangered Fish
Holes cut for ice fishing cannot be more than • White River/West Fork, upstream to the dam The following fish species are classified as
12 inches in diameter. below Harding Street in Indianapolis endangered in Indiana: bantam sunfish,
Tip-ups must be identified with the name Hoosier cavefish (formerly Northern cavefish),
and address of the user or the DNR-issued Cus-
tomer ID number. Tip-ups must be in constant
Fishing Below Dams channel darter, gilt darter, greater redhorse, lake
sturgeon (see page 13), Northern brook lamprey,
visual contact of the person using them. State law does not allow the taking of fish by pallid shiner, redside dace, and variegate darter.
Ice shanties or portable ice-fishing shelters trot line, set line, throw line, net, trap, or seine It is illegal to take or possess these fish at any
must have the owner’s name and address or the (except legal minnow seines or dip nets) within time. Most of these species are small and would
DNR-issued Customer ID number in 3-inch 300 yards of a dam on an Indiana waterway not be caught while angling.
block letters on the outside of the door. Between or boundary water (which includes the Ohio If captured during baitfish collection, imme-
sunset and sunrise, any ice fishing shelter or River). diately return them unharmed to the water in
portable shelter must have at least one red which they were found.
reflector or a 3-inch by 3-inch reflector strip on
Wanton Waste
each side of the structure.
Ice shanties and portable shelters must be The intentional waste and destruction of fish
Species Illegal to Possess
removed from public waters before ice-out. If is prohibited unless the fish is required by law The following fish and mussels are illegal to
used before Jan. 1 and after Feb. 15, all struc- to be killed. Fish must not be mutilated and possess: Asiatic clam, bighead carp, black carp,
tures must be removed daily. returned to the water unless the fish is law- silver carp, quagga mussel, round goby, rudd,
fully used as bait. Fish parts, including entrails, ruffe, snakehead (of the family Channidae),
Freshwater Mussels must not be discarded into any state waters but
should be disposed of in a sanitary manner that
stone moroko, tubenose goby, walking catfish
(of the family Clariidae), Wels catfish, white
It is illegal to collect or take live mussels or dead does not pollute the water or become detrimen- perch (not freshwater drum), zander, and zebra
mussel shells from public waters. A ban on tal to public health or comfort. mussel.
harvesting shells has been in effect since 1991 to If any of these species are taken into posses-
protect against a rapid decrease in the abun-
dance and distribution of freshwater mussels.
Sale of Aquatic Life sion, they must be killed immediately by either
removing their head, removing gills from at
Please do not disturb living mussels. No fish, frogs, turtles, or other reptile or least one side of the fish, or gutted. Your coop-
amphibian taken under a fishing or hunting eration is essential.

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BASIC FISHING
INFORMATION
Boating Lake Michigan Trout Gifting Fish
All motorboats used in public waters must and Salmon A person cannot gift fish taken under a sport-
be registered. For a copy of Indiana boat- fishing license to another person knowingly
Trout or salmon with a missing adipose fin
ing laws, write to DNR Division of Law or intentionally for the purpose of stocking a
contain a small micro wire tag in the head of
Enforcement, 402 W. Washington St., private lake for which customers pay for the
the fish with information important to DNR
Room W255D, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or go opportunity to fish.
research. Please save the head from your
to boat-ed.com/indiana/handbook.
marked (adipose fin-clipped) trout and salmon
On state-owned, leased or licensed lakes
smaller than 300 acres, only electric motors
and call the Division of Fish & Wildlife at (219) Holding Baskets, Live
may be used. No more than two 12-volt bat-
874-6824 for instructions on drop-off locations.
Only trout and salmon with a missing
Boxes, Live Nets, Etc.
teries can be used to power trolling motors on
adipose fin have micro tags. The adipose fin A fish-holding basket, live box, live net, or any
these waters.
is along the fish’s spine between the dorsal fin other structure in which fish or other aquatic
and caudal (tail) fin. life are contained or held and left unattended
Life Preservers must be plainly labeled with the name and
A U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable flotation Illegal Devices address of the owner. This does not include
live wells or other devices that hang over the
device (PFD) is required for each person on any
It is illegal to use the following devices to take side of a boat or are located within the boat.
boat. Boats 16 feet and longer, except for canoes
fish from public waters: a weir, electric cur-
or kayaks, must also have one USCG-approved
throwable PFD on board.
rent, dynamite or other explosive, a firearm,
hands alone, or any substance that may
Minnows, Crayfish
Lake Michigan, the Ohio River, and Indiana-
weaken or poison fish. Minnows and crayfish may be collected any
Illinois boundary waters of the Wabash River
time through the year if you have a valid sport
have special regulations. Call the USCG at (219)
879-8371 for Lake Michigan, (502) 779-5400 for Sorting Fish fishing license. Minnows and crayfish collected
from public waters cannot be sold.
southern Indiana, or see uscgboating.org for a
Anglers are responsible for maintaining fish “Minnow” is defined as a species of the min-
copy of federal boating regulations.
in a healthy condition if they wish to return now family Cyprinidae, except for exotic species
fish to the water. Dead and dying fish already identified in 312 IAC 9-6-7 and endangered
Sinkers kept cannot be released back into the water. species identified in 312 IAC 9-6-9, as well as
At no time may anglers have more than a bag sucker, brook stickleback (Culaea inconstans),
You may want to consider using lead-free fish-
limit in their possession while engaged in a gizzard shad, threadfin shad, and alewife. Live
ing sinkers if you are concerned about your
day’s fishing. However, sorting of fish may gizzard shad, threadfin shad, and alewife may
exposure to lead. Alternative sinkers are made
be allowed within the bag limit if fish are in only be collected, used, possessed, and disposed
of steel, bismuth, tungsten, and resin. Fish or
healthy condition at the time of release. For of in accordance with 312 IAC 9-6-8.
wildlife health may be affected if they ingest
example, if you catch five largemouth bass You cannot transport more than 100 crayfish
lead or zinc sinkers.
(daily bag limit is five) and catch a bigger across the state line in a 24-hour period unless
largemouth bass later that day, it is legal to you are commercially raising crayfish. You may
Tagging and Marking release any of the other fish in good condition use artificial lighting to take crayfish.
in order to keep the larger one. Fish must be If you plan to catch your own minnows or
Anyone interested in marking or tagging fish in
released into the water from which they were crayfish, the following rules apply. (See page 20
public water must get approval from the DNR
taken and be able to swim away normally. All for special minnow and crayfish collecting
Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) before mark-
fish in possession must meet legal size limits. regulations on the Ohio River.)
ing or tagging occurs.
An application, available from DFW, must • S
eines cannot be larger than 12 feet in length
be processed 21 days before the scheduled start and 4 feet deep with mesh no larger than ½
date. Call (317) 232-4080 for more information. inch stretch. (Stretch is the distance between
two opposite knots of a net mesh when the
net is stretched tight.)
• Minnow dip nets cannot exceed 3 feet
square, without sides or walls, and may not
have mesh larger than ½ inch stretch.
How To Measure • M
innow traps cannot exceed 24 inches in
Your Fish length, with the opening of the trap no larger
than 2 inches in diameter. Traps for crayfish
To determine the accurate length of also must comply with these requirements.
a fish, measure a straight line from
• Cast nets may be used, provided the net is no
the tip of the jaw (mouth closed) to Total Length
the tip of the compressed tail fin.
larger than 20 feet in diameter and the mesh
Measure with mouth closed and stretch is no larger than ¾ inch.
tail compressed to determine total • A person cannot use a cast net, seine or any
length. other device to collect minnows extending
Measure shovelnose sturgeon from from a dam downstream 500 yards on inland
nose to fork in tail fin to determine waters, except on the Ohio River.
length. Do not release minnows into the water after
Fork Length
Fork Length you finish fishing. Emptying bait buckets can
contaminate a body of water with undesirable
fish. In addition, bait and bait buckets exposed

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to lake or stream water could get contaminated gizzard shad and threadfin shad at these bod- • Wall Lake (LaGrange County); minimum
with zebra mussel larvae, fish pathogens, or ies of water. size 16 inches with a daily bag limit of two
other aquatic invasive species. Anglers are Live gizzard shad or threadfin shad col-
Walleye taken from public waters (lakes,
encouraged to dispense of baitfish in the trash lected from the tailwaters of a lake or col-
rivers and streams) south of State Road 26
after each outing and buy new bait for the next lected from other water bodies must be killed
must be 14 inches or longer, except:
outing. Fishing worms should be discarded in immediately upon capture and cannot be
trash containers. possessed alive. • The Ohio River, where there is no mini-
Wild fish may be used as live bait as long as mum size
the fish was caught legally and meets any size,
catch, or possession limits established for that
Hooks on EF White River There is no minimum size requirement for
saugeye on all state waters, except for Hunt-
species. Goldfish may be used as live bait. Hook restrictions are in place from March 15
ingburg Lake (Dubois County) and Sullivan
Carp cannot be used as live bait at any through April 20 on the East Fork White River
Lake (Sullivan County), where saugeye must
location. from Williams Dam to the Huron and Wil-
be 14 inches in length or longer.
Live alewives may be collected, possessed liams Road bridge in Lawrence County.
Except for the Ohio River, sauger are added to
and used on Lake Michigan only, and may During that time, you cannot fish with
the aggregate bag limit for walleye and saugeye.
not be transported away from Lake Michigan. more than one single hook per line or one
Any unused alewives must be killed. You must artificial lure. Single hooks, including those
immediately kill alewives collected from waters on artificial lures, shall not exceed one-half Special Regulation Waters
other than Lake Michigan. (1/2) inch from point to shank. Double and
On Fidler Pond in Elkhart County, Failing
treble hooks on artificial lures shall not exceed
Lake (also known as Gentian Lake) in Steuben
Gizzard Shad, three-eighths (3/8) inch from point to shank.
County, and Flat Fork Creek Park ponds A and
Threadfin Shad Walleye Size Limits
B in Hamilton County, a person cannot take
more than:
Gizzard shad and threadfin shad can be col-
Walleye taken from all public waters (lakes, riv- • 5 channel catfish per day.
lected and used as live bait on the following
ers and streams) north of State Road 26 must be
waters but may not be transported live away • 2 largemouth bass per day, and the large-
16 inches in length or longer, except for:
from the location where collected: Brookville, mouth bass must be at least 18 inches long.
Cecil M. Harden, Freeman, Hardy, Monroe, • Bass Lake (Starke County) and Wolf Lake
• 15 of any combination of bluegill, redear
Patoka, and Shafer lakes, and the Ohio River (Lake County); minimum size 14 inches
sunfish, and crappie per day.
mainstream (excluding all embayments).
• Lake George (Steuben County); minimum
Cast nets with a maximum mesh size of
size 15 inches
2 inches stretch can be used to collect live

