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DNR Studies Walleye Mortality On Monroe Lake
Updated April 15, 2015 6:19 AM | Filed under: Natural Resources
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(MONROE LAKE) - DNR biologists are tagging walleyes on Monroe Lake to study fishing mortality for the species.

During the last couple of weeks, biologists have used electrofishing to catch walleyes for tagging.

"So far we have tagged 78 walleyes with an overall goal of tagging at least 200 over the next couple of weeks," said Sandy Clark-Kolaks, Indiana DNR southern region fisheries research biologist.

The majority of those caught were male fish and ranged in length from 19 to 27 inches. Walleyes will be tagged with either a single or double plastic spaghetti tag near the dorsal fin.

Anglers who catch a tagged walleye should remove the tag with a knife or scissors and return the tag to the DNR. The study will help biologists understand how many walleyes anglers harvest from Monroe Lake and when.

"Information from studies from like these help us with modeling of different length-limit scenarios," Clark-Kolaks said.

Tags can be returned through tag return envelopes available at boat ramps, boat ramp gate houses, the Paynetown DNR office or the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife field office in Bloomington.

On the envelopes are questions about name and address, the tag(s) number, and whether you harvested the fish. Tag envelopes can be returned to any location where they were obtained.

Please only include tag(s) from one fish per envelope. Tags also can be mailed to the DNR Bloomington Field Office, 5596 E. State Road 46, Bloomington, IN 47401, with the above information included.



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