An angler creel survey will be conducted by the DNR at Sullivan Lake starting the week of April 8, kicking off a series of 2013 studies on the fishery.
During the creel survey, DNR fisheries representatives will count and interview anglers at Sullivan Lake, and count and measure their harvested fish through October.
The creel survey will monitor what fish the anglers are targeting, how many they are catching, and how many fishing trips are completed during the year.
An electrofishing survey for largemouth bass will be conducted in April to study the bass population. Data collected will be used to determine bass mortality, growth and overall fish condition in the lake.
A general fish community survey will be conducted in May. All fish will be collected using electrofishing, gill nets and trap nets.
In October, an electrofishing survey for stocked hybrid walleye (saugeye) will be conducted.
The targeted samplings for bass and hybrid walleye will give biologists an assessment of fish community and help them determine how the individual species relate to each other in Sullivan Lake.
2 hooks allowed for Umbrella rigs
Last year’s emergency rule that allowed 5 hooks on umbrella rigs also known as Alabama rigs has expired. Umbrella rigs remain legal to use in Indiana but may not contain more than 2 hooked lures which is consistent with the long-standing limit on number of hooks allowed per pole.
Umbrella rigs contain several jigs and simulate a school of bait fish. They come in various designs and sizes with various numbers of hooked baits.
Fishing Guide wrong on fishing below Ohio River dams
The print version of the 2013-14 Indiana Fishing Regulation Guide contains incorrect information on how fish can be taken below dams on the Ohio River.
The rule on Page 21 of the guide should state: “A person shall not take fish within 200 yards below any dam on the Ohio River except by fishing pole or hand line.”
The word “except” was dropped inadvertently from a past year’s online version of Indiana fishing regulations, and that incorrect text was carried over to this year’s print version.
Although the print version is incorrect, the language has been updated in the current online version of the guide at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/2347.htm and eregulations.com/indiana/fishing/.
The updated online version also contains a clarification on the bag limit for sauger. A chart on Page 14 now notes the daily limit for sauger, walleye and walleye-sauger hybrid is six fish in any combination of the three species. Size limits are unchanged – minimum 14 inches for walleye and walleye-sauger hybrid (except on the Ohio River and the St. Joseph River in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties) and no minimum size on sauger.