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BASS
REGULATIONS
• Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area, all lakes
STATEWIDE BLACK BASS* REGULATIONS
20-inch minimum size limit and one fish
daily bag limit:
Type of Water Daily Bag Limit Minimum Size
Lakes 5 singly or in aggregate 14 inches
• Turtle Creek Reservoir (Sullivan County)
5 singly or in aggregate 12- to 15-inch slot size limits:
Rivers/Streams 12 to 15 inch slot limit** At the following lakes, largemouth bass that
(no more than 2 bass over 15 inches)
Lake Michigan 3 singly or in aggregate 14 inches
are from 12 to 15 inches in length may not be
harvested. The daily bag limit applies to bass
* Black bass is a term for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. Certain waters have special bag limits and minimum size under 12 inches and over 15 inches.
limits that apply to black bass. See information on this page.
** No black bass between 12 and 15 inches may be harvested. • Buffalo Trace Lake (Harrison County)
The possession limit is two times the daily bag limit. The possession limit does not apply to fish that are processed and stored
at an individual’s primary residence.
• Ferdinand State Forest Lake (Dubois County)
• Montgomery City Park Lake (Daviess County)
16-inch minimum size limit:
Special Lake Regulations 12- to 15-inch slot size limit (no more than
• Cecil M. Harden Lake (Parke County) two bass larger than 15 inches):
Special largemouth bass regulations are in effect
for many Indiana waters. 18-inch minimum size limit and two fish • Big Long Lake (LaGrange County)
The expected benefits of size limits are daily bag limit:
No-minimum-size-limit waters:
an increase in the number of bass caught • Ball Lake (Steuben County)
(although many must be released); an increase • Brownstown Pit (Jackson County)
in size of bass; and in some cases, improve- • Blue Grass, Loon Pit (Warrick County)
• Burdette Park lakes (Vanderburgh County)
ment in bluegill size and increased predation • Fidler Pond in Elkhart County, Failing Lake
on abundant prey like gizzard shad. (also known as Gentian Lake) in Steuben • Chandler Town Lake (Warrick County)
Regulations on bass fishing differ on the County, and Flat Fork Creek Park ponds A • Cypress Lake (Jackson County)
Ohio River. See page 20.
and B in Hamilton County • Deming Park lakes (Vigo County)
Lake Limits (county) • J.C. Murphey Lake (Newton County) • Garvin Park Lake (Vanderburgh County)
15-inch minimum size limit: • Kunkel Lake (Wells County) • Glen Miller Pond (Wayne County)
• Patoka Lake (Orange, Dubois and Crawford • Robinson Lake (Whitley and Kosciusko
counties) • Hayswood Lake (Harrison County)
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No-minimum-size-limit waters (cont.):
• Henry County Memorial Park Lake (Henry Lake Sturgeon – Endangered Species
County)
• Hovey Lake at Hovey Lake Fish & Wildlife Lake Sturgeon Shovelnose Sturgeon
Area (Posey County) Mouth: Upper lip without lobes, Mouth: Upper lip with four lobes,
• Krannert Lake (Marion County) lower lip with two lobes. lower lip with four lobes.

• Lake Sullivan (Marion County) Snout: Cone-shaped, rounded. Snout: Shovel-shaped, flattened.

• Ruster Lake (Marion County) Tail: Rounded, thick caudal Tail: Long, thin caudal peduncle
peduncle not fully scaled; smooth areas fully scaled with bony plates.
• Schnebelt Pond (Dearborn County) between rows of bony plates.
Size: Adults normally caught at 30–40
Size: Adults normally caught at 45–55 inches inches and 3–7 lbs., rarely larger.
Special Regulations and 25–45 lbs.; can reach lengths greater
Range: Wabash and White rivers and occa-
for Rivers & Streams than 6 feet and weights over 100 lbs.
Range: Lower Wabash and White rivers and
sionally in other large rivers.

20-inch minimum size limit and one fish Lake Michigan, possibly in other large lakes
daily bag limit: or rivers.
• Sugar Creek (Montgomery, Parke, Boone,
Clinton and Tipton counties)
12-inch minimum size limit (5 bass daily limit):
• All rivers and streams in Posey, Vander-
burgh, Warrick, Spencer, Perry, Crawford,
Harrison, Floyd, Clark, Jefferson, Switzer- Lake sturgeon: may have small metal tag Shovelnose sturgeon.
land, Ohio and Dearborn counties (with the with number on base of dorsal fin.
exception of the Blue River, where the slot
limit applies in Crawford, Harrison, and
Washington counties).

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INLAND TROUT
REGULATIONS
INLAND TROUT SIZES AND LIMITS
Species Daily Bag Limit Minimum Size
Brook Trout 5 singly or in aggregate
for all trout.
Rainbow Trout 7 inches*
No more than 1 may
Brown Trout be brown trout.

*18-inch minimum size limit for brown trout at Oliver, Olin and Martin lakes in LaGrange
Co., and Brookville Lake tailwater in Franklin Co.

Indiana anglers have two options when it comes to trout fishing —


inland waters and Lake Michigan.
The following information covers regulations for inland trout fishing.
Lake Michigan trout and salmon regulations are on page 18.
Lakes: No closed season for taking trout from inland lakes except
March 15 to April 1 at Greene-Sullivan State Forest.
Streams: The opening day of trout season for inland streams, other
than Lake Michigan tributaries, is the last Saturday in April and runs
through Dec. 31.
The starting time is 6 a.m. local time.
For a list of trout stockings, see wildlife.IN.gov/5457.htm
Catch-and-release applies to all trout streams from Jan. 1 through
April 14. See page 18 for special tributary restrictions and closure
information for Lake Michigan streams.
A closed season for selected trout streams (see below) runs from
April 15 to the last Saturday in April (opening day) while DNR staff
complete the annual trout stockings.
• Pigeon River and Pigeon Creek in LaGrange County from the Steu-
ben County line to CR 410 E (Troxel’s Bridge). This does not include
the impoundment known as Mongo Mill Pond
• Harding Run, Curtis Creek, Bloody Run, and Graveyard Run (tribu-
taries of Pigeon River) in LaGrange County
• Turkey Creek north of CR 100 S in LaGrange County
• Rainbow Pit located on Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area, approxi-
mately one mile east of Ontario in LaGrange County
• Little Elkhart River and Rowe-Eden Ditch in LaGrange County
• Solomon Creek and Cobus Creek in Elkhart County
• L
ittle Kankakee River in LaPorte County from CR 800 E upstream
to Division Road

SWIFT. SILENT. SECURE. • Spy Run Creek within Franke Park in Allen County
• Mississinewa River within the boundaries of the Randolph County
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• B
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Three streams in Elkhart County (totaling 2.8 miles) are designated as
C-Monster 2.0 hydraulic pump and remote year-round “catch-and-release only” and “artificial lures or flies only”
controls. For more information or to find a trout fishing areas. Only artificial lures and artificial flies can be used
dealer near you, go to power-pole.com. in the following catch-and-release waters in Elkhart County:
• Little Elkhart River from CR 43 downstream to CR 16, except for
waters along Riverbend Park from CR 16 upstream to the pedestrian
footbridge
• Solomon Creek from CR 33 downstream to the Elkhart River
• Cobus Creek from Old U.S. 20 downstream to the St. Joseph River
Brown Trout Minimum Size Limit Waters: An 18-inch minimum
size limit exists at Oliver, Olin, and Martin lakes in LaGrange County,
and the Brookville Lake tailwater in Franklin County.

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considered valid. All licensed anglers had an Only “impacts of aquatic invasive species”
equal chance of being chosen, even if they had ranked higher. Habitat enhancement was
only one way of being contacted. also ranked a high priority for the fisheries
The response rate was 30 percent, which is program in general.
considered high in the research world. If you “If we can’t sustain good habitat (includ-
participated, thank you for your time. Your ing water quality), we’re going to struggle to
input will help us greatly. provide quality fishing opportunities, and the
This year some more-specific questions findings show that anglers seem to understand
were asked. Among these were county most that,” Burlingame said. “That’s encouraging.”
often fished, top three water sources you’d Burlingame said he was surprised by how
like stocked (in addition to what species), and high commercial fishing ranked among
which fisheries management and research anglers’ research priorities. Fifty-one percent
efforts were most beneficial. We also asked and 48% of our anglers rated the management
if anglers owned property on certain water of commercial fishing and the impacts of it as
Anglers have no qualms about telling the DNR bodies. This helped us determine how their a 9 or 10 (out of 10, with 10 being most impor-
what they think, and that’s as it should be. opinions might differ, particularly on aquatic tant). Research on commercial fishing was
But some years the feedback is collected in a vegetation, from those who did not own ranked more important than understanding
more formal way than in others. That happened waterfront property. the impacts of regulation changes, monitor-
in 2017. The reason was that, starting in 1977, In terms of findings, Matt Burlingame, ing trends in fisheries communities, predator
the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has con- DNR fisheries biometrician, said overall find- stockings and interactions with prey, and
ducted an angler survey about every 10 years, ings were similar to those from 2005. three other activities.
and the calendar said it was time for another. “One thing that stood out is how much In terms of species fished for most, look
If you didn’t get surveyed, that may have value our anglers place on habitat,” he said. at the boy's catch on this guidebook’s cover.
been by design. No, we didn’t intentionally Anglers rated the management of aquatic Bluegill ranked first again, just as in 1994 and
exclude you, personally, but research methods habitat projects as one of their highest priori- 2005. Largemouth bass ranked first in 1984.
show that if a scientifically random sample ties and identified “improvement of aquatic Complete survey results are at wildlife.
of a certain size is obtained, the results are habitat” as one of the top research priorities. IN.gov/files/fw-2017anglersurvey.pdf.

