DNR happy with outcome of West Boggs Lake project

DNR News
Division of Fish & Wildlife


Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748

For immediate release: July 20, 2016

DNR happy with outcome of West Boggs Lake project

DNR officials are happy with the outcome of a project to improve fishing at West Boggs Lake in Daviess and Martin counties.

In fall 2014, officials drained and treated the lake to eradicate gizzard shad and other undesirable species in an effort to restore a balanced fishery.

After the renovation, the lake was restocked with 104,374 largemouth bass, 462,476 bluegills and 195,245 redear sunfish, all fingerlings. A total of 816 adult largemouth bass also were restocked after being salvaged by anglers during spring bass tournaments and by biologists during fall electrofishing. Fifty-five adult channel catfish were returned also. In fall 2015, a total of 43,668 black crappie fingerlings and 4,496 channel catfish, ranging in size from 3.5 to 8 inches, were stocked.

DNR biologists conducted an electrofishing survey at West Boggs on June 27 to monitor the survival and growth of fish stocked.

Largemouth bass fingerlings, which averaged 3.9 inches when stocked in fall 2014, now range from 10.5 to 14.7 inches and average 11.4 inches. The average length of a 2-year-old bass is 9 inches.

Growth for bluegills and redears also was above average.

Bluegills from the initial stocking ranged from 6.5 to 8.4 inches, averaging 7.5 inches. The average 2-year-old bluegill is 4.3 inches long. Redears were collected up to 9 inches.

The restoration stocking of West Boggs will wrap up this fall with the addition of another 80,000 black crappies.

Biennial channel catfish stockings will start in 2017.

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

 

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Media contact: Dave Kittaka, fisheries biologist, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, (812) 287-8300, dkittaka@dnr.IN.gov.

New black bass size limits at Shakamak State Park lakes

DNR News
Division of Fish & Wildlife


Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748

For immediate release: July 7, 2016

New black bass size limits at Shakamak State Park lakes

Shakamak, Kickapoo and Lenape lakes in Shakamak State Park now have a 14-inch minimum length limit for black bass.

The change became effective July 1 as a way to help control gizzard shad populations in the park.

The previous regulation involved a 12- to 15-inch slot limit. It was enacted to encourage anglers to harvest more largemouth bass, thereby increasing the size of remaining bass.

The new regulation will result in decreased bass harvest. Decreased bass harvest will lead to increased predation on gizzard shad, helping protect panfishing at all three lakes.

Gizzard shad compete with panfish such as bluegill and redear sunfish for food. This competition often leads to slow growing panfish in lakes where gizzard shad are present.

A recent DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife survey found an abundant gizzard shad population in Shakamak Lake.

It is illegal to stock fish into public waters without a permit by the DNR.

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

 

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Media contact: Dan Carnahan, south region fisheries supervisor, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, (812) 789-2724, dcarnahan@dnr.IN.gov.

Project Results: Sullivan Lake Building Fish Habitat on April 30, 2016

SullivanHabitatWe had 17 volunteers help us build structures on that soggy Saturday. Most were members of Bass Unlimited but we also had several people from the campground and anglers assist. We were able to get everything built in just a couple hours thanks to them and their power tools.

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We are scheduled to place structures into Sullivan during the week of June 20th (weather dependent). Structures will be placed by fisheries biologist using a newly renovated pontoon. This pontoon is specifically designed to place these very heavy structures safely.

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After we have placed the structures a detailed map showing structure placement (gps coordinates included) and depth will be available to anglers.

From:
Sandy Clark-Kolaks
Southern Fisheries Research Biologist

Bloomington Field Office
5596 East State Road 46
Bloomington, IN 47401

(812) 287-8300

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