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Indiana residents can fish without a license both days this weekend.

The weekend kicks off National Fishing and Boating Week, which is June 6-14. The week is a national celebration that highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing.

Non-residents, however, are required to have a license.

Fishing and boating are excellent opportunities to get outside and connect with family and friends while practicing social distancing. June is an especially good time to fish for largemouth bass, sunfish, catfish and Skamania steelhead.

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The emergency order restricting the operation of motorized watercraft to idle speed has been rescinded for Oswego, Tippecanoe and James (Little Tippecanoe) Lakes, and normal boating operations may resume.

For information on Indiana boating advisories, please visit: dnr.IN.gov/lawenfor/8520.htm

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DNR has placed an idle speed restriction on watercraft on the Barbee chain of lakes in Kosciusko County and the West Lakes Chain in Noble County.

The Barbee chain includes Kuhn, Big Barbee, Little Barbee, Irish, Banning, Sawmill and Sechrist lakes.

The West Lakes chain includes Jones, Steinbarger, Tamarack, and Waldron lakes.

An idle speed restriction is put into effect when surface water conditions are likely to enter dwelling structures as a result of wake.

For information on Indiana boating advisories, please visit: dnr.IN.gov/lawenfor/8520.htm

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Owners of private ponds and lakes can now find more resources for managing those areas and adding aquatic structures to them on DNR’s updated website at wildlife.IN.gov/3614.htm.

Pond owners will now find information and links to content about pond construction, where to purchase fish to stock, nuisance wildlife concerns, fish kills and other common issues.

There are more than 40,000 private ponds and lakes in Indiana, many of which are stocked with fish by landowners and used for recreation. With spring weather, many are starting to think about their ponds and potential maintenance and improvements.

“The majority of questions we receive from private pond owners pertain to fish kills, advice on fish stocking, or aquatic plant management including nuisance algae,” said Corey DeBoom, DNR fisheries biologist for central Indiana. “The answers to most of the common questions can now be found on our updated pond management webpage.”

Information about constructing artificial habitat for ponds or lakes has also been added. Artificial structures can provide places for fish to hide, eat, or spawn and may help reduce impacts of fish-eating predators. Structures can be as simple as cutting and felling shoreline trees, but a variety of structure options are highlighted for pond owners to consider. 

Questions from the public regarding private ponds or lakes can be answered by district fisheries biologists. Media questions regarding private pond management in specific regions can also be answered by district fisheries biologists. Contact information for your area’s biologist is at wildlife.IN.gov/3590.htm.

For general questions regarding private pond management, contact Sandy Clark-Kolaks, south region fisheries research biologist, DNR Fish & Wildlife, 812-278-8303, SClark-Kolaks@dnr.IN.gov.

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Beginning May 1, all property-specific fishing regulations will be lifted on J.C. Murphey Lake at Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) in Newton County in anticipation of upcoming renovations on the lake in 2022.

Until further notice, starting May 1, bag and size limits will be the same as the statewide limits for other Indiana water bodies. These include:

  • Bluegill – no bag limit; no size limit
  • Redear sunfish – bag limit of 25; no size limit
  • Crappie – bag limit of 25; no size limit
  • Largemouth bass – bag limit of 5; minimum size of 14 inches 
  • Channel catfish – bag limit of 10, only 1 may be over 28 inches
  • Northern pike – bag limit of 3, minimum size of 24 inches, and only 1 may be over 30 inches
  • The lake requires periodic renovations to maintain habitat for the maximum number of species and recreational opportunities. The renovation will not only encourage habitat for rare and endangered species, but also
  • will improve opportunities for waterfowl hunters, anglers, trappers and wildlife viewers.

The drawdown at J.C. Murphey Lake is scheduled to begin in early spring of 2022. Recreational opportunities will be affected while the lake is dewatered and maintenance is performed. Lake renovations are expected to take until fall of 2023 to complete.