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DNR: Indiana Anglers Pursue Bluegill The Most

Posted On July 14, 2017

By Travis Thayer

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – When it comes to a favorite fish, most Indiana anglers are in agreement as to who tops the list.

The Indiana DNR released the results of the 2016 Indiana Licensed Angler Survey on Friday. The survey provides the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife Fisheries Section with a snapshot of attitudes, opinions and preferences of Indiana’s anglers.

According to the survey, Indiana anglers said the bluegill is the most pursued species in the Hoosier state. Other popular fish include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie and channel catfish.

Since the Indiana Licensed Angler Survey began in 1977, the bluegill has been a constant as the most popular fish in the state.

This year, more than 60 percent of anglers said they support a harvest limit on bluegills and size limits on crappie, compared to less than 26 percent expressing opposition. A good majority of anglers said the Fisheries Section should focus on the management of native, self-sustaining sport fish species.

Anglers also showed a preference for stocking walleye and indicated that the Fisheries Section should increase stocking efforts on small and large reservoirs.

Currently, most Hoosier anglers fish most often in private ponds, small rivers and streams, and the natural lakes in northern Indiana.

To view the full 2016 Indiana Licensed Angler Survey, visit www.fishing.IN.gov.