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Divers find ice fisherman’s body

Indiana Conservation Officer divers have located the body of a Jackson County man who fell through the ice Friday night while fishing at Medora’s Swan Lake.

The body of Cole C. Cummings, 39, of Medora, was found in more than 11 foot of water at about 11:25 p.m., according to a news release from Indiana Conservation Officer Jim Schreck.

Conservation officers first located the victim with a remote operated vehicle prior to the divers’ recovery.

According to the preliminary investigation, Cummings’ fishing partner saw him fall through the ice, and then attempted to help Cummings before falling through the ice himself. He was able to get out of the water, crawl to his vehicle and drive to Cummings’ girlfriend’s nearby residence where the 911 call was placed. That was at about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Shortly afterward, Cummings’ parents were summoned and quickly drove to the lake where they were unable to assist their son. Responding Jackson County officers and a Brownstown officer quickly arrived, donned life jackets and crossed the ice in an attempt to rescue Cummings with a throw bag.

A Jackson County officer then also fell through the ice, but was able to get out of the water and safely make it to shore. Cummings’ fishing partner was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in Brownstown. He is expected to recover.

via Divers find ice fisherman’s body.

Two teenage boys dead after falling through ice in Owen County

Both juveniles have been pronounced dead at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Clark “Edward” Shoemaker, 17, of Spencer and Dominic Arthur, 13, of Coal City. Autopsies are scheduled for Monday, January 19th at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

Spencer, Ind. -(Jan. 18, 2015) – Indiana Conservation Officer divers recovered two juveniles this afternoon who had fallen through the ice of a rural rock quarry north of Spencer, Indiana.

Just about 1:30pm,  Owen County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call in reference to two juveniles who had fallen through the ice.

First Responders arrived and navigated steep rocky terrain to reach the waters edge. Indiana Conservation Officer Divers located the two juveniles within minutes of entering the water. They had been submerged for approximately an hour and a half in 11 feet of water. Both victims were taken to I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital and their condition is unknown at this time.

The pair had been ice fishing with family members at the rock quarry near the 2400 block of Romona Road in rural Owen County. The ice was measured at less than three inches thick.

Responding agencies include Indiana Conservation Officers, Owen County Sheriff’s Department, Owen Valley Fire, Owen County Rescue, Owen County EMS and Air Evac.

Indiana Conservation Officers note that the warming temperatures had contributed to the deterioration of the ice.They also remind those to always verify the thickness of the ice before venturing out on it.

via Two teenage boys dead after falling through ice in Owen County | Fox 59.

Modifications to Trail Creek sea lamprey barrier may improve fall salmon fishing

Fall fishing opportunities on Trail Creek in northwestern Indiana should improve thanks to a change in how the sea lamprey barrier on that stream operates.


The seasonal modification to the LaPorte County barrier will make it easier for salmon and steelhead trout to move upstream, while still blocking the invasive sea lamprey, according to DNR Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Breidert.

“Anglers should be excited about this change,” Breidert said.


The change involves the lower end of the fishway, also known as a fish ladder. From roughly Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 each year, the lower end will operate as a pool and weir fishway, while the upper end still will be maintained as a vertical slot, with removable trapping equipment.


The change was carried out by the Indiana DNR and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with cooperation from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, a Canadian/US treaty organization responsible for the sea lamprey control program.


The change also will reduce the time spent by DNR staff to trap fish, evaluate them, and then transfer them back to the stream during the salmon run.


Selective fall trapping still will be used as a management tool to collect biological data during fall and to help Lake Michigan fisheries staff gauge the strength and timing of salmon and steelhead runs. Trapping is also necessary during spring and summer to remove upstream migrating sea lamprey and to collect Skamania steelhead broodstock, which provide for the future of the skamania fishery.


Sea lampreys are a pest in the Great Lakes. They are native to the Atlantic Ocean and made their way into the Great Lakes in the early 1900s via the St. Lawrence Seaway. An adult sea lamprey can kill more than 40 pounds of fish in its lifetime.

“Sea lampreys are incredibly destructive and must be controlled,” said Bob Hecky, chairman of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. “The billion dollar Lake Michigan fishery depends on effective sea lamprey barriers like the one on Trail Creek.”

Contact Information:

Name: Brian Breidert

Phone: (219) 874-6824


via [DNR] Modifications to Trail Creek sea lamprey barrier may improve fall salmon fishing – 9/12/2014 – State of Indiana.

West Boggs renovation should bring anglers, money to community

The renovation of West Boggs Lake in Loogootee will not only restore fishing conditions, but also is expected to revive the lake’s contribution to the local economy.


West Boggs Lake was once a premier bluegill and bass fishing lake, drawing anglers from 81 Indiana counties, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. Anglers spent an estimated $1.1 million in the local community in 1999, according to a DNR survey.


The quality of the fishery declined when populations of undesirable fish increased. From 2004 to 2010, the DNR survey found that recreational boating decreased by 11 percent and the number of angler visits decreased by 63 percent.

The once million-dollar fishery now contributes about $326,000 annually to the economy.

“Anglers buy bait, food, gas, and lodging in the area, bringing economic gain and tourism to the community,” DNR fisheries supervisor Brian Schoenung said. “In a small town, the nearly $800,000 dollars lost annually can have a big impact.”


The fisheries renovation at West Boggs is scheduled for late September, beginning with the removal of adult bass and catfish that will be returned to the lake later on.


