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IDNR Report

It’s that time of year again, when the weather is cooling, leaves are falling, and the DNR is stocking channel catfish. This fall, DNR will stock 147 locations with approximately 63,742.

To provide additional angling opportunities, the DNR annually stocks channel catfish statewide in publicly accessible waters. All stocked channel catfish are produced by state personnel at the following DNR hatcheries (county): Cikana (Morgan), Driftwood (Jackson), and East Fork (Daviess). All locations should be stocked by the end of October or early November.

The channel catfish range in size from 8-10 inches. Once stocked, these fish acclimate to their new environment quickly and don’t take long to start biting. Anglers are encouraged to harvest the catfish, as they make great table fare.

Anglers interested in harvesting channel catfish need to follow bag and size restrictions. In most lakes and reservoirs, the statewide regulation is 10 channel catfish per day in lakes, with no more than one being longer than 28 inches; however, there are a few lakes that have a different bag limit. They are listed at eregulations.com/indiana/fishing/basic-fishing-information under Special Regulations Waters.

Channel Catfish stocking locations, numbers, and sizes are listed at: wildlife.IN.gov/fishing/indiana-fish-stocking.

To view all fishing regulations, check out our fishing guide at: on.IN.gov/fishingguide.

To learn more about catfishing check out: dnr.IN.gov/fish-and-wildlife/fishing/catfish-fishing/.

IDNR Report

After discovering native aquatic vegetation was lacking in the Kokomo Reservoir, District 3 fisheries biologists worked with the North Region Research Unit last month to establish emergent vegetation there.

DNR staff started by planting spatterdock (Nuphar advena) and water lily (Nymphaea odorata), two species tolerant to a wide range of environmental conditions, in two different regions in the reservoir. After establishing the plants, they surrounded them with temporary protective fence. The biologists’ goal for the project is for the vegetation to take root and spread within the reservoir. They plan to return to the plantings periodically to document the progress.

Aquatic vegetation is the primary form of aquatic habitat for fish in Indiana lakes. Vegetation provides physical structure for aquatic organisms, sequesters nutrients, protects shorelines from erosion, and stabilizes lake sediments. July’s project at Kokomo Reservoir highlights one of DNR’s first attempts to establish self-sustaining colonies of aquatic vegetation in a reservoir using plantings.

IDNR Report

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a tree stand accident that occurred yesterday afternoon in LaGrange County.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., officers responded to the 3500 block of West State Road 120 for a person seriously injured.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that Lyndon J. Slabach, 36, of Middlebury, had been removing a hang-on style tree stand from private property when the cables supporting the stand broke. 

Slabach, who was alone and not wearing a safety harness, fell approximately 17 feet to the ground but was able to access his cellphone to call a relative, who then called 911. 

IDNR Report

Are you looking for new places to hunt?

Indiana Private Lands Access Program (IPLA) has a new self-service sign-in system for hunters wishing to hunt private properties. Small game, deer, and waterfowl hunters can visit the new website to view available locations, photos, and maps, as well as property rules.

Hunt windows can be up to three days long, depending on when you register. The system resets at 8 p.m. ET on the final night of each 3-day cycle. Hunters can sign up for the same property only twice in a row. Be sure to sign up early during each window.

Remember: Game bird (pheasant and quail) and turkey hunts are still administered through the reserved hunt draw system.

As IPLA continues to work with private landowners, more properties will likely be added -stay tuned for more places to hunt.

Renfro Report

The best opportunity to buy a new or used boat or RV occurs at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis September 23-25 with the 33rd Annual Fall Boat & RV Show.

The Indianapolis Fall Boat & RV Show is a truly unique opportunity for consumers to view, compare and buy from a huge selection of new, used, and year-end model boats and RVs at unbeatable savings. It is a good way to save money on a new or used boat or RV. 

Many dealers at the Show will also accept trade-ins and on-the-spot financing will be available.

New model year units will soon be on dealers’ lots, and they are looking to sell their remaining current year models, at big savings, in order to make room.

The Show takes place in the State Fairgrounds’ West Pavilion with over five and a half acres of exhibition space all under one roof. Show hours are Friday, September 23, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sunday, September 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Online pricing for admission through September 22 is $8 for adults. Box office admission is $10. Youngsters 12 and under are admitted free. Visit Indysportshow.com to purchase tickets online.