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IDNR Report

Amanda Wuestefeld

Amanda Wuestefeld, who has worked full-time in the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife for more than 25 years, was promoted to division director this week.

Wuestefeld replaces Mark Reiter, who retired in July.

She is the first woman to hold the position for Indiana DNR Fish & Wildlife (DFW).

IDNR Report

The Indiana DNR will host a public meeting to discuss the renovation of J.C. Murphey Lake at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area in northwest Indiana.

The meeting will be held Aug. 21 at the Newton County Government Center in Morocco, Ind. from 6-8 p.m. Central time.

According to the DNR website, the shallow lake requires periodic renovations to maintain habitat for the maximum number of fish species. The DNR says it will also improve opportunities for waterfowl hunters, trappers and wildlife viewers.

By Louie Stout

Bill LaVigne holds up a 21-inch walleye he caught from Hurshtown Reservoir.

Bill LaVigne holds up a 21-inch walleye he caught from Hurshtown Reservoir.

If you like catching good numbers of smallmouth and walleye, Hurshtown Reservoir could be the place to go.

The clear, 260-acre impoundment near Grabil, Ind. lies about six miles northeast of Fort Wayne. It’s managed by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation department and serves as an emergency water supply for Ft. Wayne.

The lake has special regulations worth noting. Boat power is limited to electric motors although you can use a boat that has an outboard; you just can run it. The gates don’t open until 7:30 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. There is a $4 launch fee and the lake is only open to anglers from May into October.

Also, no launching is allowed when the wind is blowing 15 mph or more, and yes, the lake is susceptible to wind. It would be wise to call the office (260-627-3390) before making the drive.

Despite the special rules, Fort Wayne angler Bill LaVigne can’t say enough good things about the fishery. He targets walleyes but catches smallmouth as well.

“My buddy Gary LaRue and I made seven trips there this year and we’ve caught 36 smallmouth and 83 walleyes,” he said. “Most of those walleyes were 2 year olds but we had eight over 16 inches and two that were 20 inches. The lake had a heckuva walleye spawn a couple of years ago.”

The bass fishing may be even better.