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IBF Bucks for Bass: $5000 to be spent to stock bass in Indiana lake

(Brazil, IN) The Indiana Bass Federation, a state organization with the purpose to assist and unite member clubs and to assist and cooperate with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in matters that are mutually beneficial to Indiana resources has announced they have allotted $5,000 to stock largemouth bass in Raccoon Lake this year. With the cooperation and support of the Indiana DNR they are purchasing 1000 eight to twelve inch largemouth bass from a hatchery in Cincinnati, OH. The stocking event will take place on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10:30 am at the Walker Boat Ramp on Raccoon Lake in Brazil, IN. IBF Conservation Director Maggie Templeton said the DNR was very helpful in recommending the best size of bass to stock and locating the best pricing. .

Raccoon Lake in Parke County was selected as part the Indiana DNR Reservoir Habitat Enhancement Program.  Various IBF clubs and other volunteers assisted the DNR with placement of habitat in Raccoon Lake in 2017. The 5 five year project to improve fish habitat in five impoundments around the state began in 2016. Sullivan Lake in Sullivan County was the first lake to have habitat placed in the lake. Habitat will be placed in Lake Monroe, near Bloomington; in 2018; in Sylvan Lake in Noble County in 2019; and Lake Patoka in Dubois County near Jasper in 2020. For more information, visit  Indiana’s Reservoir Habitat Enhancement Program.

The goal is to stock bass in Raccoon Lake in 2018 and 2020 and to stock bass in Lake Monroe in 2019 and 2021. In addition to the purchase of the bass the IBF has also set up a GoFundMe page so additional funds can be directed to continue and expand the stocking program to other lakes. Visit the IBF Bucks for Bass GoFundMe  page.

All are invited and encouraged to attend the stocking (fish release) event this Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10:30 am at the Walker Boat Ramp on Raccoon Lake in Brazil, IN.