How can Anglers Help?
#1. Cut the line to release the animal.
#2. Report the experience to a natural resource professional
Please help us spread the word about cutting the line, releasing the hellbender, and reporting your encounters to a natural resource professional. To report an encounter for the state of Indiana contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Biologists.
If you are planning to practice catch and release while fishing, please consider using a barbless hook in order to minimize damage to both fish and hellbenders.
If you use trotlines on the Blue River, make sure you check them on a regular basis. Indiana fishing regulations require anglers inspect their trot lines at least once every 24 hours.