Muskies to Be Stocked in Eagle Creek Reservoir, Indiana

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will introduce muskellunge, commonly called muskies, to the 1,350-acre reservoir late this fall. Muskies are popular sport fish native to Indiana, yet there are limited opportunities to fish for them in the central part of the state. Stocking muskie in Eagle Creek Reservoir is intended to  provide anglers with a unique sport fishing opportunity while using the abundant population of gizzard shad. 

In the most recent fish community survey of the lake, gizzard shad and other non-sport fish that muskie commonly prey upon accounted for 40 percent of the fish collected. When shad densities are high they can have a negative impact on the survival and growth of sport fish. Muskie diet studies have documented that muskie feed heavily on gizzard shad and seldom prey upon largemouth bass, bluegill or crappie.

Indiana muskie populations are dependent upon stocking. The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife currently stocks the species in 12 Indiana lakes. Eagle Creek Reservoir will be stocked at a rate of one fish per acre, which is less than the traditional five-fish-per-acre stocking rate in other Indiana muskie lakes.

The DNR will closely evaluate the survival and growth of stocked muskellunge and the entire fish community in coming years to assure that stocking muskellunge does not negatively impact other sport fish in the reservoir. Eagle Creek Reservoir will continue to be stocked annually with fingerling walleye at the rate of 100 fish per acre.

Eagle Creek Reservoir is operated and managed by Indy Parks.

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Retired2hunt's picture

 Try Muskie fishing in Lake

 

Try Muskie fishing in Lake Chautauqua in the far southwest corner of New York.  Great fishing for this great sport and trophy fish!  I only caught one 40 inch muskie within this lake but it was a great fight and adventure.  I had many muskie follow the live and artificial bait to the boat only to watch them swim nearby and not take the final offering to them.  This is a great trophy fish to seek and think it must be a gamefish that is continued to be sought after.  Great focus of Indiana and I hope it continues for many north eastern and midwest states.