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LAKE MICHIGAN
REGULATIONS
• N
o fishing is allowed within 100 feet of the
LAKE MICHIGAN AND TRIBUTARIES SIZES AND LIMITS entrances and exits of the fish ladders.
• N
o fishing is allowed by boat or other
Species Daily Bag Limit Minimum Size
watercraft in the St. Joseph River below the
Atlantic Salmon South Bend dam for a distance of 200 feet,
and from the Mishawaka Central Park Dam
Chinook Salmon
downstream to the Main Street Bridge,
Coho Salmon 14 inches Mishawaka.
5 total salmon and trout Lake Michigan,
Pink Salmon
Brown Trout
No more than 3 may be lake trout streams, and Tributary Closures
St. Joseph River
No fishing is allowed within 100 feet upstream
Lake Trout of the Trail Creek sea lamprey barrier or
Steelhead Trout downstream to the Pottawatomie Country
Club Golf Course property line located adja-
Yellow Perch 15 on Lake Michigan only None cent to Springland Avenue in Michigan City.
Lake Whitefish 12 (statewide) None Fishing is not allowed within 100 feet above
or below the Praxair Dam on the East Branch
of the Little Calumet River.

Lake Michigan and its tributaries in Indiana


Tributary Restrictions
provide a number of fishing opportunities
for salmon, trout, perch, whitefish and other You may not possess a fish spear, gig, gaff, Fishing Reports
species.
Any trout or salmon taken from the Lake
bowfishing equipment, crossbow, grab hook,
spear gun, club, snag hook or underwater and More
Michigan tributaries defined in this section spear in or adjacent to the Galena River Fishing reports, public access sites
must be hooked in the mouth. Foul-hooked (LaPorte County), Trail Creek (LaPorte and much more can be found at
fish must be returned to the water. County), the East Branch of the Little Calu- wildlife.IN.gov/3591.htm.
met River (LaPorte and Porter counties), Salt
Additional regulations include:
Creek (Porter County), the West Branch of the
• The bag limit for yellow perch is 15 while Little Calumet River (Lake and Porter coun-
fishing Indiana waters (even if you have a ties), Burns Ditch (Lake and Porter counties),
fishing license from a neighboring state). Deep River downstream from the dam at
Camp 133 (Lake County), or the tributaries to
• You can take bowfin, buffalo, carp, gar,
these waters.
shad, and sucker from Lake Michigan with
a bow and arrow.
• You cannot use a trot line (power line), set
Hook Restrictions
line or throw line to take fish from Lake You may not fish with more than one single
Michigan. hook per line or one artificial lure in the waters
including Lake Michigan tributaries, and the
• See page 12 for Lake Michigan bass
St. Joseph River and its tributary streams from
regulations.
the Twin Branch Dam downstream to the
Michigan state line (St. Joseph County).
Single hooks, including those on artificial
lures, cannot exceed ½ inch from point to
shank. Double and treble hooks are allowed
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GIZZARD
SHAD

Public Enemy No. 1 for Bluegills


Preventing unintentional shad stocking is
easy but sometimes requires a reminder.
“Anglers should never dump their bait
bucket in the water,” Carnahan said. “Leftover
bait needs to go in the trash.”
Preventing intentional stockings is tougher.
It requires help from ethical fishermen and
an understanding that it’s counterproduc-
tive from those who may be tempted. And
it’s illegal, carrying a penalty of a Class C
misdemeanor.
Still, introduced populations of shad have
been found at Shakamak State Park’s three
Bluegill are the No. 1 pursued fish in Indiana. intentionally or unintentionally, and by bait lakes (Sullivan County), Beaver Dam (Dubois
That’s why the fish and one of its newest fans buckets being dumped. Making sure those County), West Boggs (Daviess County), Patoka
grace the cover of this guide, and why it’s the things don’t happen is the responsibility of all (Dubois County), Worster (St. Joseph County),
cover feature story. of those who enjoy fishing. and Indian (Perry County) lakes.
Public enemy No. 1 for bluegill fishing is Some people intentionally transfer live shad Correcting the problem is expensive and
gizzard shad. Shad compete for the same to other waters thinking it will fatten that time-consuming. Either the lake’s entire fishery
food as the state’s favorite fish. In waters that lake’s largemouth bass. That may happen in as well as those of its incoming streams need to
include both species, this tussle inevitably the short term but it’s fool’s gold. Once shad be renovated or the lake needs to be drained to
results in smaller bluegill. The biggest bluegill take over, the survival of bass fry will stagnate a completely dry bottom, and every fish must be
in a shad-dominated lake is usually no more because the competition for food and space is a killed with a fish toxicant. After that happens,
than 7 inches. Most won’t see 6 inches. game they can’t win. And neither can bluegill. the lake must be re-stocked with a popular sport
Shad grow and reproduce faster than “The negative impacts of the reduced large- fish, like bluegill, redear sunfish, largemouth
bluegill. Even though shad are native to nearly mouth bass population size and poor bluegill bass, black crappie and channel catfish.
all of Indiana, there are many lakes where growth far outweigh the positives of a gizzard The most recent fisheries renovation by DNR
shad don’t dominate. But it doesn’t take much shad population,” said Dan Carnahan, south fisheries biologists occurred at West Boggs
to tip that balance in favor of shad, which are region fisheries supervisor. Lake in 2014.
commonly 7 to 14 inches long and can reach Shad are legal live bait only in the follow- Don’t allow another such project to become
lengths of 20 inches. That’s too big to eat for ing shad-positive waters: Patoka, Monroe, necessary. If you use live bait, don’t dump
most predatory fish, such as largemouth bass Brookville, Cecil M. Harden (Raccoon), Free- your leftovers in the water. If you see someone
and crappie. man, Hardy and Shafer lakes, and in the Ohio transferring shad, call the DNR Law Enforce-
Sometimes shad enter lakes from other River, but they have to have been collected from ment Tip Line at 1-800-TIP-IDNR (847-4367).
water bodies through flooding. That’s tough to the water body in which they are used. It is If you suspect a shad problem where you are
control. The main way they get from one body illegal transport live shad on the road. The only fishing, call your district biologist, as listed in
of water to another is by stocking—either legal way to transport shad is to kill them first. this guide on page 30.

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OHIO RIVER
REGULATIONS
Paddlefish may not be taken from any por-
OHIO RIVER DAILY BAG AND SIZE LIMITS tion of Indiana waters of the Ohio River on a
sport fishing license. It is also illegal to take
Species Daily Bag Limit Minimum Size paddlefish from any other waters of Indiana
Largemouth Bass on a sport fishing license.
12 inches All other fish, except those classified as
Smallmouth Bass 6*
No size limit on spotted bass threatened or endangered, may be taken with
Spotted Bass the same sport fishing methods described
Hybrid Bass above, as well as with the following methods:
Striped Bass No more than four fish may be 15 • Long or compound bow with an arrow
30*
White Bass inches or longer having one or more barbs and an attached
Yellow Bass line. Catfish cannot be taken with bow and
Rock Bass 15 None arrow during nighttime hours (½ hour after
Blue Catfish None** 13 inches
sunset until ½ hour before sunrise).
Channel Catfish None*** 13 inches • G
igging from Feb. 1 to May 10 with any
Flathead Catfish None** 13 inches pronged or barbed instrument attached
to the end of a rigid object. You cannot
Crappie 30 None
take a fish by gigging from either a boat or
Muskellunge platform.
2* 30 inches
Tiger Muskellunge
Walleye Where to Fish on the Ohio
Sauger 10* None
Much of the best fishing on the Ohio River is
Hybrid Walleye (Sauger)
concentrated near dams; however, a person
Shovelnose Sturgeon None 25 inches shall not take fish within 200 yards below any
*Singly or in aggregate means that the daily bag limit includes any combination of the species. dam on the Ohio River except by fishing pole
** No more than one may be 35 inches or longer. or hand line.
*** No more than one may be 28 inches or longer. Access fees may be charged at some sites.
• J .T. Myers Dam (Uniontown Dam), 15
miles southwest of Mount Vernon in Posey
Sport Fishing on the Ohio While fishing for sport fish, you may use
only poles or hand lines, float-fishing meth-
County, accessible at Hovey Lake FWA
• N
ewburgh Dam—in the town of Newburgh
These regulations are the result of a coopera- ods, set lines with one single- or multi-barbed
off State Road 66
tive effort by Indiana and five other Ohio River hooks, or up to two trot lines with no more
states. In many cases, these rules differ sig- than 50 single- or multi-barbed hooks per • C
annelton Dam—follow Taylor Street
nificantly from other laws and regulations in line. These lines must be spaced at least 18 south from State Road 66 in Cannelton
Indiana. These rules and regulations apply only inches apart. Trot lines must be check at least
• McAlpine Dam—located at Clarksville
to the main stem of the Ohio River and do not once every 24 hours. Each set line and trot
include any tributaries or embayments, where line must have affixed at least one legible tag • F
alls of the Ohio State Park—accessible
general Indiana fishing regulations apply. marked with the name and address of the user boat ramp located at George Rogers Clark
An agreement between Indiana and Ken- or the individual’s customer identification Homesite in Clarksville (Access at New
tucky allows that each state will recognize number (issued by the DNR). Albany off of Water Street in Jaycee River-
the fishing license issued by the other state Trot lines can be attached only to a tree front Park)
on the main stem of the Ohio River, exclud- limb, a tree trunk, a bank pole or the bank
• M
arkland Dam—near Markland in Swit-
ing embayments and tributaries. This means itself. Each drop line on a trot line can bear
zerland County. Accessible at DamVue
you can fish the Ohio River bank to bank only one single or multi-barbed hook.
River Camp or Vevay boat ramp
with a license issued by either state. To fish Snagging is prohibited as a sport fishing
embayments or tributaries, you must obtain a method on the Ohio River. Minnows and Crayfish
license from that state. An angler must abide Ohio River sport fish include largemouth You may take minnows or crayfish from the
by the regulations of the state by which they bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, yellow Ohio River by the following methods only:
are licensed except that when fishing from the bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead cat-
• A
minnow trap not to exceed 3 feet long
bank they shall follow the regulations of the fish, black crappie, white crappie, tiger mus-
and 18 inches in diameter nor having a
state in which they are fishing. kellunge, northern pike, trout, and paddlefish.
throat opening greater than 2 inches in
diameter
Wabash • A dip net no more than 3 feet in diameter
River • A
minnow seine no more than 30 feet long
and 6 feet deep nor having mesh size larger
than ¼ inch bar mesh
Ohio • A
cast net not to exceed 20 feet in diameter
River nor having mesh size larger than ¾ inch
stretch
• L
egal sportfishing methods listed on this
J.T. Myers Dam Newburgh Cannelton McAlpine Markland page
(Uniontown Dam) Dam Dam Dam Dam

