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Monroe Lake seeks entries for s’mores recipe competition
Start Date:  7/11/2014  
Monroe Lake is accepting entries for its annual s’mores recipe competition now through Aug. 3.

“S’mores can be much more than just the traditional combination of marshmallow, chocolate, and honey graham crackers,” Monroe Lake naturalist Jill Vance said.

Recipe submissions must meet two requirements. They must contain at least one item that is toasted over a campfire and be assembled “sandwich-style.” Savory as well as sweet entries are encouraged.

Entries are limited to one per person. Recipes must include a complete list of ingredients and all preparation and assembly instructions. Each entry must include the participant’s name, phone number, mailing address, and email address (if applicable).

Participants can submit entries by email to with the subject line of “S’mores Recipe,” or by mail to the Paynetown Activity Center, 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401.

Three recipes will be selected by Monroe Lake staff for the final round of competition, which will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, which coincides with the national S’mores Day. People’s choice voting will pick the winner.

By submitting a recipe, you grant full rights to Monroe Lake and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for use of that recipe as they deem fit, including, but not limited to, promotional items, publicity and publication.

Paynetown SRA on Monroe Lake ( is at 4850 South State Road 446, Bloomington, 47401.
Contact Information:
Name: Jill Vance
Phone: (812) 837-9967
Fish limits on Milan Pond will be relaxed
Anglers at Milan Pond in the town of Milan in Ripley County will be allowed to harvest as many fish as they want starting Friday, July 11.

A temporary rule change eliminating the bag and size limits for all fish at Milan Pond will continue through July 10, 2015.
The rule change is happening because of the anticipated lowering of this 18-acre body of water to repair the aging dam.
The dam is owned by CSX railroad and shipping company, and portions of the lake are adjacent to Hoosier Links Golf Course. The lake has public access at Darren Baker Memorial Park.
A timeline for when the lowering and repair work will begin is yet to be determined.
Contact Information:
Name: Ken Smith
Phone: (317) 232-4224
Free beginner waterfowl hunting workshops in August, September

Start Date: 7/9/2014 

Event Description
Two free waterfowl hunting workshops for beginners will be offered in August and September by the Department of Natural Resources.

The focus of the workshops is on hunting Canada geese, although there also will be some information presented on duck hunting, according to DNR waterfowl biologist Adam Phelps.

“We have found that lots of participants are most interested in goose hunting,” Phelps said. “Canada geese are definitely the easiest place to start hunting waterfowl, because they are abundant, they frequently use private land, and they are easy to identify.”

The workshops are:

— Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area, 8310 E. County Road 300 N., Mongo.
— Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the DNR Fish & Wildlife Field Office, 5596 E. State Road 46, Bloomington.

Similar material will be covered at each workshop, so there is no need to attend both. All ages are welcome.

Topics will include waterfowl hunting regulations, waterfowl identification, equipment and techniques, including a show-and-tell segment, and how to dress a harvested goose. Instructors also will focus on how to pursue geese and ducks with a minimum investment in gear.

Shotgun instruction and a clay shoot will be available at the Mongo event.

“We are happy to be able to offer shotgun instruction at the Pigeon River event for the first time at one of our waterfowl workshops,” Phelps said. “Instruction in shotgunning can reduce frustration for beginning bird hunters.”

Parents who already hunt waterfowl are welcome to bring children, but the material is tailored for beginners. Experienced waterfowl hunters are unlikely to learn much from the workshops.

DNR Law Enforcement and DNR Fish & Wildlife personnel will be in attendance to answer questions.
Lunch will be provided.

Workshops will occur at least partially outdoors and will take place rain or shine. Participants should bring a lawn chair and weather-appropriate clothing (a jacket or raincoat).

The workshops are free, but registration is required.

To register for the Mongo workshop, call (260) 367-2164.

To register for the Bloomington workshop, call (812) 334-1137 or email .

For more information on either workshop, call Phelps at (812) 334-1137.
Contact Information:
Name: Adam Phelps
Phone: (812) 334-1137


DNR's Lake Michigan Coastal Program

 accepting grant pre-proposals


Start Date:  7/9/2014
The DNR Lake Michigan Coastal Program is accepting pre-proposals for the 2015 Coastal Grants Program funding cycle until Sept. 12.

Pre-proposals that receive favorable recommendation from the Coastal Advisory Board will be eligible for full application submission. Funding will be available in July 2015.

