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August 18, 2013

OUTDOOR COLUMN: Here come the trout in the St. Joe

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GOSHEN — Bass tagging update

The Indiana DNR’s bass tagging of bass in the St. Joseph River has been postponed until fall.

Biologist Neil Ledet said sampling at three stations produced very few fish because the fish appear to have moved off shore.

The DNR uses electro-shocking equipment to capture bass but the gear is only effective in shallow water.

“We talked to a lot of anglers who said they were catching bass in nine feet and our equipment doesn’t reach that deep,” Ledet said. “We’ll return in the fall when the fish are shallower.”

The bass will be tagged for an on-going river bass study. Anglers who catch bass with tags and report them can win Bass Pro Shops Gift Cards.

Bird season dates

Indiana’s 2013 early migratory bird season dates have been submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Indiana DNR.

As in other years, these dates are not final until the USFWS approves them, which typically happens by the end of August.

The DNR also is requesting changes to bag and possession limits. Under the request, migratory bird possession limits would increase from twice the daily bag limit to three-times the daily bag limit. The DNR has also asked to increase the daily bag limit for the September teal season from four to six.

The season dates and limit requests are both within the framework provided by USFWS, so no changes are anticipated. A later release will notify of approval or change.

Here’s what the DNR has requested:

Mourning doves: Statewide, 15-bird bag/45-bird possession limit: Sept. 1–Oct. 13 and Nov. 8–Dec. 4.

Sora rails: Statewide, 25-bird bag/75-bird possession limit: Sept. 1–Nov. 9.

Woodcock: Statewide, three-bird bag/nine-bird possession limit: Oct. 15–Nov. 28.

Common snipe: Statewide, eight-bird bag/24-bird possession limit: Sept. 1–Dec. 16.

September teal: Statewide, six-bird bag/18-bird possession limit, blue- and green-winged teal only: Sept. 7–22.

Canada geese: Statewide, five-bird bag/15-bird possession limit: Sept. 1–15.

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