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DNR to conduct fish surveys at 16 area lakes

Department of Natural Resources biologists will conduct fish surveys at 16 northern Indiana lakes this month, the agency said today.

The surveys are part of an annual project to monitor the long-term status and trends of fish populations in the region’s lakes. the DNR's Division of Fish & Wildlife said in a statement.

It said northeast Indiana lakes to be surveyed are Hill, McClure, and Waubee lakes in Kosciusko County; Adams and Royer lakes in LaGrange County; Crooked, Gordy and Miller lakes in Noble County; Arrowhead, Hamilton, Little Lime, and Silver lakes in Steuben County; and Little Cedar Lake in Whitley County.

During the surveys, biologists will capture, identify, measure and release fish during a two-day period, the statement said.

“Our sampling gives us a basic picture of the fish species, their number and their size,” said Steve Donabauer, a DNR research biologist who is overseeing the project, in the statement.

“Because the lakes are chosen randomly and represent a variety of lake habitats, we can put together a composite view of how fish populations are changing through time.”