Sports and Outdoors

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Salamonie Reservoir features youth and adult fishing opportunities

Indiana DNR Release:

Those seeking a fishing hot spot need look no farther Salamonie Reservoir, particularly this year.

“Anglers are having good success this year as another sizeable class of white crappie makes its way through the ranks,”said DNR wildlife specialist Justin Harrington.

White Bass, bluegill, and channel catfish are other fish frequently sought—and caught— at Salamonie Reservoir.

Forty-eight fish attractors are placed throughout Salamonie Reservoir at various depths and GPS locations. Five fish attractors have also been added below winter pool level to increase opportunity for ice fishermen during that time of year. Maps and GPS coordinates of all fish attractor locations can be obtained at the Salamonie visitors center and the Salamonie interpretive center.

At Hominy Ridge Lake in Salamonie River State Forest, size restrictions have been removed to help reduce an overpopulation of small bluegill and redear sunfish. This makes for an excellent opportunity to introduce a child to fishing. The bag limit of 15 bluegill and redear singly or in aggregate still remains.

A 2-acre pond was also stocked in 2009 with bluegill, redear, channel catfish and largemouth bass in management unit S-3 on Salamonie property, making for another great place to take a kid fishing. Over the next year, these fish will grow to be a catchable size.

Maps of all fishing ponds on Salamonie property can be found at the Salamonie visitors center and interpretive center. Additionally, fishing reports are updated weekly and can be found at Click on Northeast Indiana for Salamonie Reservoir reports.

Free Kids Fishing Derbies will be held at Salamonie, Mississinewa, and Roush lakes on June 5. Every participating child gets a prize package. Those with winning fish are awarded tackle and fishing equipment. Call Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, (260) 468-2127, to sign up children ages 2-14 for the June 5 Free Kids Fishing Derby at one of the three lakes.

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