For more information about the program, call D&R Sports Center at 372-2277 or visit D&R Sports Center’s website at www.dandrsports.com.
Steelhead still coming
The winter steelhead movement on the St. Joseph River continues.
Lake Michigan biologist Brian Breidert said although falling water temperatures (38 degrees late last week) have slowed things down, a few fish continue to move.
Bridert said 88 steelhead passed through the South Bend fish ladder between Nov. 21-27, but only nine have ventured upstream since Nov. 24. The steelhead are a mixture of Skamania and Michigan’s winter steelhead.
Some 1,000 fish moved up during November, bringing the total to 7,359 since June 1. Other fish moving up this fall included 444 kings, 469 coho and 8 browns. The bulk of the run occurred August (4,302) and November.
River anglers are catching fish, too, although best reports are coming out of the lower river below Berrien Springs dam.
State passes available
Annual entrance, boating and horseback riding permits for Indiana State Parks & Reservoirs for 2014 are now available for purchase.
The permits are available online at InnsGifts.com and at state park and reservoir property offices.
State Parks & Reservoirs entrance permits cost $40 for Indiana residents and $60 for out-of-state residents. Golden Hoosier Permits, which are entrance permits for Hoosiers age 65 or older, cost $20. Motorized lake permits cost $22, non-motorized lake permits cost $5 and horseback riding permits cost $20.
Permits and passes for 2014 are valid from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014.
For reservations at any of the state park inns, call 1-877-563-4371 or visit IndianaInns.com. Reservations for camping can be made six months in advance at camp.IN.gov. Reservations will be accepted for Memorial Day weekend starting Nov. 23.
Grass carp in Erie
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has determined grass carp, a species of Asian carp, are naturally reproducing within the Lake Erie basin, confirming reports officials have been receiving from commercial fishermen.