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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, June 02, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Catfish stocked at Lakeside

Journal Gazette

Lakeside Park in Fort Wayne is among the city parks in Indiana receiving catchable-size channel catfish stockings through early June.

The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife stocks catchable-size catfish as part of its Go FishIN in the City program. Each spring, select urban fisheries are stocked monthly from April to June.

The goal of the Go FishIN in the City program is to give families and novice anglers a convenient setting near home to hone their skills. The program also introduces kids and new anglers to outdoor recreation. Locations are chosen with amenities such as easy parking, restrooms, and shore fishing locations. Lakeside Park is one of the 10 parks on the list.

More information about the Go FishIN in the City program can be found at wildlife.IN.gov/7508.htm.

4,000 brown trout stocked in region

Several northeast Indiana bodies of water were recently stocked with nearly 4,000 brown trout averaging 8 inches in length.

Trout from Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Kentucky were stocked by DNR fisheries biologists into the Oliver Lake chain in LaGrange County (Oliver, Olin, Martin lakes), Pigeon River at County Road 1100 West on the LaGrange-Steuben County line, Solomon Creek at County Road 33 in Elkhart County, and the Little Elkhart River at County Road 10 in Elkhart County.

The bag limit for trout in inland waters, not including Lake Michigan or its tributaries, is five fish per day with a minimum size of seven inches. No more than one of these can be a brown trout. Anglers 18 years and older will need an Indiana fishing license and a trout/salmon stamp to fish for trout.

For additional information on area trout stockings, go to wildlife.IN.gov/5457.htm.

Flooding closes area campground

Substantial rain has caused flooding at J. E. Roush Lake Fish & Wildlife Area.

Kil-So-Quah campground will be closed until further notice, and officials don't know how long flooding will affect the property.

On Roush Lake, the north and south boat ramps are closed. There are also roads closed on the south side of the property due to high water levels.

J.E. Roush Lake FWA staff and Army Corp of Engineers are working together to ensure the safety of the public. The campground has been evacuated.

Water safety tips

The DNR has compiled a list of safety tips to remember before recreating on or near water:

Always wear a life jacket. Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Go with a buddy, Never venture around flooded or fast moving waterways. Avoid alcohol.

In addition to basic water safety, Indiana conservation officers are also stressing the importance of boating safety and are reminding boaters to know the rules of the water:

Reducing the boat's speed in unfamiliar areas and being aware of unusual water conditions respective to the size and type of boat are among the important environmental considerations. Designating a sober boat operator should always be a priority.