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COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” A stocking program will bring a variety of fish to Loon Lake thanks to the DNRâ€™s approval and the support of property owners.
A group known as the Loon Lake Fish Maintenance Program is proposing to stock 400 muskies and 1,500 walleyes in the 222-acre lake this fall. The fish will be purchased from a commercial hatchery in Wisconsin and the project is privately funded.
Before any fish can be stocked into a public lake, the DNR must approve the request.
DNR officials approved a similar request in 2013, but later received comments that lake residents were not given an adequate voice in the permit decision.
â€śFish management can sometimes be controversial,â€ť said Jeremy Price, DNR regional fisheries supervisor. â€śAlthough fish stockings are usually very popular, some folks have concerns that need to be addressed.â€ť
Loon Lake Property Owners Association hosted a discussion on the stocking proposal at its annual meeting in May.
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