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.


By Louie Stout

Thanks to the efforts of the Elkhart River Restoration Association (ERRA), the St. Joseph River isn’t the only viable walleye fishery in the neighborhood.

For the third time in five years, the group planted nearly 3,300 robust 6- to 8-inch ‘eyes in the Elkhart at two locations around Goshen recently. Some 2,100 went into the river between Goshen and Elkhart and another 1,150 between Goshen and New Paris, Ind.

The fish came from Gollon Bait out of Wisconsin, the same source used by the Indiana DNR and the Michiana Walleye Association for St. Joseph River stockings.

And based upon what biologists have seen from previous stockings, they should do quite well.


By Louie Stout

Thanks to the efforts of the Elkhart River Restoration Association (ERRA), the St. Joseph River isn’t the only viable walleye fishery in the neighborhood.

For the third time in five years, the group planted nearly 3,300 robust 6- to 8-inch ‘eyes in the Elkhart at two locations around Goshen recently. Some 2,100 went into the river between Goshen and Elkhart and another 1,150 between Goshen and New Paris, Ind.

The fish came from Gollon Bait out of Wisconsin, the same source used by the Indiana DNR and the Michiana Walleye Association for St. Joseph River stockings.

And based upon what biologists have seen from previous stockings, they should do quite well.