River Eels in the Wabash?

Discussion in 'INDIANA RIVERS TALK' started by wolfman, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Walter Flack
    Has anyone caught any eels in the Wabash? Back when I was in high school, I caught one near Covington,Ind. about 3' long.
     
  2. fcrnnngbck25

    fcrnnngbck25 New Member

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    I haven't caught any. I fish Covington quite a bit but that doesn't mean there not around.
     

  3. Fishgeek

    Fishgeek Active Member

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    I haven't heard of any for quite awhile. I know they used to come all the way up here to Wabash County. In fact, the Eel River is named so because of eels. I was in the historical society in North Manchester a few weeks ago and they had an eel in a jar that was captured around 1945 (I think that was the date) and they say it was one of the last seen. I'll check with my DNR buddies and see if they can get us any more info.
     
  4. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    now thats an eel, walter!!!!! i have never caught an eel in northern indiana.
     
  5. Slick Skin

    Slick Skin New Member

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    I caught one two years ago above Darwin ..it too was about 3 foot long...
     
  6. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    Im not from that area but is eels good fish bait
     
  7. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    Walter,

    Eels out here are a nuisance when bottom fishing. The are saltwater, but come to freshwater rivers to spawn.

    I'm sure if bluecrabs can get to the Ohio, eels can too!

    You'll be suprised what's in the rivers.
     
  8. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Thats why I asked. Looking to get some for bait without traveling far. Thanks for the replies.
     
  9. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    Not to be picky but I need to make a correction to what Blacky said.
    It's actually the other way round, as in they migrate to the ocean to spawn.
    Although I will happily put pretty much anything on my hook for bait from a frog to a bass maybe Walt, (and I'm not busting your butt here) as rare as they are in the Wabash we should give them thar eels a break...W