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Thousands More Fish Stocked In Griffy Lake

Thousands of fish continue to be pumped into the waters at Griffy Lake.

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    Photo: Bill Shaw WTIU News

    Griffy Lake is being refilled with fish after it was drained in 2012.

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    Photo: Bill Shaw WTIU News

    Channel Catfish wait in the truck to be pumped into the lake.

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    Photo: Bill Shaw

    Over 21,000 Catfish pumped into Griffy Lake.

The Department of Natural Resources Thursday stocked Griffy Lake with 21,800 Channel Catfish.

Right now the fish are about three and a half inches long, but by next fall they should grow to 15 inches.

Cikana State Fish Hatchery in Martinsville is stocking the fish. Hatchery Biologist Andy Richards says the fish have a high survival rate.

“For these fish, there are not predators in the lake right now,” Richards said. “Probably 90 percent I would say the first year.”

Within the next week, Richards says they will bring in Redear and Bluegill fish. To date, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, and Large-mouth Bass have been stocked.

The City of Bloomington drained Griffy Lake in 2012 for maintenance. Contractors began allowing it to refill this winter. Officials say the goal now is to create a “self-sustaining, balanced” fish population.

Alex Dierckman

Alex Dierckman is a reporter and anchor for WFIU/WTIU News and Indiana Newsdesk. She has been with the station since 2012. From Carmel, Indiana, Alex is excited to report and deliver the news in her home state. You can follow her on Twitter @alexdierckman.

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