To celebrate 200 years of Indiana statehood in 2016, bonus points will be given to grant applications for land acquisition projects that also intend to take advantage of the DNR’s Bicentennial Nature Trust grant program. These two grant programs are eligible to match each other’s funding. More information about the Bicentennial Nature Trust is at

Grant workshops will be held:

— Tuesday, July 15, at 1 p.m., at Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center, Chesterton. This workshop will be a joint Lake Michigan Coastal Program Grants and Bicentennial Nature Trust Grants workshop. It also will be available that day for viewing via webinar

— Tuesday, July 22, at 10 a.m. at Michigan City City Hall, Emergency Operations Center, 100 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City.

— Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. at the Merrillville Branch of the Lake County Public Library, 1919 W. 81st Ave., Merrillville.

The Lake Michigan Coastal Grants Program is an annual competitive grants program that awards up to $600,000 to units of local government, regional and state agencies, colleges and universities, as well as non-profit organizations. The Program funds may be expended on low-cost construction, land acquisition, planning and coordination, education and outreach, and applied research projects. Projects must be located entirely within the Lake Michigan Coastal area, the northern portions of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties.

The DNR’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program was created to coordinate efforts between local, state, and federal governments and local organizations, and to support projects that protect and restore natural, cultural and historical resources in Indiana’s Lake Michigan Coastal region.

The LMCP is funded through the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Coastal Resource Management.

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Contact Information:
Name: Maggie Byrne
Phone: (219) 983-9912
NRC to meet July 15 at Fort Harrison State Park
Start Date:  7/9/2014  
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission will conduct its next bimonthly meeting on Tuesday, July 15 at Fort Harrison State Park.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at The Garrison, 6002 N. Post Road, Indianapolis.

An agenda and downloadable related materials will be posted at when available.

The NRC is an autonomous board that addresses issues pertaining to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The commission includes the DNR director, heads of three other state agencies (Environmental Management, Tourism, and Transportation), six citizens appointed by the governor on a bipartisan basis, the chair of the NRC’s advisory council, and the president of the Indiana Academy of Science. The Academy of Science president and the agency heads, other than the DNR director, may appoint designees to serve the commission in their absences.
Contact Information:
Name: Phil Bloom
Phone: (317) 232-4003
Open House, Greene-Sullivan State Forest
Start Date:  7/12/2014 Start Time:  10:00 AM
End Date:  7/12/2014 End Time:  2:00 PM
Event Description
The open house at Greene-Sullivan will be at the office, which is located on State Road 159 approximately 1.5 miles south of Dugger.

The DNR Division of Forestry will provide information about recreational activities, budget, staffing, major projects, its strategic plan, invasive species, and forest resource management. Attendees can talk directly with DNR personnel or submit written comments. Some open houses include a tour of facilities or a woods walk.

Those who cannot attend an open house can review and comment online. All tract management guides are posted at
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Dugger, IN 47848
Phone: (812) 648-2810
Contact Information:
Name: Dan Ernst
Phone: (317) 232-4101
Fish restocking successful at Kunkel Lake
Start Date:  7/1/2014  All Day


 DNR officials are happy with the outcome of a project to improve fishing at Kunkel Lake in Ouabache State Park in Wells County. 

Although fish in the 25-acre lake are now small, biologists expect ample numbers of harvestable-size bluegills to be available next year. 

Kunkel Lake was drained and treated with rotenone last fall to eradicate undesirable fish. Common carp and small crappies had overrun the fish community. Few quality-size sport fish existed. As a result, few anglers fished the lake. 

Kunkel Lake refilled over the winter. The DNR restocked the lake with about 19,000 bluegills and 5,250 largemouth bass in late March. DNR fisheries biologist Jed Pearson surveyed the lake’s fish in mid-June. 

“Survival of the stocked fish has been great and they are growing fast,” Pearson said. 

According to Pearson, the bluegills were 1.5 inches long when they were released and now average 3 to 4 inches. The bass measured 4 to 5 inches when stocked and now are up to 6 inches long. 

Equally important was the fact that no other fish species were detected during the survey. 

“Apparently we got rid of the fish we were after,” Pearson said. 

Although water clarity remains somewhat murky, a few aquatic plants are returning and will provide fish habitat. A plant survey is scheduled for later this summer. 

