Nishna Bend R.A. Ponds
4 miles south of Harlan
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The sport fishery in the Nishna Bend Rec. Area Ponds were surveyed in 2011. 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 18-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.(2012)
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