In an effort to continue to track Northern pike numbers, DNR fisheries biologists will set traps in four northeast Indiana lakes this spring: Diamond Lake (Noble County), North and South Twin Lakes (LaGrange County), and Silver Lake (Steuben County).
Since 2012, DNR biologists have sampled pike in 17 lakes. To sample pike, biologists set large traps in areas that are likely to attract spawning pike. The typical catch is 18 pike per survey, and the majority are 21-28 inches long.
Ryan Vanderlugt has been selected as the 2018 District 10 Indiana Conservation Officer of the Year.
He has served as an Indiana Conservation Officer since 2011, originally assigned to Huntington County. In 2014 he was transferred LaPorte County.
Vanderlugt serves many roles, including firearms instructor, public safety diver, defensive tactics instructor, use-of-force instructor, active-shooter instructor, drill instructor, background investigator, passenger for hire inspector, breath test operator, and pilot.
He is also a United States Army 153 D UH60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot.
District 10 includes LaPorte, Jasper, Lake, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke counties.
The district award puts Vanderlugt in the running for the Pitzer Award, which is awarded to the stateís top conservation officer and is selected from the 10 district award winners.
The Pitzer Award is named after Indiana Conservation Officer James D. Pitzer, who was fatally shot while investigating illegal hunting activity on Jan. 1, 1961 in Jay County.
LureCraft Fisherman’s Shop in Orland, Ind. will host its annual Open Hose March 8-9.
Several items will be on sale and anglers will be able to check out new items added to the shop’s lineup.
The Three Rivers Fly Tiers will be on hand to demonstrate fly tying. Coffee, donuts and hotdogs will be available.
Hours are 7-5 on Friday and 8-4 Saturday.
For more information, call Kim, 260-829-1274.