While anglers can expect to begin catching bluegills next summer, bass won’t be available for harvest for several years. 

DNR biologists are proposing an 18-inch minimum size limit and daily bag limit of two bass at Kunkel Lake. Largemouth bass are important predator fish that help prevent other species from over-populating a lake.

 “It’s important to have plenty of big bass in the lake to keep bluegill numbers in check and prevent any resurgence of other species,” Pearson said. 

For the bass rule to change, a series of administrative steps are required, including a public hearing. The current minimum size limit is 14 inches, and the bag limit is five. 

Money to renovate and restock Kunkel Lake came from Indiana fishing license sales and the federal Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

Contact Information:
Name: Jed Pearson
Phone: (260) 244-6805
HRI project continues piling up the numbers
Start Date:  7/1/2014  All Day

Four years after it began, Indiana’s Healthy Rivers INitiative is a story of numbers. 

More than 31,000 acres along three state waterways are now under permanent conservation protection. That includes 1,563 acres purchased in the past year in the three HRI Conservation Areas — Sugar Creek (1,221 acres), Austin Bottoms (302 acres) and Wabash River (40 acres). 

Other notable HRI numbers include:


-          8,242 acres open to public recreation.

-          57 miles of river frontage now under protection.

-          11 parking lots that provide public access.

-          1,000 tons of stone used to construct parking lots at access sites.

-          5,420 boundary markers posted at HRI sites.


“HRI is a true conservation success story right here in Indiana that shows the power of partnerships,” DNR director Cameron Clark said. “Accomplishing something of this magnitude requires leveraging our conservation dollars and resources across numerous natural resource agencies and organizations. We are thrilled with what this partnership has accomplished in just four years.” 

HRI was launched in 2010 to secure permanent conservation protection of nearly 70,000 acres along Sugar Creek, the Wabash River and the Muscatatuck River. 

The project partners work with landowners to provide a model that balances forest, farmland and natural resources conservation; connects separated parcels of public land to benefit wildlife; protects wildlife habitat and rest areas for migratory birds; opens lands to public recreational activities; establishes areas for nature tourism; and provides clean water and protection from flooding to downstream landowners. 

The DNR’s project partners in HRI are the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy of Indiana, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

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Contact Information:
Name: Angie Tilton
Phone: (317) 234-8101

July Programs at Monroe Lake‏


• July Program Schedule
• The Fairie 

Gathering, June 21
• 4th of July Weekend, July 3-6
• Fourwinds’ Fireworks Show, July 5 at Dusk
• Heritage Days, July 11-13
• The Life of a Tree, July 17 at 10am
• Lunch with Nature Series: Life Under at Log, July 28 at 11am
• Hiking Stick Workshop, July 31 at 10am

July Program Schedule

Lots of stuff to do during the month of July! We’re offering programs and activities almost every single day, so view the full schedule and plan your next visit…

July Program Schedule

The Fairie Gathering, June 21 
Don’t forget about The Fairie Gathering this Saturday, June 21. We’re excited to debut this new special event, and we hope you enjoy it. 

Details on the JUNE Program Schedule

4th of July Weekend, July 3-6
We’re offering 16 fun programs, crafts, and other activities to complement your vacation at Monroe Lake. From patriotic crafts, to bird bingo, to solar cooking – there’s something for everyone!

Details on the July Program Schedule

Fourwinds’ Fireworks Show, July 5 at Dusk
The Fourwinds Resort and Marina at Fairfax SRA presents their annual fireworks display. With clear skies, fireworks should be visible from multiple locations around the lake. Please be aware that parking at Fairfax SRA itself will be scarce during the hours leading up to the fireworks; once parking fills, additional vehicles will be turned away.

Heritage Days, July 11-13
Visit the Heritage Village and see history brought alive… you might watch a craftsman twisting a rope, try your hand at throwing a tomahawk, or step inside a trader’s tent. Participate in traditional craft programs… a straw ornament, painted glass jar, yarn doll, leather tooling, mini bow and arrows craft, herbal sachet, and a punched “tin” craft. You can even enjoy a pioneer cooking demo!

Details on the July Program Schedule

The Life of a Tree, July 17 at 10am
Bring your young child (recommended for ages 4 to 8) over to Paynetown SRA for a special hike, story, and craft designed just for them!

