Submitted to BFRO by witness on Thursday, February 3, 2011.
Fishing couple describes possible rock throwing on reservoir 10 miles south of Huntington
COUNTY: Huntington County
LOCATION DETAILS: If you cross over State Road 9 going south, look to the left, as you can see, that is the idle only part of the Salamonie Reservoir, it is not near any county roads, no campgrounds, no homes, nothing is back there but woods and water.
NEAREST TOWN: Mt. Etna
NEAREST ROAD: State Road 9
OBSERVED: My wife and I were night fishing for catfish on a Wednesday night on the Salamonie Reservoir when our occurrence happened. We were in a boat, at a remote part of the reservoir not accessible by vehicle or foot. The nearest road is over 1 mile away.
There was no one else at the boat dock when we put in, and I saw no other boat or boat lights on as we motored to our fishing spot. We were sitting there fishing for about 3 hours. It was roughly 3-4 a.m. and we were sitting roughly 30-40 feet from shore. All of the sudden there was something thrown at us from shore, something very large and heavy. The object thrown at us had to have weighed in the neighborhood of 30-60 lbs. by the splash it made in the water about 10 feet from the boat.
I instantly grabbed the 5 million power spotlight and lit up the area on shore. There was nothing. We sat there for about 5 minutes with the light on shore discussing what had just happened. We then decided no human couldn’t have possibly been there being so remote, nor threw something that heavy that far. The splash actually made waves enough in the water to move the boat. I then started the boat and made fast tracks for the boat ramp.
I first thought it might have been just kids messing around, but, like I said, nothing moved near shore for 5 minutes. I had the whole shore line illuminated, and the object, probably a rock from shore, was very, very heavy by the splash.
OTHER WITNESSES: My wife, Allison, she was fishing sitting at the front of the boat.
OTHER STORIES: No.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 3:00 – 4:00 a.m.
ENVIRONMENT: Dark, warm 80 degrees, no moonlight, very late at night, clear skies. Woods and reservoir area, tree lined and swampy.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Eric Lester:
I spoke with one of the witnesses at length about their incident that night. What really stuck out to both of them was the fact that they didn’t hear anything at all, before and after the object was thrown near the boat. This fact, combined with the seemingly large weight of the object and the distance it was thrown, led them to doubt that it was somebody fooling around with them. Also, they both felt that it was not a fish or animal jumping in the water.
They had spotlighted the shoreline after this without seeing a thing.
The shore in the area where the object was supposedly thrown from is very tall grass, giving way to trees some distance back from the shore.
Rock throwing seems to be a common method sasquatches use to intimidate humans to leave an area. The rocks are usually thrown near an individual/group, rather than hitting them. I have experienced this myself on two occasions, in northern Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Editor’s Note (Matt Moneymaker)
Salamonie Lake is over 15 miles long if you navigate it by boat. It’s a long snaking damned-up river. The damn was built in 1966 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The reservoir it created is roughly 2,600 acres of water.
Indeed, this is the sort of place where a Sasquatch in Indiana would seek refuge — near reliable sources of fish and deer.
Sasquatches will wade into creeks and slow moving rivers to catch catfish. If it was a Sasquatch throwing the rock in this case, the purpose was to deter the people who were removing the catfish.
Salamonie reservoir would be a good place to use a thermal imager from a boat with no lights and a quiet electric motor. From a half-mile away a thermal imager could spot a Sasquatch in pitch black darkness wading into this river-lake.