Patoka Sportsman 6-16-18

Patoka Sportsman 6-16 & 6-17-18

Patoka lake Bow Hunters will host a "30" Target 3D shoot on Sunday June 17th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Participants should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off State Road 164. Registration on Sunday starts at Daylight till 12:00pm. Shooting fees are $8.00 for Active PLB members, $10.00 for Nonmembers and $5.00 for Youth (age 11-17) while Cubs (10 & younger) and Active Military shoot for free. For more information, call 812 205-0081.

OFS Cool Springs will host an NWTF/DNR Women in the Outdoors Event on June 24 from 8:30 until 2:30.Women in the Outdoors is designed for women age 17 and over to experience a varietyof outdoor activities including fishing, shooting, self defense, hunting tactics and equipment, wild game tasting, kayaking and cooking.No experience is necessary.For more information contact Lisa Stinson at 812-789-3138 or email dfw@dnr.in.gov.

Cruise around the lake by boat and car during this special program all about osprey from 10:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at Patoka Lake.Osprey are a unique, migrating bird of prey that frequents our area during its breeding season before returning to South America for winter.Join in driving tours around the lake as well as boat cruises to view these birds up close.Hear from Allisyn Marie- Gillet, Indiana's Non-game Bird Biologist, who will share the history of the reintroduction program and the success of this species that is making a remarkable return to Indiana!Other topics include adaptations and flight.Cost is $15/person.  Advanced registration is required and can be submitted by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447. Lunch will be provided during this program at no additional cost.Dress for the weather and don’t forget to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras!  Have vehicles fueled for the driving tour.  This event is limited to the first 55 registered participants.

Enjoy a fireworks display at Patoka Lake Beach on Saturday, June 30. Fireworks will start at dark.Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs, blankets, refreshments, and bug spray.Already camping at Patoka this weekend?Then there is no need to drive down to the beach.Just go to section C of the Modern Campground for your own viewing area of the fireworks display.Arrive early to get the best seats!Tune your radios to WITZ-FM 104.7 radio for themed music during the event. They are also streaming at www.witzamfm.com or from an iPhone or Android smart phone app. Come out and enjoy this spectacular show over the waters of Patoka! The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 out of state) is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area, Patoka Reservoir, located north of Wickliffe Indiana, Highway 164.For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

Registration is open for the Full Moon 5K taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Friday, July 27 at 9:30p.m. Race 3.1miles through the woods on roadways, a well-maintained gravel and grass lane and paved bike trail lit by moonlight and luminaries. Race for a cause! All proceeds from this event will go to support Patoka’s non-releasable raptors; a red-tailed hawk, eastern screech owl and bald eagle.Early registration is $25 which includes a race t-shirt. Go to http://fullmoon5K.itsyourrace.com to register today! For more information or call (812)685-2447.

Our District 6 fisheries staff spent a day netting and a night electrofishing Indian Lake, located in Hoosier National Forest, near Tell City, in early May. Water temperatures were warming up quickly at around 70ºF. We collected 185 bluegill ranging from 3 to 11 inches, 155 redear ranging from 4.7 to 10.6 inches, 43 bass ranging from 4.6 to 15 inches and 17 black crappie ranging from 3 to 11 inches, as well as warmouth, longear sunfish, yellow bullheads and other critters. Overall, panfishing appears to be excellent in Indian Lake so don't forget the crickets and the mealworms to use as bait.

Staff also spent a day netting and a night electrofishing Chrisney Lake. Water temperatures were around 82ºF. We collected 97 redear between 5.3 to 10.3 inches, 51 bluegill between 1 to 8 inches, 39 largemouth bass between 4.7 to 13.1 inches, and nine channel catfish between 10.5 to 19 inches, among other fish. While overall the lake is fairly shallow, shoreline access is plentiful for bank fishing, and the fish are active, so pick up a license and check it out.