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Small northeast Indiana lake holds big muskies
Start Date: 4/24/2018
Event Description:
Just as good things come in small packages, so too can big fish be caught in small lakes.

During recent sampling at Lake Everett, a 43-acre natural lake northwest of Fort Wayne, DNR biologists caught a 45-inch muskie. They also caught four muskies measuring 30-32 inches long.

“Muskies have been stocked each year in Lake Everett since 2010,” DNR fisheries biologist Jed Pearson said. “So we set traps in the lake to see how they’re doing. The big one was a nice surprise.”

The DNR stocks muskies in Lake Everett to provide a muskie fishing opportunity close to Fort Wayne and so muskies will feed on the lake’s dense population of gizzard shad.

Shad, a nongame forage fish of little interest to anglers, are so abundant that they compete with other popular sport fish, especially largemouth bass and bluegills. Because muskies grow so big, they can eat adult shad that are too large for other predator fish.

To determine how many anglers pursue muskies and how many muskies are caught, the DNR plans to conduct an angler survey this year at the lake. The results will help determine whether to continue the stocking program.

“Given the small size of Lake Everett and the fact that big muskies are there, we think the chances of catching one are pretty good,” Pearson said. “More anglers should try fishing for them.”

The minimum size limit for muskies in Indiana is 36 inches.

A DNR public access site with boat ramp, parking lot and portable restroom is on the lake’s north shore.

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Contact Information:
Name: Jed Pearson
Phone: 260-244-6805
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