Dead fish appear at Kosciusko County lakes

A recent rash of fish kills in several Kosciusko County lakes has residents and anglers looking for possible causes. In most cases, DNR biologists say the causes are unknown, but the fish kills will not affect the overall health of fish populations or the quality of fishing. Dead common carp …

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Three northern lakes experiencing a reduction in aquatic invasive plants

Three Kosciusko County lakes are experiencing a reduction in invasive Eurasian watermilfoil this spring. Center, Big Chapman and Webster lakes have had recurring problems with Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) in past years. EWM is present in most Indiana lakes. It often grows so densely that it creates a nuisance for boating …

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Bow fisherman nabs rare alligator gar in Indiana’s White River

A bow fisherman recently caught a rare fish in southwestern Indiana. The fisherman harvested an alligator gar on the White River on June 1, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Officials say it measured 63 inches and weighed 55 pounds. DNR says the catch is the first alligator gar …

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2017 IBF Trail – T2 – Brookville

The second tournament of 2017 was held on Brookville Reservoir Sunday May 21, 2017.   First, I would like to thank all the Anglers for coming out and making the tournament a great success.  If we keep getting turnouts like this, we will be able to keep giving out over $10,000 in …

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DNR tests for fish virus at Lake Webster

Michigan’s decision to cancel its muskie-stocking program this year due to a virus outbreak in adult fish they capture for muskie eggs has prompted Indiana DNR officials to say a similar situation could develop in the Hoosier state. Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSv), which is responsible for a number of …

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Indiana Bass Federation Member Allen Boyd Wins TBF 2017 National Championship

Angler wins Z518 with top finish in Ranger Cup program FLIPPIN, ARK. (April 12, 2017) Ranger Boats Pro Allen Boyd beat a field of 253 anglers to win The Bass Federation 2017 National Championship at Table Rock Lake on April 7. The angler fought through a tough bite for five …

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Fish habitat in Cecil M. Harden Lake gets boost from DNR, partners

Fish and anglers both will benefit from a DNR habitat project at Cecil M. Harden (Raccoon) Lake. DNR fisheries biologists and partner organizations hope to develop more than 350 fish habitat features in the lake by the end of 2018. The project includes rock piles, brush piles, wooden structures, and …

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2017 IBF Trail – T1 – Patoka

  The first tournament of 2017 was held on Lake Patoka Sunday March 26, 2017.   First, I would like to thank all the Anglers for coming out and making the first tournament a great success.  If we get attendance like this at all the events we will have huge …

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And the boat winner is…

The 2017 IBF Raffle boat, a 2017 Ranger Z175 equipped with a Mercury Pro XS 115 horse power 4 stroke motor, Lowrance electronics and a trolling motor, was won by the Indianapolis Bass Hawks, an Indiana Bass Federation club. Club president Tim Reynolds said the members pooled their resources and …

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2017 Scholarship Presentations

IBF Youth Trail – Shawn Zellers Shawn is a senior at Winamac Community High School. He plans to attend Ivy Tech at Lafayette4 and study Agronomy and Agronomics which he hopes to make his career.  He started fishing at an early age with his father and grandfather. Both his father …

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