Catfish Charlies Pay Lake.
8615 W. County Road 900N Elizabethtown, Indiana 47232 Telephone: 812-392-5015
The fish are hungry, and we'd like to invite you out for some fish catching, line snapping,
rod bending action. The fish are ready, how about you ?
are open ! If you have any questions please call us at:
Bent hooks, snapped line, and broken rods. Just a way of life fishing at Charlie's.
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a Neat site that I found about showing Indiana State Parks with
video's, and with several about Hunter safety and tree stands, plus just
to much more in there to explore! Made possible from our Indiana DNR.
Some great stuff in here! http://www.youtube.com/idnrvideos
Indiana Mushroom Hunting Contest
Hunt for the Big Indiana Morel Mushroom Contest.
Beginning April 1,
2014 Indiana Fishing & Hot Spots at
along with the Indiana
be hosting a mushroom
The contest will be open to all Indiana
residents 18 and older.
The object of the contest is to find the
biggest Morel Mushroom
anywhere in Indiana. You don't
even have to
pick it if you don't want to. Here's how
Take a photo of the morel mushroom with a tape
measure or ruler beside it.
Not behind it. Mushroom and ruler must be easy to see
in the photo.
No blurry images or pictures from last year
will be accepted.
Gray's, blacks, and the yellow sponge mushrooms will
The contest, or sweepstakes is open to all
Indiana residents currently
living in the Hoosier state over 18 years old. The contest is free
to enter, but you must first find a morel mushroom to be eligible for prizes.
All photo's must be of mushrooms found in Indiana.
5. The contest will end on May 31,
can be submitted up until then.
Photo's can be posted in our message forums at:
Photo's can also be mailed to me at:
Postal Mail at:
Indiana Fishing & Hot Spots
19 Pleasant Drive
We will go through all of the entries at that
time to determine a winner.
Any tie's or disputes and myself and
staff will decide.
We will also be giving out a
Booby prize for the
smallest mushroom found.
We also have lot's of mushrooms found in between the
big one, and the
smallest one, so we will have a prize for that
also for best photo.
I'll be getting a prize list together in the
next few days.
Any questions you can email me at:
Again, this contest is open, and free, to
Good luck have fun !
Mansfield Roller Mill
in mushroom festival
The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill will participate in
Mansfield’s Mushroom Festival on April 26 and 27.
The mill will be open both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitors can explore the historic three-story mill,
which contains original 1880s milling equipment.
Visitors also can sign up for a mushroom hunt.
Registration is at Fox’s Overlook from 8 to 10 a.m.
both days. Check with Fox’s Overlook for
You can buy or sell morels during the mushroom auction
both days or attend on Sunday to see the car show.
The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill is managed by
Raccoon State Recreation Area.
The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill (stateparks.IN.gov/3262.htm)
is at 6089 South Mill Road, Mansfield, 47872.
Indiana Outdoor News, recreation,
events, festivals, state
parks, inns, fishing, and hunting.
turkey hunting season starts April 23
Indiana's 45th annual spring turkey hunting begins
Wednesday statewide, and DNR wildlife research
biologist Steve Backs is expecting harvest results
similar to last year.
Hunters can kill one male or bearded turkey in the
spring season, which runs through May 11. A two-day
youth season this past weekend gave young hunters a
chance to bag a bird before the regular season opened.
In 2013, hunters harvested 11,374 birds in 89 of
Indiana’s 92 counties. Harrison County led the way
with 512 birds.
"I expect hunters to take 11,000 turkeys, plus or
minus a thousand," Backs said.
Indiana instituted turkey hunting in 1970. In 2010, a
record 13,742 birds were taken.
In recent seasons, Backs said harvest numbers are
trending slightly downward because the turkey
population in Indiana and the entire eastern United
States is stabilizing. Turkey populations have grown
steadily over the last 50 years after states
reintroduced the birds to areas where they had been
eliminated by loss of habitat and unregulated
“We’re still going to have a good turkey season,
but after a few decades of ever increasing harvests,
our turkey population growth is stabilizing with a
lower level of annual production, something seen in
many other states” Backs said.
Wild turkeys were eliminated from Indiana by the early
1900s. A reintroduction program from 1956 to 2004
released almost 3,000 wild-trapped birds throughout
Now natural disease and predators are catching up with
those restored turkey populations, Backs said. Turkey
eggs and poults are vulnerable to predators that range
from blue jays to coyotes.
“Predators eventually learn there’s something new
on the menu,” Backs said.
Weather could also play a role in harvest numbers. The
especially frigid winter may have killed more turkeys
than normal. And the slow start to spring will mean
there is less vegetation in the woods than normal,
making it easier for turkeys to see an approaching
“Hunters are going to hear turkeys from a longer
distance,” Backs said. “But turkeys are going to
see hunters coming from a longer distance also.”
Roughly 60,000 hunters pursue turkeys in Indiana.
To hunt wild turkeys, a valid turkey hunting license
(regular or apprentice) and a valid game bird habitat
stamp are required. Hunters who have a lifetime
comprehensive hunting license, a lifetime
comprehensive hunting/fishing license, or a resident
youth hunt/trap license do not need to purchase the
game bird habitat stamp because it is included with
those license types.
An apprentice license is available to anyone,
including hunters born after Dec. 31, 1986, who have
yet to complete the requirement of hunter education.
All persons, regardless of age, are limited to three
apprentice licenses in their lifetime.
Legal turkey hunting equipment includes 10-, 12-, 16-,
or 20-gauge shotguns loaded with No. 4, 5, 6, 7 or 7½
pellets; muzzleloading shotguns not smaller than
20-gauge nor larger than 10-gauge; bow and arrow; or
Turkeys may be hunted one-half hour before sunrise to
sunset, except at all DNR fish and wildlife areas and
at Mississinewa and Salamonie lakes, where legal
hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until 1
p.m. EDT (noon CDT).
