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IDNR Report

May 3 is the first of Indiana’s four Free Fishing Days. On Free Fishing Days, Indiana residents can fish the state’s public waters without a fishing license or trout/salmon stamp.

Fishing is an excellent way to get outside and connect as a family. It is also a great opportunity to relax and connect with the outdoors while practicing social distancing. If fishing is a new activity for your family, keep things simple – this often makes fishing more fun and safe. The best thing to do is get out there and wet a line. May is an especially good time to fish because the water is warming and the fish are biting.

By Louie Stout

Getting from the new Hudson Lake public access located in the backwaters to the main lake can be tricky due to shallow water.

The lake is located west of New Carlisle. The public boat launch is off N. Emery Road and in the northwest corner of the backwaters. Area at the boat ramp was dredged at the time of construction last summer so water depth there is sufficient for launching boats.

The Indiana DNR plans to dredge a channel from the boat launch to the main lake but that won’t happen until after July of next year.

In the interim, the DNR has provided this map that offers a general idea of how to find your way to the main lake. The main lake isn’t shown here but is located below the bottom of the map.

Areas in green indicate heavy vegetation and even shallower water. The gray area along the west shoreline notes the best navigable water. The first of the two numbers next to the dots indicate water depth at the time the map was made, but depths could vary due to higher and lower water conditions. Nonetheless, boaters are advised to idle with outboards or even travel with electric motor through shallower areas.

The second number indicates sediment depth for the purpose of dredging later.

The DNR does plan to treat vegetation along the travel route sometime yet this spring or early summer.

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MUCC Report

Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) filed a complaint in United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan on Sunday challenging the criminal prohibition against motorboat use recently announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. 

The complaint alleges Whitmer and Department of Natural Resources Director Daniel Eichinger’s application of EO 2020-42 to prohibit motorboat use is unconstitutional.

The order itself was enacted on April 9 by Whitmer and expressly allows “outdoor physical activity,” including activities similar to kayaking and canoeing. The order makes no mention of prohibiting the outdoor activity of boating.  However, in response to “Frequently Asked Questions,” the Governor and DNR have opined that motorboat use is not an allowed form of “outdoor physical activity.”