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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Fishing > Fishing > West Boggs Renovation West Boggs Renovation

A lake renovation is scheduled for Fall 2014.

Goal:
To restore a balanced, self-sustaining fish population.


Steps:

  • Relaxed size and bag limits for sportfish (In effect starting Feb. 8, 2014).
  • Two fish salvage operations for adult bass (spring and fall 2014) and catfish (fall 2014).
  • Lower the lake level (lake to be closed to the public during the renovation).
  • Chemically eradicating the fish population in the lake.
  • Chemically eradicating fish in incoming streams in the West Boggs Lake watershed.
  • Lake refills naturally, lake access will be dependent upon water level.
  • Restock with desirable numbers of game fish species.

Why is a renovation necessary?

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Want more information?

Watch the entire West Boggs Renovation Presentation or read the West Boggs news release.

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