• G. Loomis Conquest
  • Moore Boats -
  • G. Loomis IMX-PRO
  • Power Pro Maxcuatro
  • Jackall Scissor Comb
  • Shimano Curado

(Provided by IDNR)

DNR grants totaling more than $585,000 will be used to fight invasive aquatic plants in Indiana's lakes.

The grants were awarded by DNR director Cameron F. Clark through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program in the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The 42 projects involve lakes in 16 counties. The applications were submitted by local sponsors who share at least 20 percent of the total cost.

LARE grants are funded through the LARE fee paid by boat owners annually when they register their boats with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This user-funded program benefits boaters all over the state. The grants allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for many local organizations to fund on their own.

The South Bend Sail and Power Squadron will be conducting a five-week Safe Boating Class beginning April 17 at the Battell Community Center in Mishawaka.

Upon successful completion, students receive a certificate recognized by both Indiana and Michigan for the operation of boats and PWC’s, and may qualify for an insurance discount.

Classes will be Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 on April 17, 24; May 1, 8 and 15.

Cost is $30 for materials for the first family member and free for any additional family members sharing the material.

Pre-registration is highly recommended. Call 574-367-8572 or e-mail classes@sbsps.org.

(Provided by IDNR)

April 15 kicks off the first of four Free Fishing Days in Indiana in 2017.

On these special days, Indiana residents can fish public waters without needing a fishing license or a trout stamp. Free Fishing Days are opportunities for families to learn to fish because adults don't need a license.

Non-residents must still have a license.