The Herald Bulletin

March 19, 2014

Rick Bramwell: Feeling under the weather, missing out on fish

The Herald Bulletin

---- — About every three out of four years, I brag about staying outdoors keeping me healthy in the winter. Then the weather changes, and I get a severe sinus infection. For a week, I think my body will heal itself. Finally, I go to Dr. Wright for some horse pills. Everything tastes like burnt cabbage, but I'm getting better — hopefully, well enough to join good friend Bob Porter who is already killing the big Patoka crappie.

Porter has been emailing me pictures of 12.5-inch Patoka crappie for over a week. Monday, he said, "I finally caught a 13-incher today. They are so shallow, I am taking my fly rod tomorrow."

He uses homemade jigs under a homemade bobber.

I have an open invitation to join Mr. Porter. There is an area he calls 16-inch branch. When the slabs move in there, I'm headed south.

I was close to Monroe Reservoir on Saturday night but not to fish. I slept three hours on daughter Jourdan's sofa then drove her to the Indianapolis airport. Then I drove home and fried fish for grandaughter Hayley Bramwell, who was on spring break from Indiana State.

Jourdan flew to Portland, Ore., to interview for a master's program at Portland State. Wednesday she flew to San Francisco for a like interview. She has already exposed her educational talents to the University of Colorado and Auburn.

Jourdan graduates from the School of Health at IU this May.

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According to the Indiana DNR, a new trout stocking location for 2014 will be springing up in Greene County.

Midland Lake at Hillenbrand Fish & Wildlife Area is 22 acres with a paved boat ramp and shoreline access. By April 1, DNR will have stocked 1,000 rainbow trout in the lake.

Both a trout/salmon stamp and a fishing license are required for all anglers targeting rainbow trout. The stamp costs $11.

A trout/salmon stamp can be purchased anywhere fishing licenses are sold or online at Statewide trout bag limits on lakes is five fish per day with a minimum size limit of 7 inches.

Additional rainbow trout stockings in the area also include Airline Pit in Greene-Sullivan State Forest and Maple Lake in Terre Haute.

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The Anderson Ducks Unlimited Chapter is holding its annual banquet and fundraiser April 12 at the Rangeline Community Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

There is a pre-event safe raffle with a mystery gun inside going on now, and the tickets are limited so get yours while they last. The Great Gun Giveaway will return this year with a new selection to choose from, but you have to play to win. Event attendees that have not been in the last five years or brand new attendees will get a free chance in an exclusive raffle.