Details on the July Program Schedule

Lunch with Nature Series: Life Under at Log, July 28 at 11am
Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! We still have two spots open for the July program, but you must register by July 25. Recommended for ages 16+.

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Hiking Stick Workshop, July 31 at 10am
Cost is $10 per person; limited to 10 participants. Registration required by July 29 to the Paynetown Activity Center at (812) 837-9967; payment required at registration. Recommended for ages 12+.

Details on the July Program Schedule


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Bonus antlerless quotas reduced in 19 counties

Bonus antlerless county quotas have been set for the 2014 Indiana deer hunting season, with quotas being reduced in 19 counties and increased in four.

The quota assigned to a county represents the number of antlerless deer a hunter may take in that county above the basic bag limits. A license is needed for each deer taken.

Determining bonus antlerless quotas is based on a variety of factors - crop damage reports, deer-vehicle collisions, deer-vehicle collisions per billion miles driven, and landowner and hunter surveys that measure individual satisfaction level with deer numbers per county. Read more

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Come see us at State Fair Fishin’ Pond and DNR building, Aug. 1-17

Stop by the DNR building at the state fair, learn about animals, enjoy programs, meet our staff and cool off from the heat.

Check out the large aquariums filled with fish you'll find in Indiana waters, see a snake or two, and view live raptors at the amphitheater.

Interested in volunteering for the State Fair Fishin' Pond? You'll get a free fair ticket and T-shirt. See our schedule of events


HRI celebrating a successful year

The Healthy Rivers INitiative (HRI) just celebrated its 4th anniversary in it's quest to establish Indiana as a national leader in wetlands and wildlife protection. Learn more about the HRI accomplishments this year.

Reserved hunt applications start July 1

Applications for many reserved hunts start July 1, including, state park deer reduction hunts, military/refuge deer hunts, dove hunts and other gamebird or small game hunts on DNR properties.

To apply, an applicant must possess a valid hunting license for the species they intend to hunt. Not sure which license you need? Find out with the sport license finder


Bird banders in action last year

Fish & Wildlife staff banding mourning doves, ducks and Canada geese

In July, our wildlife staff will be banding doves, ducks and Canada geese. Biologists will determine the age and sex of each bird. A small metal band is affixed to the leg of the bird. These bands do not injure or impair the birds and will remain on for life. Hunters will occasionally harvest these banded birds and relay the information back to the bird banding lab through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Important data about migration patterns, longevity and population dispersal is determined by these band recoveries.

Shooting range events for families and veterans

Kingsbury FWA will offer several family fun nights at the shooting range in July. Each event will have different firearms that'll be featured. The event is free, but registration is required. More information.

J.E. Roush FWA will be hosting a veterans shooting sports day on the range on July 20, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More information.

Educators learn how to teach bowhunting to students
Join us at Pine Knob Park in Howe, IN for an explore bowhunting workshop. This workshop gives educators the tools to teach students how to interact with natural resources by developing basic skills used to bowhunt with a focus on getting close to animals. The program is designed to teach educators of students from 11-17 years of age. More information.

Progress on Crosley FWA shooting range
We’re making progress on the shooting range at Crosley FWA with help from Atterbury FWA and public access staff. We'll announce the opening in a future edition of Wild Bulletin.

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Crow: July 1 – Aug. 15. No bag limit.

Green frog and bullfrog: June 15 – April 30, 2015. Daily bag limit of 25.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report

Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Boat & Shore Fishery Update
Trout and salmon fishing has been slow, with fish widely scattered.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources creel clerks report yellow perch action is picking up in southern Lake Michigan. Michigan City anglers report yellow perch have been caught out-front of the Mt. Baldy /Black’s Ditch area west to Beverly Shores in water depths up to 35 feet of water. Portage boat anglers report action near the doughnut and also in-front of Ogden Dunes in water depths to 30 feet of water. Hammond anglers are reporting sporadic action just outside the marina; however, action has picked up in the Cal Park area in water depths to 28 feet of water. Yellow perch are averaging around 10 inches but don’t be surprised if you harvest a few jumbo while you are out fishing. In all these locations, anglers stated that minnows were the top producing bait, with larger golden roaches taking the nicer fish.

