Drought impact cancels Indiana trout release
LAGRANGE (AP) — State wildlife officials have canceled plans to stock additional trout in five northern Indiana streams because last summer’s drought cut trout production at a state fishery.
The state Department of Natural Resources said Friday the trout stockings had been planned for this month in Elkhart, LaGrange, LaPorte, St. Joseph and Steuben counties.
The trout released into five streams in those counties are set aside from an annual allotment of trout released in streams in April. But the DNR says high water temperatures and low water flow during last summer’s drought cut breeding at the state’s trout production facility, leaving insufficient fish for the May releases.
The agency plans to resume the May trout releases next year.