Indiana DNR (over-baggers) Crackdown

Some Illinois Perch fishermen think they own Lake Michigan and don’t have to follow laws! Well, this is what happens:

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is cracking down on perch over-baggers.
On Sunday, Michael Ratter, 65, of Calumet City, Ill., was cited after a conservation officer found him in possession of 50 yellow perch while fishing in Lake Michigan near the Arcelor Mittal breakwall in East Chicago, DNR said.

Get a load of this: Mike Ratter is a SU-Indiana board member, editor of their newsletter and was on the stocking committee with Bill Meier from SU and Ed Makauskas from Trollers Unlimited.

The daily limit for yellow perch in Lake Michigan is 15, putting Ratter 35 over the limit.

It’s hard to believe that a lake Michigan fisherman that was on a stocking committee would get caught over-bagging!

The bigger problem with this  is no one really knows (except the over-baggers themselves) how often and how many are taking more Perch than the law says. I’m sure is a regular thing with some greedy bastards that don’t give a damn. These are the types that don’t follow any laws.

Here is an up to date message fron the Indiana DNR:

Bringing the Fish to the People, the Go FishIN in the City Program

Go FishIN in the City is in its second year of bringing fish to urban areas. Lakes in this program are stocked with catchable sized (and edible) channel catfish. Trout also are stocked in a few locations. If you’re in an urban area, it’s likely there’s a stocked lake near you. A fishing license is required for anyone 18 or older, and a trout stamp is needed to fish for trout.

Catching a tagged bass in select Indiana rivers could earn you a gift card

Catching black bass is great recreation but it also can line your wallet, provided you fish — and catch — in the right spots.
The DNR has tagged more than 400 largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in central and northern Indiana rivers as part of an ongoing study to learn more about angler harvest and fish movement.

Anglers who catch tagged bass can earn gift cards to Bass Pro Shop for $5, $10 or $25 by reporting their catches and returning tags to DNR biologists. Read more

                                               Indiana Free fishing days on May 17, June 7-8

Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state’s public waters on these three days. To help celebrate free fishing days, locations are planning fishing derbies, knot tying and casting clinics, and cleaning and cooking classes.


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