Fishing Season Gearing up in the Kankakee Valley

 The spring season has arrived, or so we think, and fisherman have taken to the open waters in the Kankakee Valley area. Indiana Conservation Officer Keith Wildeman encourages you to pay close attention to water levels when you’re out fishing.

“We’ve had a lot of rain here in the last week or so and we’re expecting some more so water levels are definitely going to be up,” said Wildeman. “If you’re out on the water, make sure you’re not out on unsafe levels especially on local rivers and streams. Water can be moving a lot faster and you can get yourself into trouble if you’re not careful. The water is still very cold.”

Safety is always a priority when you’re out on the water.

“Make sure you’re wearing that life jacket. Even if you are a good, strong swimmer, you’re going to have problems in that cold water.”

You are also required to get the new fishing licenses which are available now.

“Any fisherman 18 years or older is required to have a current fishing license on state waters. If you’re on private property or private waters, there’s no license required for that.”

Fisherman have reported catching crappie, walleye and northerns, but no reports have been received yet on bluegill or bass.