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DNR Naturalist Guide Nathan Herman shows off a couple of nice smallmouth captured during a research project.The St. Joseph River smallmouth bass population is alive and well.

That’s the report from Indiana fisheries biologists who spent six days this month on the river from Bristol, Ind. to the Michigan state line while studying the bass population, tagging fish and collecting data.

Their work well help them monitor Indiana’s new slot size limit in which fish measuring 12 to 15 inches are protected. Under the recent law change, anglers may keep five bass, but only two can be over 15 inches.

The research team handled more than 1,000 bass, including some largemouth, during the study. Of those fish, 150 were tagged with metal tags on the fishes’ upper lips. Anglers who catch tagged fish are encouraged to gently remove the tag and contact the DNR with information about the number on it, size of the fish and where it was caught. Bass Pro Shops gift cards will be awarded to several who report them.

By Louie Stout

Anglers can kiss goodbye hopes of having improved access to Eagle and Juno lakes. The former Dock property the DNR had hoped to develop will soon fall into the hands of lake residents.

A consortium of Eagle Lake residents formed an LLC and has tendered an offer to purchase the land before the DNR could act.

The news broke early last week while the Michigan officials were prepping for its Wednesday night Ontwa Planning Commission meeting at which it was to submit a revised plan to accommodate township officials concerns.

Too little, too late. While the DNR dawdled, lake residents walked in, tendered an offer, and the bank accepted. The papers will be signed this week.

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