DNR stocked a record number of fish in 2014

By Adam Lee                                                                                                                                                                  TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Anglers and environmentalists will be happy to hear that Indiana stocked a record number of fish in 2014.

The Department of Natural Resources stocked a total of 31.9 million fish in 70 different counties, an increase from the typical 22 million to 24 million that are normally stocked.

The increase was due to the number and survival rate of walleye eggs collected from Brookville Lake used by DNR biologists in hatchery production. Due to the success of the eggs the DNR stocked 10 million more walleye eggs than usual.

A variety of other fish were stocked ranging from smaller species like bluegill and hybrid sunfish to larger species such as muskellunge and channel catfish.

Brian Schoenung, chief of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife fisheries, explained the impact that stocking fish has on the state.

“Fish stockings not only add value to the fishery but also give a boost to the local economy by bringing additional anglers to the area,” Schoenung said.

The stockings also help with natural reproduction and help support species that otherwise wouldn’t have the ability to reproduce in the area.

For more information behind fish stockings and to see if a lake near you was stocked visit fishing.in.gov.

Adam Lee is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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