Indiana DNR Stocks Record Number of Fish in 2014

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The Indiana Department of Natural Resources stocked almost 32 million fish last year- a record number for biologists.

The DNR and other organizations affiliated with the DNR stocked 31.9 million fish in 70 Indiana counties in 2014. That surpasses the amount for a typical year, which usually amounts between 22 and 24 million fish.

According to a press release, the increase is attributed to the near-record number of walleye eggs that were collected at Brookville Lake, located east of Indianapolis. Those eggs also had a high survival rate and as a result, 10 million more walleye were added to Indiana waterways.

Other species stocked throughout Indiana were bluegill, brown trout, crappie, channel catfish, chinook salmon, coho salmon, grass carp, hybrid striped bass, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, muskie, pike, rainbow trout, redear sunfish, saugeye, steelhead, striped bass and yellow perch.</div>

Stocking fish size ranged from fry to channel catfish and muskellunge more than a foot long.

Fish were raised and stocked with the help of anglers through fishing license sales and the Sport Fish Restoration Fund, which collects excise tax paid by the manufacturer on qualifying fishing equipment.
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