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IDNR Report

The Indiana DNR is offering two chances for you to learn to fly fish with two September workshops, both led by DNR fisheries biologists.

The first event will be at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis on Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. The second event will be on Sept. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Salomon Farm Park in Fort Wayne.

Learn to Fly Fish workshops are designed to teach beginners the skills needed to fly fish on their own. Participants will learn about fly-fishing tackle and fishing techniques. Attendees will then gain hands-on instruction and practice casting a fly rod. Finally, participants will use their newly acquired skills and knowledge to go fly fishing with provided equipment.

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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).

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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.