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REPTILES
& AMPHIBIANS

REPTILES/AMPHIBIANS SEASONS AND LIMITS

Possession
Species Season Daily Bag Limit Restrictions
Limit

Game turtles
Eastern Snapping Turtle
July 1, 2017 to Turtle traps may be used but may not have an opening below the
Smooth Softshell Turtle 4** 8**
March 31, 2018 water surface.
Spiny Softshell Turtle
Game frogs
Frogs may be taken with gig or spear with a head not more than 3
Bull Frog inches in width and a single row of tines; long bow and arrow; club;
June 15, 2017 to hands alone; or pole or hand line with not more than one hook or
25* 50*
April 30, 2018 artificial lure attached. Firearms for frog hunting are restricted to
Green Frog .22-caliber loaded with bird shot only , or an air rifle that fires a lead
pellet (.177 diameter minimum) at least 500 feet per second.
* Singly or in aggregate, which means the catch limit includes any combination of the species. ** 12-inch minimum carapace length

All reptiles and amphibians native to Indiana the turtle's neck to a central point on the back may take game frog and turtle species from a
are regulated species. edge directly above the turtle's tail. DNR property where fishing and hunting is
Species of frogs, lizards, salamanders, A license is required to take a reptile or authorized.
snakes, toads, or turtles on the state- or amphibian from the wild (see table above). Other species of reptiles and amphibians
federal-endangered species list may not be Indiana residents older than 17 must pos- may not be taken from any DNR property (see
taken at any time. Eastern box turtles cannot sess a valid fishing or hunting license while wildlife.IN.gov/3328.htm).
be collected from the wild at any time. collecting species of reptiles or amphibians The daily bag limit is 25 for game frog
Eastern snapping turtles, smooth softshell from the wild. species and four for game turtle species. The
turtles, and spiny softshell turtles can be All nonresident adults and nonresident possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.
taken only between July 1 and March 31 of youth must possess a nonresident annual fish- Reptiles and amphibians collected from the
the following year and must have a carapace ing or hunting license while collecting reptiles wild in Indiana may not be sold.
(shell) length of at least 12 inches. or amphibians from the wild. Only legally collected amphibians or
Carapace length is the straight-line meas- License holders must obey season dates and reptiles held for fewer than 30 days may be
ure along the top surface of the shell from the bag limits, and use legal methods. An indi- released at their original capture site if they
central point of the front edge directly behind vidual with a valid fishing or hunting license have never been housed with another animal.

Rare Salamanders
Be on the lookout for these salamanders! If caught, please cut the line, release unharmed, and contact (812) 334-1137.

Hellbenders
• A giant aquatic salamander that can • Feed mainly on crayfish, not fish
reach 2 ½ feet in length • They are NOT venomous
Round
prominent • Found in the tributaries of the • Their slime is not poisonous
toes Wabash and Ohio Rivers in South- • They have no negative effects on
ern Indiana fish populations
Wrinkles on side
• Prefer cool, rocky, swiftly flowing • Endangered in Indiana
No external gills
d
streams
Flat and rounded hea
• Their presence indicates good
water quality
Pointed snout
Small pointy toes.

Mudpuppies
• A large aquatic salamander that • Feed on crayfish, larval insects, and
can reach 16 inches in length small fish
External gills. • Found throughout Indiana • They are NOT venomous
Sometimes Stripe from
these will nose through • Live in lakes, ponds, rivers, and • Their slime is not poisonous
appear eye to gills streams • They have no negative effects on
bright red.
• Their presence indicates good fish populations
Photo courtesy of Greg Lipps
water quality • Special concern in Indiana

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WELCOME

Angler Dollars F U N D C O N S E R V AT I O N
Fishing and hunting have a long history in more than $300 million, including nearly $18
Indiana, and Hoosiers have contributed to
conservation since the first fishing license was
million in 2017 alone.
The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife relies Where to Fish
sold in the early 1900s. on the revenue generated from these dedi- Looking for a place to fish?
With future generations in mind, regu- cated funding programs.
The DNR can get you there with Where
lated fishing and hunting was established to License sales and WSFR funds currently
to Fish, an online interactive map that
protect fish and wildlife species from being contribute about 87 percent of the Division’s provides a wealth of information on hun-
overharvested. funding. In total, roughly 96 percent of all dreds of public access sites in Indiana.
Ever since, proceeds generated from funding for the Division is from sources exclu-
licenses, including habitat and fish stamps, sive for fish and wildlife resources. The toolbar features a number of func-
have gone directly into managing those spe- The majority of funds are generated from tions that allow you to search for loca-
cies and their habitats, furthering conserva- fishing and hunting activities, but the conser- tions by water body, county or DNR
tion and recreation. The success of conserving vation programs benefit everyone. Whether property; find driving directions; and
print your findings.
our natural resources would not have been it’s launching a canoe at a public access site,
possible without this user-pay, user-benefit viewing sandhill cranes, or the public benefits Clicking on a specific site provides addi-
model, which remains in effect today. gained from fish and habitat surveys to improve tional information about motor restric-
In addition to licenses, an excise tax on fish- the quality of aquatic habitats, these are all sup- tions, ADA accessibility, shoreline fishing
ing equipment, boat engines, motorboat fuel, ported by the license and WSFR funds. opportunities, applicable fees, what spe-
and hunting equipment is collected for the Recreation related to fish and wildlife cies of fish are common, fishing reports,
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) (including wildlife watching) is a $1.7 billion and the site’s latitude and longitude
program, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service industry in Indiana that benefits businesses (great for GPS users!).
administers WSFR funds that are dedicated and contributes to the quality of life that Check it out.
solely to the conservation of fish and wildlife. Hoosiers desire.
The WSFR program began in 1937 and has Support from anglers and hunters is critical Wildlife.IN.gov/3591.htm
distributed more than $19 billion across the to sustaining healthy fish and wildlife popula-
nation for the conservation of fish and wildlife tions and to providing recreational opportu-
species and their habitats, and associated rec- nities for current and future generations of
reational opportunities. Indiana has received Hoosiers.

Four New Public Access Sites Added


The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) The Patoka River site was a partnership
provides more than 400 public boat ramps with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The
on lakes and rivers, giving Hoosiers access to Thousand Islands Lake site is part of an addi-
hundreds of miles of streams and thousands tion to Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area.
of acres of water. The DFW also relocated the Center Lake
DFW continues to improve water access for public access site in Warsaw in Kosciusko
anglers and boaters throughout the state each County. The ramp was moved to the east side
year. In 2017, the DFW built four new sites and of the lake to allow for a larger parking area.
relocated another. The public access program began in 1953.
The four new sites are in Owen County, Three-quarters of the funding for public access
near Gosport, on the White River; in Daviess comes through the federal sportfish restoration
County, near French Lick, on the Patoka program, which is derived from excise taxes on
Lake tailwater on the Patoka River; in Fayette motorboat fuel and fishing equipment. DFW’s
County, near Connersville, a canoe launch remaining portion is funded through revenue
area on the Whitewater River; and in Greene from fishing and hunting licenses.
County, near Linton, serving Thousand While the program continues to improve,
Islands Lake. free public access remains unavailable or
“Gosport was a great addition to the public inadequate at many state-owned waters. DFW
access program,” public access supervisor is always looking to expand access by acquir-
Bill Seegers said. “It helps fulfill our goal of ing sites. DFW can acquire sites by buying
access every 10 navigable river miles on the property at fair market value from willing
White River.” sellers, leasing property from organizations
The Connersville canoe ramp is the first and local government agencies, and accepting
public access site in Fayette County and suitable donations.
the first on Whitewater River. It was com- If you have information on a potential
pleted with a lot of help from the City of public access site, contact Bill Seegers at
Connersville. (812) 526-2051.

