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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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Snow Lake Walleye

The Division of Fish and Wildlife has two regional fisheries research units, North Fisheries Research and South Fisheries Research.

They conduct science-based research projects designed to monitor sportfish populations, assess aquatic habitats, preserve biodiversity, and evaluate human dimensions and fishing satisfaction.

The work conducted by the North Fisheries Research Unit is guided by the Fisheries Section Strategic Plan and the State Wildlife Action Plan.

Contact us:

North Region
Steven Donabauer
Fisheries Research Biologist
(260) 244-6805 ext. 226
sdonabauer@dnr.in.gov
South Region
Sandra Clark-Kolaks
Fisheries Research Biologist
(812) 287-8300
sclark-kolaks@dnr.in.gov

North Fisheries Research

North Fisheries Research's goal is to conduct scientific research to ensure that native sportfish populations are thriving, to protect biodiversity, and to preserve and improve natural aquatic habitats for all Hoosiers. The work conducted by the North Region Fisheries Research Unit is guided by the Fisheries Section Strategic Plan and the State Wildlife Action Plan.

Projects

  • Coldwater Habitat: Cisco Research
  • Coolwater Habitat: Northern Pike Research
  • Warmwater Habitat: Largemouth Bass Research
  • South Fisheries Research

    Southern Fisheries Research works to provide sound data, techniques, and recommendations that district biologists can use to improve the quality of Indiana’s fishing resources. Projects that Southern Fisheries Research is currently working on vary greatly but all work to resolve problems and answer defined questions.

    Projects

  • Urban Fishing
  • Reservoir Catfish Management
  • Stream Black Bass Tag Reward Study