Bluegill fishing is picking up at Kunkel Lake in Ouabache State Park due to a successful DNR fish eradication and restocking project.
Before the renovation, the 25-acre impoundment in Wells County was overrun by carp, small bluegills and crayfish. The water was muddy and aquatic plants were sparse.
To remove the unwanted fish and improve fish habitat, DNR officials lowered the water level in Sept. 2013 and treated the remaining pools with rotenone, a fish toxicant.
The lake was then refilled and stocked in March 2014 with 19,000 bluegills and 5,200 largemouth bass. An additional 2,600 channel catfish were added last fall.
The project was funded through fishing license revenue. Find out more