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RECORD
FISH PROGRAM

Four Species Weight


INDIANA FISH RECORDS
Water, County Angler Year

Records Set Atlantic Salmon


Bighead Carp
Blue Catfish
14 lb., 4 oz.
53 lb., 8 oz.
104 lb.
Lake Michigan (Lake)
White River (Pike)
Ohio River
Gene Tarrant
Duane Stafford
Bruce Midkiff
1979
2000
1999
Occasionally, the big-fish bite is on. Bluegill 3 lb., 4 oz. Pond (Greene) Harold L. Catey 1972
In the first two months of 2017, it was on for Bowfin (Dogfish) 16.52 lb. Mutton Creek (Jackson) Paul Huber 2009
lake whitefish, big time.
Brook Trout 3 lb., 15 1/2 oz. Lake Gage (Steuben) Sonny Bashore 1973
Two records were set for the species by
anglers fishing Lake Michigan. Brown Trout 29.3 lb. Lake Michigan (Lake) Glen Duesing 2006
First, Josh Pisowicz broke the record set Buffalo 53.9 lb. Oak Hill Pond (Gibson) Kenneth Houchin 2002
by Dan Rostecki the year before. On Feb. Bullhead 4.9 lb. Potato Creek SP (St. Joseph) Darren Robertson 1994
19, Posowicz was targeting whitefish on the Burbot 7 lb., 11 oz. Lake Michigan Larry Milicki 1990
Michigan City pier when he caught a 5-pound, Channel Catfish 37 lb., 8 oz. Lake (Vanderburgh) Randy E. Jones 1980
9-ounce specimen. Pisowicz promptly submit-
Chinook Salmon 38 lb. Trail Creek (LaPorte) Rich Baker 1980
ted the required record-fish application to
DNR officials. The next day, his fish was certi- Cisco 3 lb., 12 oz. Big Cedar Lake (Whitley) Phillip Wisniewski 1980
fied as breaking the record by 1 ounce. Coho Salmon 20 lb., 12 oz. Lake Michigan (LaPorte) John Beutner 1972
On Feb. 28, Alexander Ciesielski submit- Common Carp 43 lb., 4 oz. Pike Lake (Kosciusko) Russell Long 1989
ted a record-fish application for a 5-pound, Crappie 4 lb., 11 oz. Private Lake (Jennings) Willis Halcomb 1994
13-ounce whitefish he had caught near Por- Flathead Catfish 79 lb. 8 oz. White River (Lawrence) Glen T. Simpson 1966
tage Lakefront Park—on Jan. 21.
Flier 3 1/2 oz. Stream (Jackson) Harold H. Otte 1983
Ciesielski was not targeting whitefish, but
said he knew as soon as he landed this one Freshwater Drum 30 lb. White River (Martin) Garland Fellers 1963
that he had a record contender. Goldeye 2.3 lb. Wabash River (Vermillion) Brock Marietta 2008
DNR officials certified Ciesielski’s record on Grass Carp 65.2 lb. Private Pond (Morgan) David Hughes 2002
March 3. Green Sunfish 1 lb., 10 oz. Pit (Fountain) Terry Keller 1987
The state established a category for lake Hybrid Striped Bass 22 lb., 2 oz. Tippecanoe River (Carroll) David G. Coffman 2005
whitefish in 2012. Ciesielski’s fish marked the Hybrid Walleye 8 lb., 8 oz. Scottsburg Reservoir (Scott) Doug Young 1999
fifth record Indiana lake whitefish.
Lake Trout 37.55 lb. Lake Michigan Tyler Kreighbaum 2016
Whitefish have long been targets of com-
mercial fishing operations in northern Lake 5 lb., 13 oz. Lake Michigan (Portage) Alexander Ciesielski 2017
Lake Whitefish
Michigan due to demand for their flaky white 5 lb., 9 oz. Lake Michigan (LaPorte) Joshua Pisowicz 2017
flesh. Recently, sport anglers started targeting Largemouth Bass 14 lb., 12 oz. Lake (Harrison) Jenifer Schultz 1991
them in southern Lake Michigan. Longnose Gar 22.32 lb. White River/East Fork (Pike) Mark Brittain 2008
Whitefish are a great resource for Hoo- Muskellunge 42 lb., 8 oz. James Lake (Kosciusko) Darrin Conley 2002
siers because they are abundant, delicious
Northern Pike 30 lb., 2 oz. Clear Lake (Steuben) Jack Barnes 1992
and accessible to shore anglers, according to
DNR Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Pink Salmon 2 lb., 12 1/2 oz. Lake Michigan (Lake) Richard J. Lisac 1985
Breidert. Rainbow Trout 18 lb., 8 oz. Clear Lake (Steuben) Bill Bigger 1988
“And they can be caught using simple Redear Sunfish 3 lb., 10 oz. Lake (Brown) R. Peckman 1974
techniques, such as bottom fishing with a 1- to Rock Bass 3 lb. Sugar Creek (Hancock) David Thomas 1969
2-ounce weight, a 12- to 24-inch leader, and Sauger 6 lb., 1 oz Tippecanoe River (Carroll) Mark Bigger 1983
a small hook baited with waxworms, salmon
Shortnose Gar 1.58 lb. Wabash River (Wabash) Lindsey Fleshood 2010
eggs or bits of night crawler,” Breidert said.
Whitefish can be caught from most of Indi- Shovelnose Sturgeon 14 lb., 8 oz. Wabash River (Fountain) Mike Latoz 1999
ana’s shore access on Lake Michigan. White River/West Fork
Silver Carp 15 lb, 8 oz. Daniel Keller 2003
Typically, the best fishing occurs between (Greene)
November and April, when near-shore water Skipjack Herring 0.55 lbs Wabash River (Huntington) Joseph Bickel 2017
temperatures are below 50 degrees. Smallmouth Bass 7 lb., 4 oz. Twin Lake (LaGrange) Dana Yoder 1992
Another new species category was added to Spotted Bass 5 lb., 5 oz. (Vigo) Larry Hinesley Jr. 2006
the record book last year. That happened after Spotted Gar 6.78 lb. Gravel Pit (Vermillion) Nick Waugh 2017
Joseph Bickel entered a 0.55-pound, 13-inch
Steelhead Trout 26.62 lb. Trail Creek (LaPorte) Evan Nicholson 1999
skipjack herring he caught on July 23 from the
Wabash River in Huntington County. Striped Bass 39.08 lb. Cecil M. Harden Lake (Parke) Jonathan VanHook 2010
The final record-breaker for 2017 was Sucker 12 lb., 3.3 oz White River (Bartholomew) John Britton 1991
caught on Aug. 3, by Nick Waugh. He pulled Tiger Muskellunge 24 lb. Wolf Lake (Lake) Michael Senics 1995
in a 6.78-pound spotted gar from a gravel pit Tiger Trout 3 lb. Lake Michigan (Lake) Mike Ratter 1978
in Vermillion County. 14 lb., 4 oz. Kakakee River (Lake) Leon Richart 1974
For more information about Indiana’s Walleye
14 lb., 4 oz. Tippecanoe River (Pulaski) Donald Tedford 1977
Record Fish program, which started in 1963
Warmouth 1.4 lb. North Dugger Pit (Sullivan) Jack Tolbert 2002
and is based on weight, go to wildlife.IN.gov/
3577.htm. White Bass 4 lb., 3 oz. Lake Freeman (Carroll) James Wagner 1965
White Catfish 9.72 lb. Pond (Wabash) Melissa Grimes 1985
Yellow Bass 2 lb., 15 oz. Morse Reservoir (Hamilton) Jim Raymer 2000
Yellow Perch 2 lb., 8 oz. Gravel Pit (Vigo) Roy W. Burkel Jr. 1981

2018-2019 INDIANA FISHING GUIDE 23


2017
FISH OF THE YEAR

Six Big Fish from


Tippecanoe River
2017 FISH OF THE YEAR CONTEST WINNERS Coho salmon, Tom Berg

Family Common Name Length Water (County) Angler


Of the 82 fish entered, 34 awards were given to
Largemouth Bass 27.00 Private Pond (Morgan) Jared Swint 26 anglers for Fish of the Year in 2017.
Several anglers won multiple categories.
Black Bass Smallmouth Bass 23.00 Tippecanoe River (Pulaski) Mark Holbrook For the second year in a row, Mark Hol-
Spotted Bass 16.50 White Lick Creek (Morgan) Josh Chrenko
brook won for bowfin and walleye, and he
added Northern pike (tie) and smallmouth
Crappie 14.50 Private Lake (Knox) Ethen Francis bass to his list of wins—all caught from the
Tippecanoe River in Pulaski County.
Flier 6.38 Intermittent Creek (Vanderburgh) Isaac Morris Isaac Morris also won four awards for fish
Green Sunfish 10.50 Planut's Lake (Clay) Jeff Thompson caught in southwestern Indiana: flier, grass
carp, redfin pickerel and redspotted sunfish.
Sunfish Longear Sunfish 8.50 Old Lake (Whitley) Mark Buckmaster Michael Cripple won for bighead and silver
carp that he landed from the West Fork of the
Redear Sunfish 12.25 Midland Lake (Greene) Kevin Hamrick
White River in Marion County.
Redspotted Sunfish 4.38 South Fork Patoka Isaac Morris Hao Wu landed the winning hybrid striped
bass and white bass from the Tippecanoe
Rock Bass 12.50 Lake Maxinkuckee (Marshall) Jeff Armstrong River in Carroll County.
15.50 Private Pond (Johnson) Gregory Zentz
It was a competitive year for three species
Bullhead categories in particular.
15.50 Lake Maxinkuckee (Marshall) Stuart West Thirteen entries were submitted for walleye
Catfish ranging between 22.0 and 31.0 inches. Simi-
Channel Catfish 26.00 Woodbridge Estates (Vanderburgh) Cody Pate larly, the largemouth bass category had eight
Flathead Catfish 52.00 Ohio River (Clark) Edwin Brochin entries ranging from 21.0 to 27.0 inches, while
seven entries were recorded for smallmouth
Sauger 22.00 Tippecanoe River (White) Brad Sedam bass ranging from 18.5 to 23.0 inches.
Josh Chrenko won with a 16.5-inch spotted
Perch Walleye 31.00 Tippecanoe River (Pulaski) Mark Holbrook
bass—the largest entered into the program
Yellow Perch 13.50 Lake of the Woods (Marshall) Richard Wood since 2008 and just the 11th spotted bass
recorded in the program since 1966.
Cisco 15.38 Little Crooked Lake (Whitley) Robert Ecenbarger Joseph Bickel won with an 11.5-inch skip-
Trout Coho Salmon 26.50 Salt Creek (Porter) Tom Berg
jack herring, just the second recorded in the
history of the program.
Steelhead Trout 35.50 Lake Michigan (LaPorte) Joey Kogut Entering the annual Fish of the Year contest
is easy, and the rules are simple to follow. Visit
Hybrid Striped Bass 31.50 Tippecanoe River (Carroll) Hao Wu wildlife.IN.gov/3577.htm for more information.
True Bass Striped Bass 37.50 Hardy Lake (Scott) Kody Neece If you think you’ve caught a winner, there are
three easy ways (online, mail, email) to enter
White Bass 21.50 Tippecanoe River (Carroll) Hao Wu after you measure the fish and have at least one
person who is not a relative witness the measure-
Muskellunge 47.00 Lake Webster (Kosciusko) Mike Sawa
ment and include his/her contact information.
41.00 Tippecanoe River (Pulaski) Mark Holbrook • Online, enter the required information
Pike Northern Pike
41.00 Pine Lake (LaPorte) Alan Buvelot using the online entry form (wildlife.
IN.gov/9453.htm) and submit a photo of
Redfin Pickerel 7.50 Bayou Creek (Vanderburgh) Isaac Morris the fish and a copy of your fishing license (if
required) to recordfish@dnr.IN.gov.
Bighead Carp 34.25 WF White River (Marion) Michael Cripple
• B
y mail, print and complete an entry form
Common Carp 37.00 Lake Michigan (LaPorte) Nik Nowak (wildlife.IN.gov/3577.htm) and include a
Minnow
Grass Carp 32.00 South Fork Patoka (Gibson) Isaac Morris photo of the fish and a copy of your fishing
license (if required) to Record Fish Program,
Silver Carp 30.50 WF White River (Marion) Michael Cripple Division of Fish and Wildlife, 402 W. Wash-
ington St., Room 273, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Bowfin (Dogfish) 28.00 Tippecanoe River (Pulaski) Mark Holbrook
• B
y email, submit electronic version of
Other Freshwater Drum 29.00 WF White River (Hamilton) Shawn Mickelson the entry form and attach a photo of the
Skipjack Herring 11.50 Wabash River (Huntington) Joseph Bickel fish and a copy of your fishing license (if
required) to recordfish@dnr.IN.gov.

