When was the last time a fish stripped 100 yards
of line off your reel?
When was the last time you caught a fish than
weighed more than 25 pounds?
Well, if either of these experiences interest
you, then the Indiana Striped Bass Association (ISBA) is for you.
The ISBA was formed June 11th 2006 at Cecil Harden
Reservoir in Parke County when a picnic, organizational meeting and an
election of officers were held. Door prizes were provided by many sponsors
and more than 35 people in attendance, all received prizes such as fishing
rods, lures, and trolling equipment.
The ISBA conservation organization that promotes
communication on education, tips, techniques and conservation efforts for
the enjoyment and preservation of striped bass and hybrid striped bass
The ISBA motto says it all: “The ISBA is
dedicated to the protection and preservation of the striped bass and hybrid
striped bass fisheries in Indiana.” It’s that simple.
With More than 50 members already, the ISBA is
growing fast, and is certain to be an asset to sportsmen who are interested
in striper and wiper fishing. New members are welcome by contacting: Dwight
Scifres, President ISBA. The address: P.O. Box 568 Montezuma, IN 47862,
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The new organization also has a website of information
about tactics and techniques, as well as outlining it’s conservation goal
and efforts. The website address is: http://www.indianastripedbass.org
From 1983 to 1989 some 200,000 small wiper fry
and roughly 647,313 one-to-three-inch fry were stocked in nine impoundments
of the state. Successful populations were established at lakes Freeman
and Shafer, the Tippecanoe River below the lakes, Eagle Creek, Cataract
Lake (Cagle’s Mill), and Monroe Reservoir.
The striper program started in 1974 at Brookville
Reservoir and has since spread to Harden Reservoir, Patoka Reservoir, and
However, due to “midnight stocking” the exotic
species may be found in many of the state’s other waters, including some
rivers, especially the Ohio River.
Stripers have been available only at a few lakes,
mostly from hatcheries in Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia since that program
started in 1974. Brookville was the original striper lake in Indiana, but
since that time they have been placed by the Department of Natural Resources
at Harden, Patoka, or Hardy.
The Department Of Natural Resources has announced
dares for the upcoming duck, goose, and seasons on other forms of waterfowl.
Earlier in the summer season dates for other early-migrating
waterfowl had been announced.
Here’s the way the season dates will go:
(North Zone), Oct 14 - Oct 20; and Oct.28 - Dec
19 (all dates inclusive).
(South Zone), Oct 21 -29, and Nov. 22 - Jan. 11.
(Ohio River Zone) Oct 28 - Oct 29, and Nov. 25
- Jan. 21.
(North Zone, three seasons), Oct 14 -15 (all dates
inclusive), Oct. 28 - Oct. 29, and Nov 4 - Jan. 8.
(SJBT Zone), Oct 14 -15, Oct. 28 -Dec. 29, and
Nov. 22 - Jan 6.
(South Zone), Oct 21 - 22, Nov 22 - 28.
(Ohio River Zone), Oct 28 - 29, and Nov.25 - Jan.
(Note: North and Southern James Bay Zones of the
northern part of the state have three seasons for Canada geese).
White Fronted Geese (statewide): Nov. 4
- Jan. 28.
Snow Geese, Brant (statewide): Oct. 14
- Jan. 26.
They’re playing games with deer-pen hunting again,
so much so that it is difficult to determine what’s going to happen next.
But it (deer-pen hunting) looks very much alive for at least 10 or 12 years.
Just when it conservationists of the state thought that justice was being
done. More later, after the smoke clears from the faulty info.