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FISH STOCKING PROJECT: Ind. DNR to add nearly 2,000 muskie

June 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY ­— A stocking program will bring a variety of fish to Loon Lake thanks to the DNR’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.

“Fish management can sometimes be controversial,” said Jeremy Price, DNR regional fisheries supervisor. “Although fish stockings are usually very popular, some folks have concerns that need to be addressed.”

Loon Lake Property Owners Association hosted a discussion on the stocking proposal at its annual meeting in May.

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