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Todd and Edie Wilkinson caught the only limit to win the Starboard Choice Big Bass Challenge on the St. Joseph River at Constantine Sunday.

The winners had 7 pounds, 15 ounces caught on a toad, Texas-rigged craw and a jig in 8 feet of water.

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Top finishers in the Arjay’s Weeknight Circuit event at Coldwater Lake last week made it a family affair.

The tournament drew 22 boats and four of the top five teams consisted of family members.

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By Louie Stout

St. Joe River Walleye, Bass Looking Good

Not every biological survey of the St. Joseph River turns up good results.

However, District DNR biologist Neil Ledet liked what he saw on the St. Joseph River above Twin Branch Dam last month.

Ledet and his crew were doing a quick survey of walleye survival between the dam and Baugo Creek, just as they do every fall. They run an electrofishing boat around the shallows, stunning fish to the surface so that they can check their ages, condition and numbers.

“It wasn’t the best we’ve ever seen but it was pretty darn good,” said Ledet. “We’ve had as high as 25 walleyes per hour and as low as 6 per hour. On this trip, we turned up 17 per hour which is pretty darn good.”

By Louie Stout

When Hoosiers go to the polls Nov. 7, they’ll be making another important decision besides Trump vs. Hillary.

And this decision won’t be a matter of selecting the lesser of two evils.

That’s because you’ll be asked whether the state constitution should be amended to declare hunting, fishing and trapping as constitutional rights.

It will read: Shall the Constitution of the State of Indiana be amended by adding a Section 39 to Article 1 to provide that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife shall be forever preserved for the public good, subject only to the laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly to promote wildlife conservation and management and preserve the future of hunting and fishing.

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