All turkeys must be properly tagged and checked-in at
an official turkey check station or through the
DNR’s CheckIN Game program (CheckINgame.dnr.IN.gov or
1-800-419-1326). A list of check stations is available
in the 2013-2014 Hunting and Trapping Guide or at wildlife.IN.gov.
The phone-in option of CheckIN Game includes a $3
lamprey control planned for Trail Creek
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel will soon
apply treatments to Trail Creek in LaPorte County to
kill invasive sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the
The applications will happen between April 22 and May
1 in accordance with State of Indiana permits and will
take about six days. Application dates are tentative
and may be changed based on weather or stream
Sea lamprey larvae live in certain Great Lakes
tributaries and grow to parasitic adults that migrate
to the Great Lakes and kill fish. An adult lamprey can
consume 40 pounds of fish in its lifetime. Failure to
kill the larvae in streams would result in significant
damage to the Great Lakes fishery.
This lampricide treatment will target larval-phase
lampreys that were spawned before the construction of
the Trail Creek Sea Lamprey barrier in 2012. The
barrier prevents adult spawning-phase sea lamprey from
reaching spawning habitats upstream, thus eliminating
the need for future chemical treatment.
Indiana magazine features “Indiana’s ocean”
Outdoor Indiana magazine’s May-June issue features
an article on Lake Michigan.
Although the Hoosier coastline is only 45 miles long,
“Indiana’s ocean” is a cultural, recreational
and economic powerhouse for Indiana.
The 48-page full-color magazine also includes a
removable eight-page insert on O’Bannon Woods State
Park. That article continues the magazine’s series
in which one state park or reservoir property will be
portrayed through 2016, the 100th anniversary of
Indiana state parks. To view a short video on the
park, go to youtube.com/idnrvideos,
select the State Parks and Reservoirs playlist, and go
to the right until you reach O’Bannon Woods.
Outdoor Indiana is available now at most DNR
properties and Barnes & Noble stores in Indiana
for $4. Subscriptions are $15 for one year (six
issues, a 38 percent savings off cover) and $28 for
two years (12 issues, a 42 percent savings off cover).
While supplies last, every new subscriber will receive
a 2014 Outdoor Indiana wall calendar.
Subscribe at innsgifts.com or
by calling (317) 233-3046. To read article excerpts,
Preservation & Archaeology
The National Park Service has presented its first ever
“National Cultural Resources Stewardship and
Partnership Award” to the DNR Division of Historic
Preservation & Archaeology.
The award recognizes the Division’s 35-year effort
to systematically survey and document historic
buildings and structures in all 92 Indiana counties.
Cultural resource surveys are required by the National
Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and Indiana is the
first state to complete such a survey of its historic
National Park Service assistant director Jon Smith
presented the award at the state preservation
conference in New Albany earlier this month.
Two organizations that partnered with the Division on
the survey shared in the award – Indiana Landmarks
and ARCH, Inc., of Fort Wayne.
The Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory
began in the mid-1970s. Using federal funds
administered by the Division, Indiana Landmarks
provided matching funds and sent surveyors into about
three counties each year. ARCH also provided matching
funds and undertook the survey of several counties in
the northeastern part of the state. The Indiana
Department of Transportation provided additional
Historic resources documented in the surveys include
houses, commercial buildings, schools, churches,
libraries, farmsteads, government buildings, bridges,
and cemeteries. Each documented resource is at least
50 years old.
The Division uses information gathered from surveys to
help determine which properties may be eligible for
listing in the National Register of Historic Places
and the Indiana Register. The survey also provides
information on historic buildings that may be affected
by state and federal projects.
River trout stocking under review
DNR officials are considering ending trout stocking in
a section of the Mississinewa River in southwest
Randolph County unless interest in trout fishing on
that stream increases.
The site along State Road 1 at the Randolph County
Wildlife Management Area has been stocked with as many
as 400 rainbow trout each spring since 2005. The trout
are stocked the week before opening day of Indiana’s
stream trout season.
Opening day of stream trout season is the last
Saturday in April, which this year is April 26.
Although the initial stockings were deemed successful,
lack of interest among anglers, poor habitat
conditions, and low trout harvest have reduced trout
fishing effort and catch in recent years.
DNR officials think the remote location, lack of
public awareness, and fluctuating river levels limit
angler use. Timing can also be a factor.
“Last year a flash flood occurred the day after the
trout were stocked,” said Jed Pearson, DNR fisheries
biologist. “We think many of the trout moved out of
the area before opening day.”
Pearson said the clarity of the river is also reduced
after rains due the amount of silt in the water. This
limits the ability of sight-feeding trout to find
The upper reach of the Mississinewa River also has
been channelized. As a result, pools and riffles that
would typically be present in a natural stream are
Despite these limitations, Pearson said one goal of
the stocking program is to provide trout fishing
opportunities across the state. Most of Indiana’s 17
trout streams are along the state’s northern
“By stocking the Mississinewa we hoped to draw
fishermen from nearby Muncie, Hartford City, and
Portland,” said Pearson. “But that hasn’t
Even when river conditions were good in 2012, fewer
than 10 anglers fished for trout on opening day. Only
seven trout were kept.
“If turnout and harvest are low again this year, we
may look to find an alternative site somewhere in the
area closer to people,” Pearson said.
One option may be to stock the trout in a pond in a
park-like setting where access is easier, habitat
features are better, and more people live nearby.
“We’re hoping river conditions and trout fishing
are better this year,” Pearson said. “If they are,
we’ll likely stock it again next
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