Shallow, weedy ponds are more susceptible to winter kills. As aquatic plants naturally die during winter, plant decomposition consumes the oxygen fish and other aquatic life need. Once a winter kill begins, little can be done to stop it. Drilling holes in the ice will not help.
Pond owners who experience a fish kill or need advice on other pond-related issues can refer to Indiana’s Pond Management Booklet at wildlife.IN.gov/3356.htm.
Biologists do not expect significant fish kills at deep natural lakes and reservoirs. The exception could be winter kills of gizzard shad, a species vulnerable to prolonged cold weather. Because the species is prolific and fast growing, shad losses do not have a lasting impact on shad populations.
Lake residents and anglers who observe significant fish kills on public waters should contact their district fisheries biologist. Contact information is in the 2014 Fishing Regulation Guide or at wildlife.IN.gov/3590.htm.
Hosts Needed At Indiana State Parks
Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs are looking for volunteers to serve as campground hosts in exchange for free camping during their service.
Hosts work a minimum of 20 hours per week. The volunteer period varies at sites, based on the number of applicants and the amount and type of work required.
Properties looking for hosts to volunteer in April are Turkey Run, Indiana Dunes, Potato Creek and Spring Mill state parks.
Raccoon State Recreation Area is looking for a host to volunteer June 29 through Aug. 3, the entire length or in two-week periods.
Properties are looking for dedicated campers who enjoy working outdoors, with people and with DNR staff. A complete list of site availability and detailed information about hosting duties is at stateparks.IN.gov/2404.htm . Campers interested may also contact the property they desire.
Completion of a volunteer application is required to apply. Download a volunteer application form at stateparks.IN.gov/2443.htm
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