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By Louie Stout

Walleye Numbers Impressive at Indiana’s Lake of the Woods

If you’re a walleye angler and haven’t fished Lake of the Woods near Bremen, Ind., you should.

The lake has a good population of keeper-size walleyes, according to Indiana District Fisheries Biologist Tom Bacula.

Bacula was there last fall doing a standard evaluation of the walleye population.

“It’s something we do every year to check the stocking success of that season,” he said. “We didn’t stock last year (because of covid) but we wanted to see how the lake was doing.”

And doing quite fine, he added.

“Oh, man, we found a lot of walleyes,” he said. “And a lot of legal ones, too.”


By Louie Stout

If you’re looking for safe ice to fish this weekend, it’s out there.

But man, you gotta be careful.

Reports coming in from area bait and tackle shops indicate several anglers are getting out and catching fish, but not every frozen water you see is safe.

Ice thicknesses range from very little to about 5½ inches. Channels, ponds and protected bays seem to be the safer bets, but everyone is advised to proceed with caution.

“It’s all dependent on the lake,” says Steven Szymczak of Clear Water Tackle in Edwardsburg. “Here’s an example…guys were getting out on Eagle earlier this week but Juno (right next to Eagle) still had open water.”

Pat Hamilton of D&R Sports in Kalamazoo said some of the lakes around his area have 2 to 3 inches, but that’s mostly in the channels and on small, wind protected lakes or bays.

It’s about the same west of Elkhart.


By Louie Stout

When dealing with hatchery fish, you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature.

A lot of things can go wrong.

Like this year.

The Indiana Fisheries Division learned recently that Wisconsin will not be able to meet the 225,000 king salmon eggs it agreed to provide Hoosiers due to a hatchery issue.

Indiana will get 168,000 instead.

Wisconsin harvested enough green eggs to meet Indiana’s egg request but an unusually low number of viable eggs has resulted in shortages.

Several weeks after fertilization, the eyes of the salmon embryo become visible, signaling the egg is viable. At that point, the eggs are referred to as eyed eggs.


By Louie Stout

Hunter’s 100-year-old Deer Mount Is One for the Record Books

Back in the early 1990s, Bill Nielsen was looking for some loose antlers that he could use to help rattle in bucks during the mating season.

For those who don’t know, a deer hunter will bang a pair of antlers together to imitate two bucks fighting over territorial rights when there are females around. Such a tactic can call in a big buck that has already claimed that turf.