Trained DNR staff will apply rotenone in the West Boggs watershed to eradicate remaining fish in the lake. Rotenone is a naturally occurring substance in several plant seeds and stems and is an EPA-regulated piscicide. Rotenone quickly detoxifies in the environment and has virtually no effect on mammals and birds. After the fish eradication, the lake will be allowed to refill. It will be stocked with hatchery-raised game fish and fish salvaged from the lake before the renovation.


A similar renovation in 1994 increased the number of angler visits to the lake annually by 71 percent.

“The fisheries renovation will not only make for better fishing, but also has the ability to revitalize a small community,” Schoenung said. “Small family-run businesses often depend on these anglers spending funds in their stores.”

Contact Information:

Name: Phil Bloom

Phone: (317) 232-4003


via [DNR] West Boggs renovation should bring anglers, money to community – 9/11/2014 – State of Indiana.

Fish limits on Milan Pond will be relaxed

Anglers at Milan Pond in the town of Milan in Ripley County will be allowed to harvest as many fish as they want starting Friday, July 11. A temporary rule change eliminating the bag and size limits for all fish at Milan Pond will continue through July 10, 2015. The rule change is happening because of the anticipated lowering of this 18-acre body of water to repair the aging dam.The dam is owned by CSX railroad and shipping company, and portions of the lake are adjacent to Hoosier Links Golf Course. The lake has public access at Darren Baker Memorial Park. A timeline for when the lowering and repair work will begin is yet to be determined.


Walleye Egg Collection at Brookville Lake

Every spring fisheries biologists team up at Brookville Reservoir to collect walleye eggs and milt as part of the statewide walleye stocking program. Each year over 30 million eggs are collected and fertilized which result in about 17 million fry and 1 million fingerlings stocked into lakes throughout the state.

For more information about Walleye and the stocking program, visit:


Registration open for Eagle Creek Park Kids Fishing Derby

The Eagle Creek Park Foundation is hosting its 13th annual Kids Fishing Derby from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 7 at Eagle Creek Park’s Coffer Dam, located at the first right south of the 71st Street gate on the city’s northwest side.

The family-friendly event is free for children ages 4-14, and takes place in conjunction with one of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources designated free fishing days. This opportunity allows Indiana residents to fish without a license or trout/salmon stamp in public waters.

“We usually see a lot of kids fishing for the very first time,” said Alex Upchurch, Eagle Creek Park Foundation board member and Fishing Derby chairman. “Large youth and church groups are all welcome to come out and enjoy the serene setting, and of course the thrill of the catch!”

Last year, a few sprinkles of rain fell on the derby, but Upchurch says the event carried on and made conditions favorable for fish to bite. “Kids were catching bluegill, crappie, bass and even catfish, just one after another!” he said.

All participants receive a cookout-style lunch and goody bags. Special features include entertainment and prizes by the Pacers Fan Van, and music from 107.9 the Mix. McGruff the Crime Dog will make a special appearance along with park animals from the park’s nature centers.

Live bait is provided. Participants are asked to bring their own fishing equipment, although a limited amount of fishing poles will be available if children cannot supply their own.

All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers will be available to help bait and hook, and demonstrate casting techniques.

Pre-registration is required by Thursday, June 5 at 5 p.m., and space is limited to the first 400 participants. The $5 gate admission fee is waived for pre-registered participants.

Entry forms are available at the Eagle Creek Park office, 7840 W. 56th St., or online at

In the event of severe weather, the derby will be moved to Sunday, June 8.

For more information, call 317.327.7116, or email Alex Upchurch at


The Eagle Creek Park Foundation (ECPF) was established in 1978 as a 501 (c)(3) organization to promote, preserve, protect and enhance Eagle Creek Park, an island of nature surrounded by an urban landscape. The nonprofit thrives on membership and donations to fund park improvements, trail restoration projects and environmental education programs within Eagle Creek Park. Since 2001, the Foundation has invested nearly $3 million into Eagle Creek Park.

Body of missing fisherman found in northeastern Indiana lake

ALBION — Divers have recovered the body of a missing fisherman from a northeastern Indiana lake.

Indiana conservation officers say divers recovered the body of 43-year-old Douglas Haigwood of Kimmell from Mud Lake in Chain O’ Lakes State Park on Monday afternoon. The park is about 20 miles northwest of Fort Wayne. Read more

New Palestine man dies on fishing trip

A New Palestine man has died after being found in the water after failing to return home from a fishing outing.

Zachary Wood, 22, went fishing around 6 p.m. Monday, said Indiana Conservation Officer Jet Quillen. Relatives found him around 10 p.m. in the area of 3500 South Hancock County Road 500 West, Quillen said in a release. Read more

BP Whiting refinery let 9 to 18 barrels of oil into Lake Michigan

March 26, 2014 (INDIANAPOLIS) — The U.S. Coast Guard says an initial assessment shows nine to 18 barrels of crude oil were released into Lake Michigan this week during a malfunction at BP’s oil refinery in northwestern Indiana.

Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf said Wednesday that the estimate comes from the Coast Guard’s initial visual assessment of the spill scene at BP’s Whiting refinery some 20 miles southeast of downtown Chicago.

One barrel of oil contains about 42 gallons, meaning the initial assessment indicates between about 378 and 756 gallons of crude oil was released into the lake.

Source: BP Whiting refinery let 9 to 18 barrels of oil into Lake Michigan, Coast Guard says |