DNR biologists tagging crappie as part of study

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Courtesy: DNR

LOOGOOTEE, Ind. (WEHT) – Biologists with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are tagging black crappie at West Boggs Lake near Loogootee in Martin and Daviess counties.

The tagging is part of a study to learn more about angler harvest at the lake.

More than 550 fish have been tagged so far.

Anglers can help the study by following these steps:

  • Inspect all caught crappie and look for the presence of a tag. Fish are tagged with a yellow spaghetti tag near the dorsal fin. When tags have been in the water for a period of time, algae begins to attach and may result in the tag appearing brown or black. Please look closely.
  • Remove the tag from all fish caught, using a knife or scissors, and place the tag into a return envelope. Return envelopes are located at the West Boggs Lake gatehouse, with the DNR creel clerk or in tag return boxes located near the boat ramp. If multiple tagged fish are caught, place the tag from each fish into a separate envelope. Tagged fish do not have to be released. Anglers are encouraged to either harvest or release the fish as they normally would.
  • Report the capture of a tagged fish to the DNR. Please fill out the information on the outside of the tag return envelope. Envelopes can be returned to the location where they were obtained. If you do not have a tag return envelope, please return the tag with the following information to DNR Bloomington Field Office 5596 East State Road 46 Bloomington, IN 47401:
    —Date of Capture: month, day, and year of capture.
    —Whether you released the fish or brought it home.
    —Your name and address.

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(This story was originally published on January 22, 2020)

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