Smallmouth bass action along the lakefront continues to be red hot as long as lake and weather conditions are favorable. Bass are now in post-spawn mode. Boat anglers should concentrate their efforts along rocky rip rap that is prevalent along the outside of the Port of Indiana breakwall as well as from the city of Gary west to Hammond. Bass anglers trying their luck out of Michigan City should try along the detached breakwater. As far as lures, anglers have had good success with crankbaits, small spinnerbaits and tube jigs that resemble gobies. Smallmouths in the 14-18 inch range are abundant in southern Lake Michigan with fish up to 6 pounds caught every year. When water conditions are favorable, boat anglers should try fishing the lower sections of the East and West Branches of the Little Calumet River. Over the years, we have seen an increase in largemouth bass populations in these areas. Large woody debris along with boat dock pilings provide abundant habitat for these ambush feeders. Same tactics used out on Lake Michigan for smallmouth bass are applicable for the largemouths.

Over the past week, shore anglers in Michigan City and over at the Portage Lakefront Park have reported very few skamania steelhead caught off the piers. Shrimp suspended anywhere from 3-8 feet below a bobber have been the go to bait for anglers. Other baits and lures that have also produced in the past include nightcrawlers, live alewifes, small crankbaits, wobbler type spoons and spinners. Most of the action is occurring in the early morning hours. Anglers fishing the harbor of Michigan City continue to catch channel catfish. As for baits, shrimp, nightcrawlers or any commercially prepared catfish bait fished right on the bottom have provided action. Shore anglers continue to report action for panfish and smallmouth bass off the fishing platforms at Hammond and East Chicago Marinas and also at the Portage Lakefront Park and the Public Access Site inside the Port of Indiana. Live bait such as worms have been providing good action for the panfish while minnows, tube jigs and small crankbaits have been productive for bass. Water temperature was 72° F as of this morning with water visibility greater than 18 inches.

Stream Fishery Update

Small numbers of skamania steelhead are moving into the creeks on a daily basis based on numbers trapped at the Trail Creek Sea Lamprey Barrier. Anglers caught a few this week in Trail Creek. Anglers that were interviewed said that steelhead are scattered throughout the creek and no one area is fishing any better than the next. Currently, Trail Creek’s flow is about average for this time of year with water visibility greater than 12 inches. No action to report on the western tributaries of Salt Creek and the East Branch of the Little Calumet River. To get the latest data on discharge and gauge height of streams and rivers in Indiana, check out the US Geological Survey Water Resources for Indiana web page (

As far as baits, anglers had the best luck floating shrimp or spawn bags just off the bottom through the deeper holes and runs. Orange, brass and silver spinners also caught aggressive fish in the same areas.

Notes to Anglers

Just a reminder to all anglers fishing Trail Creek that no fishing is allowed within 100 feet upstream of the Trail Creek Sea Lamprey Barrier or downstream to the Pottawatomie Country Club Golf Course property line located adjacent to Springland Ave in Michigan City. 

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St Joseph River Fishing Report

Date updated  
Fishing Report Smallmouth and walleye are starting to settle into their summer patterns. Drifting nightcrawlers on a jig or slip sinker rig is a surefire technique for both species, as is a 3" twistertail on a jighead, bounced through deep runs and pool tailouts.The Skamania steelhead run is not yet in swing. Water temperatures are in the low to mid 70s 
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Mississinewa Lake Fishing Report

Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Lake level is at summer pool with upper 70 degree surface temps. Target catfish and bluegills with warm water temps. Released 50K walleye fingerlings into lake on 6/3/2014. Call 765-473-6528 for additional information on lake conditions. Motorized Lake Permit stickers are $22.00. 
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Salamonie Lake Fishing Report

Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report As of 7/10/14 we are at 755.4 feet, summer pool. Crappie, Catfish, and Stripers hitting on minnows, jigs and tubes, wigglers and night crawlers, depth 9ft. and 14-18ft. The water is relatively clear, and the Army Corps discharge at 88 CFS. No precipitation in last 24 hrs. 
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Worster Lake at Potato Creek State Park. Fishing Report

Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Bluegill and crappie are biting great. Crawlers and redworms have been the best bait. 
Region North 


 LaPorte Area Lakes Fishing Report

Date updated 7/9/2014 
Fishing Report Crappies, readear, and bluegill continue to be caught on the deep weedlines. Bobbers and live bait are hard to beat, as is drifting or slow-trolling small plastics on light jigheads 
Region North 