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FISH IDENTIFICATION Unless noted, all illustrations by Rick Hill, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Sunfish

Bluegill Redear Black Crappie White Crappie


5 to 9 vertical bars on sides, Opercle flap (ear) is tipped with 7 to 8 dorsal spines, random 6 dorsal spines, black side
black opercle flat (ear) with no red or orange margin. blotches on sides. markings form vertical bars
margin, dark spot at rear of rather than random spots.
dorsal fin.

Black Bass True Bass

Largemouth Bass Smallmouth Bass Hybrid Striped White Bass


Upper jaw extends beyond Upper jaw does not extend Two tooth patches on back of Single tooth patch on back of
back of eye. beyond back of eye. tongue are joined, first stripe below tongue, first stripe below lateral
lateral line complete to tail, stripes line not complete to tail.
above lateral line usually broken.

Spotted Bass Striped Bass


Red eye, horizontal lines of dark spots Tooth patches on back of tongue in two parallel
on lower sides, upper jaw does not patches, first stripe below lateral line complete
extend beyond back of eye. to tail, stripes above lateral line are unbroken.

Catfish

Blue Catfish Channel Catfish Flathead Catfish


30 to 35 anal fin rays, anal fin 24 to 29 rays in rounded anal fin, 14 to 17 anal fin rays, caudal fin slightly
margin is straight, caudal fin is caudal fin is deeply forked, dark rounded or slightly notched.
deeply forked. spots on sides when young.

Perch Salmon

Sauger Walleye Chinook Salmon or King Salmon Coho Salmon


3 or 4 saddle shaped blotches No spots on dorsal fin, dusky Teeth are set in dark gums, black spots Teeth are set in light color
on back and sides, spotted spot at rear of spiny dorsal fin, on back and both lobes of square caudal gums, black spots on upper
dorsal fin. lower tip of tail and anal fin are fin, 15 to 17 anal fin rays. lobe of slightly forked caudal
white. fin, 12 to 15 anal fin rays.

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Illustrations of coho salmon, northern pike courtesy of © Tim Knepp/ USFWS
Illustrations of chinook salmon and lake trout by © Virgil Beck, courtesy of Wisconsin DNR

Trout

Brown Trout Rainbow Trout or Steelhead Lake Trout


White mouth, teeth and gums; caudal fin White mouth, teeth and gums; small White mouth, teeth and
margin square with no spots on upper or lower black spots on back, sides, caudal and gums; caudal fin deeply
lobe; stream dwelling browns possess some dorsal fins, caudal fin margin is square; 9 forked, body color light to
orange/red spots on sides; resident brown to 12 anal fin rays. dark gray with light spots.
trout in Lake Michigan possess black X-shaped
markings on sides.

Northern Pike & Muskellunge

Northern Pike Muskellunge


Elongated body and head with tooth-filled Elongated body and head with tooth-filled
mouth shaped like a duck bill; white belly mouth shaped like a duck bill; coloration
with green to yellow sides featuring rows of varies but typically dark vertical bar mark-
lighter horizontal spots or streaks. Coloration ings on green or brown background.
can vary depending on habitat — light green
from lake to dark green from river.

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FISH CONSUMPTION
The consumption advisory is based on a Eating fish from rivers and streams is
model that people are consuming 8 oz. of fish generally a much higher concern. Most
on 225 days each year over 70 years. A deter- water bodies carrying do-not-eat consump-
mination can then be made from concentra- tion advisories for all species are streams. The
tions of contaminants in fish tested as to how fish consumption advisory has an extensive
frequently they can be safely eaten (note the list of rivers and streams that have species
fish consumption advisory groups). with group 4 and 5 consumption advisories;
The consumption recommendation groups however, many streams contain species with
range from 1 to 5 with 1 being unlimited low levels of contaminants. Several of the
consumption and 5 being do not eat. Most major fished rivers that have some group 4 and
anglers do not eat wild-caught fish nearly this 5 species are listed. Many of these rivers and
frequently. As a result, if they are aware of the streams contain some very good catch-and-
contaminant levels that likely are in the fish release fisheries.
they catch, they should have little concern Consult the Indiana Fish Consumption
about eating them. Advisory for much more detailed information
The primary concern is the sensitive pop- at https://secure.in.gov/isdh/23650.htm.
ulation. This population comprises women For more information on the fish consump-
of childbearing years, nursing and pregnant tion advisory or answers to questions con-
mothers, and children age 17 and younger. cerning the advisory, contact:
The reason for extra concern is evidence of
Indiana State Department of Health
developmental problems in babies and young
Division of Environmental Public Health
Crappie can make a tasty— children from contaminants at levels lower
100 N. Senate Ave., Room N855
and healthy—meal. than what can be safely eaten by male adults
Indianapolis, IN 46204
and women who cannot become pregnant.
(317) 233-9264
The advisory reflects this concern.
Is it Safe to Eat Your Fish? However, it is also important for this popu-
lation to obtain the nutrients from eating the Guidelines to Reduce
Eating recreationally caught fish from Indiana
waters can be healthy and tasty when you have
right fish during this time period. Combining
consumption of wild-caught fish with fre-
Your Risk
the proper information. The following section quently eaten commercial sources of fish con-
• Assume that any fish you catch is a group 2
should alleviate most anglers’ concerns about taining contaminants could pose a health risk.
if the site in which you caught it is not listed
eating wild-caught fish. Making the best choices in both sources of
or the site where you are fishing is not listed
It’s all about a person’s exposure to con- fish can help women and children obtain the
in the advisory.
taminants over time. The two contaminants benefits from fish while avoiding the health
that drive the fish consumption advisory risks. Note the commercial fish consumption • Eat smaller, less fatty fish like panfish (blue-
are mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls table for the at-risk group and for people that gill, perch and crappie).
(PCBs). Both contaminants are generally frequently consume commercial fish.
• Remove fat near the skin of the fish before
persistent in the environment at low enough Eating fish from lakes and reservoirs is
cooking and broil, bake, or grill fish so the
levels they do not pose a health risk from generally less of a concern. Contaminant
fat drips away.
direct contact with the water. However, both levels are generally very low in lakes and reser-
contaminants accumulate in fish tissue. The voirs (note major group 1 and 2 fishing waters • Unless noted otherwise, consider all carp
contaminants accumulate in human tissue table). Also note the table containing all of the from rivers and streams to fall under these
like they do in fish and can build to levels that sampled lakes and reservoirs in Indiana that groups: Group 3, 15-20 in.; Group 4, 20-25
could pose a health threat. had species of fish in groups 4 and 5. in.; Group 5, over 25 in.

WILD FISH CONSUMPTION COMMERCIAL FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY


ADVISORY GROUPS
Sensitive Population
Species General Population
Sensitive Advisory*
General
Group Population
Population Fresh or canned salmon; shellfish
Advisory* like shrimp, clams, crab, scallops and
oysters; tilapia; herring; canned "light"
Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited consumption 1 meal per week
1 tuna; sardines; pollock; cod; farm-raised
consumption consumption
catfish; flounder; farm-raised rainbow
trout; haddock; squid; whitefish
2 1 meal per week 1 meal per week
Canned albacore "white" tuna (6 oz.),
3 1 meal per month 1 meal per month freshwater perch, grouper, halibut, 1 meal per week 1 meal per month
mahi-mahi and lobster
1 meal every
4 Do not eat Shark, swordfish, tilefish, king mack-
2 months
eral, orange roughy, Spanish mackeral,
1 meal per month Do not eat
marlin, Chilean sea bass, walleye (Great
5 Do not eat Do not eat Lakes, Canada), fresh and frozen tuna

*Women of childbearing years, pregnant and nursing moth- *Women of childbearing years, nursing mothers, and children age 17 and younger. Contact the ISDH for more detailed
ers, and children age 17 and younger. information on the commercial fish consumption advisory.

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STATE LAKES WITH GROUP 4 & 5 SPECIES MAJOR RIVERS WITH GROUP 4 & 5 SPECIES
GENERAL POPULATION ADVISORY GENERAL POPULATION ADVISORY
(sensitive population should not consume) (sensitive population should not consume)
Size Size
Lake County Species Group River County Species Group
(inches) (inches)
Center Lake Kosciusko Black Bullhead 14+ 4 Little
Hamilton/ Calumet Porter Channel Catfish All 4
Geist Reservoir Channel Catfish 27+ 4 River
Marion
Henderson Lake Noble Bluegill 6+ 4 Walleye < 21 4
Channel Catfish 19+ 4 Maumee
Allen Walleye 21+ 5
River
Hovey Lake Posey Smallmouth Buffalo 19+ 4 Rock Bass 8+ 4
White Bass 12+ 4
Ohio River All counties Channel Catfish 18+ 4
J.Edward Roush Lake Huntington Channel Catfish 28+ 4
Lake Freeman White River Carpsucker 17+ 4 St. Joseph Black Crappie 11+ 4
Allen
Lake James Steuben Northern Pike 36+ 4 River Rock Bass 9+ 4
Black Crappie 8+ 4 Channel Catfish 15+ 4
St. Marys
Channel Catfish all 5 Allen
River Largemouth Bass 15+ 4
Common carp all 5
Wabash Striped Bass 12+ 4
Freshwater Drum 16+ 4 Knox/Sullivan/Vigo
River Wiper 12+ 4
Lake/ Lake Trout 27+ 5
Lake Michigan LaPorte/ Largemouth Bass 7+ 4 Randolph Channel Catfish 16+ 4
Porter Northern Pike 14+ 4
West Fork Marion Channel Catfish 20+ 4
Silver Redhorse < 25 4 White River (downstream of
Silver Redhorse 25+ 5 Broad Ripple dam) Flathead Catfish 15+ 4
/Morgan
Walleye 21+ 4
White Sucker 23+ 4 *Consult the fish consumption advisory for a complete listing.

