Lake at NE Ind. park being drained, fish replaced

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BLUFFTON, Ind. The lake at a northeastern Indiana state park is being drained so that its fish can be replaced.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources officials say that Kunkel Lake in Ouabache State Park has become overrun with carp and small bluegills, without enough largemouth bass to control the bluegill population. The lake is also overrun with crayfish that stir up mud so that few aquatic plants are present.

The agency expects the 25-acre lake in the park near Bluffton will be drained into the nearby Wabash River by the end of September. As the lake refills, it will be restocked with a mix of largemouth bass, bluegills, channel catfish and sunfish.

DNR biologist Jed Pearson says fishing quality won't improve at the lake without the draining project.

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