Statement issued Friday:
ALBION – Anglers looking for new fishing opportunities may want to try bluegill and bass fishing at Muncie and Williams lakes off County Road in 250W in southwestern Noble County.
Both lakes are now accessible at a newly constructed boat ramp located on the west side of 46-acre Williams Lake. A short channel connects it to 47-acre Muncie Lake, located upstream.
The boat ramp, along with a parking lot and loading dock, is provided by the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).
Based on recent sampling by the Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists, each lake contains ample numbers of bluegills and largemouth bass.
Using a shocker-boat, gill nets and trap nets, biologists captured 260 bluegills in Muncie Lake and 287 bluegills in Williams Lake. Although most adult bluegills were 7 inches long, some measuring up to 9 inches long were present.
The overall catch rate was 104 bluegills per 15 minutes of shocking and was similar to the average number of bluegills captured at other natural lakes in the area (100 per hour). The catch rate at Williams Lake (119/hour) was slightly higher than the catch rate at Muncie Lake (89/hour).
Sixty largemouth bass were caught during the survey at Muncie Lake, including one that was 20 inches long. At Williams Lake, 47 bass were sampled with the largest one measuring 21 inches long.
The overall catch rate of bass was 95 per hour of shocking and was also similar to the average catch rate at other lakes in the area.
Other sport fish captured during the surveyed included black crappies up to 10 inches long and redear up to 9 inches long.
Nine channel catfish, measuring from 13 to 25 inches long, were caught in Muncie Lake. Two northern pike, ranging from 32 to 34 inches long, were also caught.
Although sport fish accounted for most of the fish noted during the survey, 15 carp up to 24 inches long were captured at each lake.
Carp represented 24 percent of the total weight of fish caught at Muncie Lake and 30 percent at Williams Lake.
Biologists will issue a complete report of the findings later this year. The only other information previously on file on the status of fish populations in both lakes was obtained from surveys conducted in 1977.