Lake Shafer White River Carpsucker 17+ 4


Marquette Lagoon/
east & middle basins
Lake Bluegill 7+ 4 STATEWIDE SAFE EATING GUIDELINES
Palestine Lake Kosciusko Largemouth Bass 15+ 4
Recommendations when a waterbody has not been sampled for a particular
Pike Lake Kosciusko Largemouth Bass 13+ 4 species. Fish at or below the size listed should be safe for consumption once
Sylvan Lake Noble Common carp 28+ 4 per week. The Sensitive Population includes women of childbearing years,
Common carp 26+ 4 pregnant and nursing mothers, and children age 17 and younger.
Winona Lake Kosciusko
White Bass 16+ 4 Sensitive
Fish Species General Population
Wolf Lake Lake Largemouth Bass 17+ 4 Population

Largemouth Bass < 13" All

Rock Bass <8 All

Smallmouth Bass < 12" All

ALL STATE WATERS CARRYING Spotted Bass < 10" All

DO-NOT-EAT ADVISORIES FOR ALL SPECIES White, Striped, Hy-


< 18" < 33"
brid Striped Bass
Water County
Buffalo < 19" All
Clear Creek Monroe
Elliot Ditch Tippecanoe Channel Catfish < 23" All
Grand Calumet River/Indiana Harbor Canal Lake
Flathead Catfish < 18" All
Howard — from U.S. 31 to
Kokomo Creek
Wildcat Creek Crappie All All
Little Mississinewa River Randolph
Little Sugar Creek/Walnut Fork Montgomery Freshwater Drum < 14" All
Marquette Lagoon/west basin Lake
Pleasant Run Creek Lawrence Northern Pike < 20" < 41"
Salt Creek downstream of Clear Creek Lawrence/Monroe Redhorse < 22" All
Wea Creek Tippecanoe
Howard/Carroll— down- Sunfish All All
stream from the Waterworks
Wildcat Creek Sauger < 12" All
Dam in Kokomo to the
Tippecanoe County line
Walleye < 19" < 25"

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INDIANA
CONTACT LISTS
District Fisheries Biologists
1. District 1 4. District 4 Lake Michigan Office
LAKE PORTER
LA PORTE

G ST. JOSEPH
A
2
ELKHART
C
LAGRANGE

NOBLE
F
STEUBEN

DEKALB
Tom Bacula Corey DeBoom Brian Breidert STARKE MARSHALL KOSCIUSKO

Kankakee FWA Cikana State Fish Hatchery Lake Michigan Investigation

1 3
JASPER WHITLEY ALLEN
4320 W. Toto Road 2650 SR 44 100 W. Water St. NEWTON PULASKI FULTON

North Judson, IN 46366 Martinsville, IN 46151 Michigan City, IN 46360


(574) 896-3673 (765) 342-5527 (219) 874-6824 WHITE CASS MIAMI WABASH HUNTING- WELLS ADAMS
TON
2. District 2 5. District 5 Big Rivers BENTON CARROLL
Larry Koza Dave Kittaka Fisheries Program HOWARD GRANT BLACK- JAY
Fawn River State Bloomington Field Office Craig Jansen WARREN TIPPECANOE FORD

Fish Hatchery 5596 E. SR 46 Sugar Ridge FWA CLINTON TIPTON


MADISON DELAWARE RANDOLPH
6889 N. SR 327 Bloomington, IN 47401 2310 E. SR 364

4
FOUNTAIN MONTGOMERY BOONE HAMILTON
Orland, IN 46776 (812) 287-8300 Winslow, IN 47598 V
E
R
(260) 829-6241 6. District 6 (812) 789-2724 M
I HENRY WAYNE
L
3. District 3 Rebecca Munter Nongame L
I
O
PARKE PUTNAM HENDRICKS MARION HANCOCK
Jed Pearson Sugar Ridge FWA Fisheries Program N RUSH FAYETTE UNION
MORGAN
NERO 2310 E. SR 364 Brant Fisher JOHNSON SHELBY

1353 S. Governors Drive Winslow, IN 47598 Atterbury FWA


VIGO CLAY B FRANKLIN
OWEN
Columbia City, IN 46725 (812) 789-2724 7970 S. Rowe St. MONROE BROWN BARTHOLOMEW DECATUR

5
(260) 244-6805 Edinburgh, IN 46124 SULLIVAN GREENE
RIPLEY DEARBORN

(812) 526-5816 JENNINGS


JACKSON
OHIO

D SWITZERLAND

State Fish Hatcheries


KNOX DAVIESS MARTIN LAWRENCE JEFFERSON

E SCOTT

6
ORANGE WASHINGTON

A. Bodine State D. Driftwood State G. Mixsawbah State CLARK

Fish Hatchery Fish Hatchery Fish Hatchery GIBSON PIKE DUBOIS


FLOYD
CRAWFORD
13200 Jefferson Blvd. 4931 S. CR 250W 5500 S. CR 675E
Mishawaka, IN 46545 Vallonia, IN 47281 Walkerton, IN 46574 POSEY VANDER-
BURGH
WARRICK SPENCER PERRY HARRISON

(574) 255-4199 (812) 358-4110 (219) 369-9591


B. Cikana State E. East Fork State
Fish Hatchery Fish Hatchery
2650 SR 44 5813 E. CR 825S
Martinsville, IN 46151 Montgomery, IN 47558
(765) 342-5527 (812) 644-7717
C. Curtis Creek Trout F. Fawn River State
Rearing Station Fish Hatchery
LA PORTE ST. JOSEPH ELKHART LAGRANGE STEUBEN
4250 E. CR 410N 6889 N. SR 327

10 1
LAKE PORTER
Howe, IN 46746 Orland, IN 46776

2
NOBLE DEKALB
(260) 562-3855 (260) 829-6241
STARKE MARSHALL
KOSCIUSKO
NEWTON JASPER PULASKI FULTON WHITLEY ALLEN

DNR Law Enforcement Districts


WHITE CASS MIAMI WABASH HUNTING- WELLS ADAMS
Contact DNR Law Enforcement Central Dispatch (24 hours) to report violations or if you TON
need assistance from an Indiana Conservation Officer. Call 1-800-TIP-IDNR to report any BENTON
CARROLL
poaching activities. GRANT

3
TIPPECANOE HOWARD BLACK- JAY
FORD
WARREN
Central Dispatch 4. District 4 Headquarters 8. District 8 Headquarters

4
CLINTON TIPTON MADISON DELAWARE
4850 S. SR 446 3734 Mounds Road 1504 Schlamn Lake
Bloomington, IN 47401 Anderson, IN 46017 RoadP.O. Box 330 V
E
FOUNTAIN MONTGOMERY BOONE HAMILTON RANDOLPH

(812) 837-9536 (765) 649-1062 Henryville, IN 47126 R


M HENRY WAYNE
I
(812) 639-4148 L
L PARKE PUTNAM HENDRICKS MARION HANCOCK
I
O
5. District 5 Headquarters N

6
RUSH FAYETTE UNION
JOHNSON
1. District 1 Headquarters 1317 W. Lieber Road 9. District 9 Headquarters

5 9
VIGO CLAY MORGAN SHELBY
9822 N. Turkey Suite 2 1387 E. U.S. 50 FRANKLIN
Creek Road Cloverdale, IN 46120 Versailles, IN 47042 OWEN
MONROE BROWN BARTHOLOMEW DECATUR
Syracuse, IN 46567 (765) 795-3534 (812) 689-4370 DEARBORN
(574) 457-8092 SULLIVAN GREENE
JENNINGS RIPLEY

6. District 6 Headquarters 10. District 10 Headquarters LAWRENCE JACKSON OHIO


SWITZERLAND
2. District 2 Headquarters 11 Durbin St. 100 W. Water St. KNOX DAVIESS MARTIN JEFFERSON

1353 S. Governors Drive Camp Atterbury Michigan City, IN 46360

8
WASHINGTON SCOTT

7
Columbia City, IN 46725 Edinburgh, IN 46124 (219) 879-5710 ORANGE
CLARK
(260) 244-3720 (812) 526-4101
GIBSON DUBOIS CRAWFORD FLOYD
PIKE
HARRISON
3. District 3 Headquarters 7. District 7 Headquarters POSEY VANDER- WARRICK SPENCER PERRY
4112 E. SR 225 2310 E. SR 364 BURGH

West Lafayette, IN 47906 Winslow, IN 47598


(765) 567-7859 (812) 789-9538

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Fish & Wildlife Areas 16
LA PORTE ST. JOSEPH ELKHART STEUBEN
1. Atterbury FWA 10. Hovey Lake FWA 17. Splinter Ridge FWA LAKE PORTER
LAGRANGE

7970 S. Rowe St. 15800 Raben Road South Contact Crosley FWA 14 NOBLE DEKALB

PO Box 3000 Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 STARKE MARSHALL 19


18. Sugar Ridge FWA 13 KOSCIUSKO
Edinburgh, IN 46124 (812) 838-2927 2310 E. SR 364 15 12
(812) 526-2051 11. J. E. Roush FWA Winslow, IN 47598 NEWTON
JASPER
23 FULTON WHITLEY ALLEN
PULASKI
2. Blue Grass FWA 517 N. Warren Road (812) 789-2724 22 HUNTING-
TON
Contact Sugar Ridge FWA Huntington, IN 46750 19. Tri-County FWA
WHITE CASS MIAMI WABASH
11
WELLS ADAMS

3. Chinook FWA (260) 468-2165 8432 N. CR 850E BENTON


CARROLL
Contact Deer Creek FWA 12. Jasper-Pulaski FWA Syracuse, IN 46567 GRANT
HOWARD BLACK- JAY
4. Crosley FWA 5822 N Fish & Wildlife Ln (574) 834-4461 WARREN
TIPPECANOE FORD

