Large catfish are still swimming in Indiana’s urban ponds, just waiting to be caught as part of DNR’s new Go FishIN in the City program.
Go FishIN in the City is an effort to improve fishing opportunities in Indiana’s urban areas by stocking catfish and rainbow trout in family friendly parks.
Fisheries biologists sampled four ponds in Indianapolis, Carmel, and Avon to see how catfish stocked this spring are doing. Those findings and an ongoing angler survey show that few fish have been harvested from Meadowlark Pond in Carmel and Washington Township Park Pond in Avon, which means easier fishing at those locations.
In Indianapolis, Krannert Lake and Riverside Park Pond have become popular fishing destinations, with anglers having harvested a fair amount of channel catfish at those spots.
During summer, anglers should target shallower areas, where more oxygen is available for fish.
All four lakes will be stocked this fall with 10-inch channel catfish.
Next spring the ponds will be stocked again with channel catfish from the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex, where inmates help rear the fish to stocking size as part of a work training program.
Biologists will continue to evaluate these lakes and conduct angler interviews.
For more information about Go FishIN in the City, including the parks involved and when fish will be stocked, visit Wildlife.IN.gov/7508.htm.