Bruce Lake Fishing Report

Date updated 7/9/2014 
Fishing Report Anglers are catching panfish and bass near the weedlines. Some anglers reported having to sort through small panfish to get enough larger fish to take home 
Region North 

Steuben County Lakes. Fishing Report

Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Bluegill still bedding and walleye going crazy on Clear Lake and Crooked Lake. Bass can be found on inside weed lines. Crappie are hanging out in deep weeds on Snow and James. Fish went deep at Trine SRA. Big redears are being caught on Lake George. Bluegill are done spawning on little lakes but still on beds on big and deep natural lakes 
Region North 

J.C. Murphy (Willow Slough) Fishing Report

Date updated 7/9/2014 
Fishing Report Bass action remains good for 12-17 inch fish. Topwater frogs are always a good bet this time of year. Try fishing with braided line to help muscle fish out of heavy vegetation. Panfish action is sporadic but a few anglers report that moving around and searching for fish has resulted in very nice catches 
Region North 

Roush Lake Fishing Report

Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Roush Lake is currently near summer pool. Catfishing is good, try using chicken livers or night crawlers on gravel points on the main lake, or in deep holes below the dam. Several anglers report catching good numbers of decent sized catfish near the Kil-So-Quah boat ramp area. Ponds throughout the property still have pretty good water clarity and bluegill fishing is good. Bluegills should be off the beds so you may have to try a little deeper water. 
Region North 

Valpo Area Lakes Fishing Report

Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Panfish action is still hot with the usual tactics taking fish near weedlines. 
Region North 

Hudson Lake Fishing Report

Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Panfish action is good, with deep weedlines offering the most fish. For northern pike, try a large minnow or sucker under a bobber with a quick-strike rig, or cast 1/2 oz spinner baits, suspending jerkbaits, or weedless spoons 
Region North 

Wolf Lake Fishing Report

Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report A few walleyes have been caught by anglers fishing at night, using suspending jerkbaits or live bait such as minnows or leeches. Popular walleye colors are tennessee shad and chrome blue. Like most area lakes, largemouth are being caught on topwater scum frogs and texas-rigged plastics in and around vegetation 
Region North 

Webster Lake Fishing Report

Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Bass action is good. Muskie action is fair, with the usual baits such as bucktails and glide/jerkbaits taking fish. As water temperatures warm, night fishing can be a good option, although anglers should make sure to carry all proper release tools such as hook cutters, pliers, and a large net, as warm water can be stressful to muskies. 
Region North 

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Eagle Creek Reservoir Fishing Reports

Date updated 7/10/2014 

Fishing Report The muskie tracking study by Ball State is ongoing. Preliminary results show that juvenile muskies move shallower at night 
Region Central 






Hovey Lake Fishing Report 


Date updated 7/9/2014 

Fishing Report Lake and rivers are settling down to normal summer pools. Flatheads are taking large live baits such as bluegill and bullheads. Channel cats are being caught by drift fishing under bobbers with livers, nightcrawlers or cut bait. 
Region South 


Patoka Lake Fishing Report


Date updated 7/9/2014 

Fishing Report Pool elevation is at 538.8. Surface water temperature is at 84. Discharge rate is at 100 CFS. Those wishing to report specifics about their fishing experience and help keep Fishing Reports current may do so by calling the Patoka Lake Office at (812) 685-2464. Largemouth Bass: Activity: Good,  Depth: 3'-17' Striped Bass: Activity: Slow, Depth: 2'-18' Crappie: Activity: Slow, Depth: 4'-10' Bluegill: Activity: Slow, Depth: 2'-15' Channel Catfish: Activity: Great, Depth: 1'-15' Walleye: Activity: Good, Depth: 1'-20' 
Region South 



Find out what fish are

  biting in your area lakes                  

Anglers can find out what fish are biting in a certain lake on what bait by looking online at the updated DNR fishing reports. 

The DNR has improved this Web page,, to allow for more information to be easily shared about lakes across the state. 

The new look splits the state into three zones, North, Central, and South. Each zone can be clicked on an interactive map to see all lake reports in that region. A dropdown list of lakes in the system is also available to allow quick specific searches. 

“The new fishing reports system allows DNR staff to provide updates throughout the state,” said Bill James, DNR fisheries chief. “This allows us to get more information to the public on lakes we are surveying in real time, and for anglers to know what is biting throughout the year.” 

The information will be updated toward the end of every week, so anglers will have current information for each weekend. 

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