Some fishing regulations at J.C. Murphey Lake to be lifted May 1

Beginning May 1, all property-specific fishing regulations will be
lifted on J.C. Murphey Lake at Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA)
in Newton County in anticipation of upcoming renovations on the lake in

Until further notice, starting May 1, bag and size limits will be the
same as the statewide limits for other Indiana water bodies. These include:

*Bluegill*­– no bag limit; no size limit

*Redear sunfish*– bag limit of 25; no size limit

*Crappie*– bag limit of 25; no size limit

*Largemouth bass*– bag limit of 5; minimum size of 14 inches

*Channel catfish*– bag limit of 10, only 1 may be over 28 inches

*Northern pike*– bag limit of 3, minimum size of 24 inches, and only 1
may be over 30 inches

The lake requires periodic renovations to maintain habitat for the
maximum number of species and recreational opportunities. The renovation
will not only encourage habitat for rare and endangered species, but
also will improve opportunities for waterfowl hunters, anglers, trappers
and wildlife viewers.

The drawdown at J.C. Murphey Lake is scheduled to begin in early spring
of 2022. Recreational opportunities will be affected while the lake is
dewatered and maintenance is performed. Lake renovations are expected to
take until fall of 2023 to complete.


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