INDIANA – Many people have heard the saying, “A bad day at fishing is better than a good day at work,” but some lucky anglers across the state may be able to combine the two.
While it certainly doesn’t qualify as “work” in the strictest sense, anglers who catch special tagged largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass can earn gift cards to Bass Pro Shop for $5, $10 of $25 by reporting their catches.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) tagged more than 400 bass in central and northern Indiana rivers as part of an ongoing study to gather more information about angler harvest and fish movement.
“This information is important enough for us to give something in return,” said DNR employee Dave Kittaca.
All bass were tagged on the lip with a metal tag that has an identification number. To receive one of the gift cards, the tags must be returned to DNR biologists.
The West Fork of the White River, located in Madison, Hamilton and Marion counties, received 160 tagged bass, from near Perkinsville downstream to the West Raymond Street Bridge.
The St. Joseph River, in St. Joseph and Elkhart counties, had 156 tagged bass released from Bristol to the Indiana-Michigan border.
Manchester University tagged 87 smallmouth bass on the Eel River, in Wabash, Miami and Cass counties, from South Whitley downstream to Logansport.
The tagged bass do not need to be harvested for anglers to receive rewards, but the tags must be removed. DNR biologists need to know if fish were harvested or released. To report tagged catches, anglers should call the number listed on the tag, 812-287-8300.
The project is a partnership between the DNR, Indiana Wildlife Federation, Reel Women-Reel Men of Indianapolis, Indy Flycasters, St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers, Indiana Smallmouth Alliance and Manchester College, who are providing administrative and financial assistance.
For more information about the program, contact Sandy Clark-Kolaks at 812-287-8300 or by email at email@example.com.
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