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Eight Indiana counties will be able to address sediment problems in lakes and rivers, thanks to $617,500 in grant funding from the DNRís Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program.

LARE grants are administered through DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. Division director Mark Reiter said the funding will support 11 projects this year.

"The goal for these projects is to improve public accessibility to Indiana waterways and lakes," Reiter said. "Improved access will increase recreation opportunities for boaters, anglers, paddlers and others who love water."

The 11 projects were chosen in a competitive process from applications submitted by local sponsors, who agree to share at least 20 percent of the cost.

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A new boat ramp and larger parking area are now available for anglers at a public access site on Bixler Lake in Noble County.

The improvements at the 117-acre lake were made possible through an agreement between the DNR and the Kendallville Park Department.

The DNR leased an existing access site on park property off Sherman Street. Last fall, the agency replaced the ramp with funds generated from fishing license sales and taxes on boat fuel.

Additional upgrades scheduled for this spring include paving the parking area, designating space for accessible parking, installing a loading pier, and signage.

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Despite the low number of adult muskies now present in Lake Webster, DNR fisheries biologists were able to catch enough sexually ripe females this spring to obtain nearly 500,000 eggs.

That amount fills the annual quota needed to support Indiana's muskie stocking program.

Biologists captured 88 muskies in trap nets set over an eight-day period in late March and early April at the 774-acre lake in Kosciusko County. Fifty were adult males and 24 were adult females.

From this group, five females were "ripe" enough to provide nearly 11 quarts of eggs that were stripped from the fish, fertilized with milt from males, and then transported to the Fawn River Hatchery in Orland.