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2016 IBF Invitational Patoka #1 Winners

The Indiana Bass Federation Invitational Trail for 2016 got started on April 10 at Patoka Lake with 46 anglers and 46 co-anglers. The weather conditions at launch time were 36 degrees, partly cloudy with a light breeze out of the south. The skies became mostly cloudy by midmorning with the wind from the south getting stronger and the temperature climbing into the upper 40s.

Weigh in got under way at 4:15 pm and we saw 91 fish for 292.22 pounds. Angler Ron Moody had the only five fish limit of the tournament, weighing in at 15.74 lbs. for a first place finish and receiving a check for $1884. Wes Thomas’ weight of 13.52 was good for a second place check of $1004 and the highest finisher in Ranger Cup. Rounding out the top five on the angler side were Larry Hostetler 13.04, Mike Vertesch 11.52, and Brad Schneck 10.20. See full results.

Angler Winner Ron Moody

Angler Winner Ron Moody

The co-angler side saw Dennis Greenlee come to the scales with two fish for a total of 8.04 to capture first place and a check for $942. Rounding out the top five on the co-angler side were Darron Read 4.92, Mike Goins 4.70, Jason Smith 4.22 and Michael Pelston 3.80. See full results.

Co-angler winner Dennis Greenlee

Co-angler winner Dennis Greenlee

Larry Hostetler weighed in a 6.24 big bass on the angler side and Darron Read had a 4.92 big bass for the co-anglers.

Top Draw AwardRedShad.com will be sponsoring the Top Draw Award again this year. A tackle pack will be awarded to the angler who is paired with the winning co-angler for each tournament. The Top Draw Award winner for Patoka was Larry Hostetler. There will also be an award at the end of the year for the angler who has the most co-angler points for the year.

On May 22 the trail will move to Brookville Lake with the pre-tournament meeting to be held at Frame’s Outdoors. Hope to see you there!

DNR seeks volunteers to build fish habitat at Sullivan Lake

The DNR is seeking volunteers to assemble fish habitat structures for Sullivan Lake on April 30 as part of the new Reservoir Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Program (RAHEP). 

RAHEP builds fish habitat in reservoirs where natural structure is lacking. Sullivan Lake, a 451-acre reservoir in Sullivan, is the first project lake for the program. Over winter, staff from the Sullivan County Parks Department and inmates from the Sullivan County Jail cut lumber and prepared for the volunteer day. 

Volunteers will help assemble wooden crib structures and “Georgia cubes” (a PVC cube with corrugated pipe wound inside). The goal is to have more than 100 structures by the day’s end, according to Sandy Clark-Kolaks, DNR southern fisheries research biologist. 

Other partners include Bass Unlimited and Jones and Sons Concrete. Bass Unlimited, a non-profit based in Terre Haute, is providing more than 1,200 feet of drainage tile to build the Georgia cubes. The group is also providing refreshments. Jones and Sons Concrete in Bloomfield is donating cinder blocks. 

Maps will be created and made available to the public showing the GPS coordinates, depth and type of structure. 

The work day will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the restroom area and handicap boat ramp area in Campground G. 

Volunteers should dress for working outside and bring snacks and water, protective eye wear, gloves and cordless drills. Volunteers can come and go as they need.
“Even if people can only help out for an hour, we would be happy to have them,” Clark-Kolaks said.
To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.
Media contact: Sandy Clark-Kolaks, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, (812) 287-8300, sclark-kolaks@dnr.IN.gov


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