Nishna Bend R.A. Ponds

General Information

County: Shelby
Location: 4 miles south of Harlan
Acres: 30.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Prairie Rose State Park


Amenities at Nishna Bend R.A. Ponds include:
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    • 09/22/2011 - 200 Channel Catfish (8.9")
    • 05/26/2011 - 800 Channel Catfish (Cage)
    • 09/21/2009 - 170 Channel Catfish (8.3")
    • 09/19/2007 - 500 Channel Catfish (8.6")
    The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

    • Bluegill
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
      • Possession Limit: unlimited
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other: No daily limit on private waters
    • Channel Catfish
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 8 fish
      • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other:
    • Common Carp
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: none
      • Possession Limit: unlimited
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
    • Green Sunfish
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: none
      • Possession Limit: unlimited
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other:
    • Largemouth Bass
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
      • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
      • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
      • Other:
    The sport fishery in the Nishna Bend Rec. Area Ponds were surveyed in 2014. Species present in that survey included largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, white crappie, channel catfish, common carp, gizzard shad, and bigmouth buffalo. Largemouth bass were of moderate abundance with all sizes up to 20-inches sampled. Bluegills were small and less than 7-inches and crappies were 8-inches. Channel catfish are stocked by the IDNR and 20 inch catfish are available. There were not a lot of quality sized fish in the population in part due to competition from rough fish in the pond. This will always be an issue given the proximity to the river.(2017)


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