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Indiana

Population: 6,080,485 (2000)

State Background
Species
Clubs & Organizations
Indiana Division of Fish and WildlifeIndianapolis, IN 46204
402 W Washington St. W273
Indianapolis, IN 46204

317-232-4080
www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild

State Background

Indiana, meaning the "Land of the Indians," is a state in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States. Residents of Indiana are called Hoosiers. It is bounded on the north by Lake Michigan and the state of Michigan; on the east by Ohio; on the south by Kentucky, with which it shares the Ohio River as a border; and on the west by Illinois. Indiana is one of the Great Lakes states.

The northwest corner of the state is part of the greater metropolitan area of Chicago and is therefore more densely populated. Southern Indiana is a mixture of farmland and forest. The Hoosier National Forest is a 200,000 acre nature preserve in south central Indiana. Southern Indiana's topography is more varied and generally contains more hills and geographic variation than the northern portion, such as the "Knobs," a series of 1,000 ft. hills that run parallel to the Ohio River in south-central Indiana. The limestone geology of Southern Indiana has created numerous caves and one of the largest limestone quarry regions in the USA.

Indiana has an invigorating climate with strongly marked seasons. Winters are often cold, sometimes bitterly so. The transition from cold to hot weather can produce an active spring with thunderstorms and tornadoes. Oppressive humidity and high temperatures arrive in summer. Autumn is favored by many residents as a pleasant time of the year with lower humidity than the other seasons, and mostly sunny skies.

State Species

Big Game Whitetail Deer
Waterfowl Duck
Goose
Mourning Dove
Woodcock
 
Furbearer Beaver
Coyote
Grey Fox
Long-tailed Weasel
Mink
Muskrat
Opossum
Raccoon
Red Fox
Skunk
Small Game Bullfrog
Chukar
Crow
Dove
Hare
Pheasant
Quail Rabbit
Ruffed Grouse
Squirrel
Turkey
Predators Coyote Fox  
Sport Fish Atlantic Salmon
Black Bass
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon
Flathead Catfish
Game Frogs
Game Turtles
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Northern Pike
Pink Salmon
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Rock Bass
Sauger
Saugeye
Smallmouth Bass
Steelhead
Stiped Bass
Tiger Muskellunge
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Perch

Clubs & Organizations

Fish Indiana

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