2010 S. SR 3 Medaryville, IN 47957 20. Wabashiki FWA CLINTON TIPTON

North Vernon, IN 47265 (219) 843-4841 Contact Deer Creek FWA FOUNTAIN
MADISON DELAWARE RANDOLPH

V MONTGOMERY BOONE HAMILTON


(812) 346-5596 13. Kankakee FWA 21. Wilbur Wright FWA E
R HENRY

5. Deer Creek FWA 4320 W. Toto Road Contact J.E. Roush FWA
M
I 21 WAYNE
L
2001 W. CR 600 North Judson, IN 46366 L PARKE
PUTNAM HENDRICKS MARION HANCOCK

(574) 896-3522 22. Willow Slough FWA I


O
Greencastle, IN 46135 1803 S. CR 700W
N RUSH FAYETTE UNION
5
(765) 653-0453 14. Kingsbury FWA Morocco, IN 47963
VIGO MORGAN JOHNSON SHELBY
CLAY
6. Fairbanks Landing FWA 5344 S. Hupp Road (219) 285-2704 20 3 FRANKLIN
1 DECATUR
Contact Deer Creek FWA LaPorte, IN 46350 OWEN
(219) 393-3612 23. Winamac FWA BROWN BARTHOLOMEW
6 9
7. Glendale FWA 1493 W. CR 500N MONROE RIPLEY DEARBORN

6001 E. CR 600S 15. LaSalle FWA Winamac, IN 46996 SULLIVAN 8 GREENE JENNINGS
JACKSON
4752 W. CR 1050N 4 OHIO
Montgomery, IN 47558 (574) 946-4422 LAWRENCE
SWITZERLAND
(812) 644-7711 Lake Village, IN 46349 KNOX DAVIESS MARTIN JEFFERSON
17
(219) 992-3019 SCOTT
8. Goose Pond FWA 7
WASHINGTON

13540 W. 400 S. 16. Pigeon River FWA ORANGE


CLARK
PIKE
Linton, IN 47441 8310 E. CR 300N GIBSON DUBOIS

Box 71 18 CRAWFORD FLOYD


(812) 512-9185
Mongo, IN 46771 WARRICK
9. Hillenbrand FWA POSEY VANDER- 2 SPENCER PERRY HARRISON
(260) 367-2164 BURGH
Contact Goose Pond FWA
10

State Reservoirs & Forests 7. Martin SF


14040 Williams Road
A. Brookville Lake H. Salamonie Lake Shoals, IN 47581
14108 SR 101 9214 W. Lost Bridge W (812) 247-3491
PO Box 100 Andrews, IN 46702 8. Morgan-Monroe SF
Brookville, IN 47012 (260) 468-2125 6220 Forest Road
(765) 647-2657 Martinsville, IN 46151
1. Clark SF
B. Cagles Mill Lake P.O. Box 119 (765) 342-4026
1317 W. Lieber Road #2 Service Road 9. Owen-Putnam SF
Suite 1 Henryville, IN 47126 2153 Fish Creek Road
Cloverdale, IN 46120 (812) 294-4306 Spencer, IN 47460
(765) 795-4576 (812) 829-2462
2. Deam Lake SRA
C. Cecil M. Harden Lake 1217 Deam Lake Road 10. Pike SF
1588 S. Raccoon Parkway Borden, IN 47106 5994 E. SR 364
Rockville, IN 47872 (812) 246-5421 Winslow, IN 47598
(765) 344-1412 (812) 367-1524
3. Ferdinand SF
D. Hardy Lake 6583 E. SR 264 11. Salamonie River SF
5620 Hardy Lake Road Ferdinand, IN 47532 5400 E. Salamonie Forest Rd.
Scottsburg, IN 47170 (812) 367-1524 Lagro, IN 46941
(812) 794-3800 (260) 782-0430
4. Greene-Sullivan SF
E. Mississinewa Lake 2551 S. SR 159 12. Selmier SF
4673 S. 625E Dugger, IN 47848 905 E. CR 350N
Peru, IN, 46970 (812) 648-2810 North Vernon, IN 47265
(765) 473-6528 (812) 346-2286
5. Harrison-Crawford SF
F. Monroe Lake 7240 Old Forest Rd SW 13. Starve Hollow SRA
4850 S. SR 446 Corydon, IN 47112 4345 S. 275 W., Box 291
Bloomington, IN 47401 (812) 738-7694 Vallonia, IN 47281-9741
(812) 837-9546 (812) 358-3464
6. Jackson-Washington SF
G. Patoka Lake 1278 E. SR 250 14. Yellowwood SF
3084 N. Dillard Road Brownstown, IN 47220 772 Yellowwood Lake Rd.
Birdseye, IN 47513 (812) 358-2160 Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 685-2464 (812) 988-7945

2018-2019 INDIANA FISHING GUIDE 31


NEWS
& NOTES

Providing Reservoir Regulaciones de Pesca

Fish with Places to Live


El DNR División de peces y vida silves-
tre (DFW) ha publicado un folleto de
reglamento de pesca de seis páginas
en español llamado "Regulaciones de
Pesca, Indiana 2018."
On a blustery November day, about 50 men The changing conditions make it tough for La idea fue estimulada por la investi-
and women gathered on the shore of Cecil aquatic vegetation to grow. gación por el recreo y pesca Fundación
M. Harden Lake (aka Raccoon Lake) for what In winter, the barren area between summer (RBFF) que mostraron los Latinos a nivel
looked like a furniture-building workshop. pool and winter pool is a moonscape. nacional disfrutan de actividades al aire
Stacks of short poplar boards awaited the “You can see there’s no structure and no libre, pero participan en pesca en tasas
participants, each of whom carried a cordless habitat in that zone,” said DNR fisheries biolo- más bajas. El DNR espera para ayudar a
power drill. gist Sandy Clark-Kolaks. “And it’s like that all los hispanohablantes a superar barreras,
They were building homes for fish, waist- the way to the bottom of the lake.” tales como la falta de información y
high wooden cribs that resembled miniature, Clark-Kolaks is the research biologist for the experiencia, con esta versión resumida
unfinished log cabins. The volunteer workday public water from Crawfordsville to Muncie de la guía de pesca de 2018, en español.
was part of a relatively new initiative in the and south to the Ohio River. She also manages Existen sitios web como Vamos a Pescar,
DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife called the RAHEP. por RBFF, dan a Latino información
Reservoir Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Pro- Stocking more fish won’t solve the reservoir general de los pescadores de pesca
gram (RAHEP). problem either. deportiva, pero no ofrece regulaciones
“A lot of our lakes were built in the ‘40s, ‘50s, Newlin compared stocking in existing estado-específicas, según Mark Reiter,
and ‘60s,” volunteer Wil Newlin said. “The conditions to releasing deer into a Walmart Director de DFW.
natural habitat that was there is gone now.” parking lot.
"Queremos que todos tengan acceso a
Over time, logs, stumps, roots and stand- “You have to have habitat,” he said. las regulaciones que puedan entender
ing timber left in reservoirs after construction Newlin, who lives in Terre Haute, is presi- fácilmente", dijo Reiter.
disintegrate. This leaves younger, smaller fish dent of Bass Unlimited (BU), an organization
with fewer places to hide from predator fish. he founded with his wife, Carol, in 2013. BU Regulaciones de Pesca se puede
As survival rates decline, so do populations. has expanded into Texas and become one of encontrar en la caza del estado de www.
And the fishing suffers. the primary partners for Indiana’s RAHEP. fishing.IN.gov.
At some reservoirs, aquatic plants can offset The other primary partner is the Indiana Bass Regulaciones también se traducirá en
some loss of habitat. But not at 2,000-acre Federation. Together, the two groups provide un formato similar para las temporadas
Raccoon. Built in 1960, the lake is managed by most of the labor for habitat construction. 2017-18.
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to control Humans have a long history of manag-
floodwater. Each fall, the corps drops the water ing terrestrial landscapes to provide better
level 22 feet to make room for spring rainfall. wildlife habitat and improve hunting, from
burning prairies to rebuilding lost wetlands
and leaving fencerows brushy. The idea that Volunteer John Fritz of Coal City said he has
we would need to intervene on behalf of com- fished Raccoon roughly 40 times a year for the
mon fish such as bluegills and bass is relatively past 25 years.
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stakes, and plastic units called Mossback Sport Fish Restoration Program.
structures, which are named after the com- Raccoon is RAHEP’s second project
pany that makes them. Sometimes, workers lake. The first was Sullivan Lake, a 451-acre
also cut shoreline trees and allow them to drop impoundment in western Indiana built for
into the water. flood control and recreation in 1967. In 2016,
“Diversity of habitat type is key,” Clark- RAHEP worked with volunteers to sink 125
Kolaks said. habitat structures into the water. Newlin said
REELFOOT LAKE The cribs at Raccoon will be anchored with the structures are already making a difference.
cinderblocks donated by Cash’s Concrete. His organization videotaped fish life around
At Raccoon, the cribs are expected to last the structures and found congregations of
10 to 15 years. At a lake where they will be largemouth bass, catfish, sunfish, saugeye and
2018 SPECIAL submerged constantly, they will last longer, gizzard shad.
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$149.00 per person, plus tax cribs. Over winter, property staff planned on Forest. The program plans to tackle Monroe
MARCH 16-MAY 25 placing the cribs around the lake in the 22-foot Lake in 2018, Sylvan Lake in 2019, and Patoka
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OVER 55,000 ACRES
of public land for hunting

OVER 36,000 ACRES


of water for fishing

OVER 7,500 Fishing at Mississinewa Lake

campsites/cabins available

Brookville Lake │Cagles Mill Lake │Cecil M. Harden Lake


Mississinewa Lake │Hardy Lake │ Monroe Lake
Patoka Lake │ Salamonie Lake
For information on hunter education classes, youth hunting events, trapping courses
and other outdoor skills programs, visit interpretiveservices.IN.gov.

Prefer a little more comfort Inn Reservations Camping/Shelter/Cabin Reservations


than a tent or a camper? IndianaInns.com camp.IN.gov
Check out Indiana State Park Inns. or 1-877-LODGES 1 or 1-866-622-6746

stateparks.IN.gov