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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Fishing > Go FishIN in the City Go FishIN in the City

Boy and man fishGo FishIN in the CityGo FishIN in the City is Indiana DNR’s new urban fishing program. This program provides great shore fishing opportunities for Hoosiers that live in heavily populated urban areas. With the help of local partners, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will intensively stock catchable size channel catfish and rainbow trout throughout the year in small city lakes. The selected lakes are located in local city parks that are family friendly and well maintained.

Anglers age 18 and older need a fishing license. Anglers age 17 and younger do not need a fishing license. Trout anglers must purchase a trout stamp in addition to a fishing license.

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Places to fish

Areas include Indianapolis, Carmel, Avon, Fort Wayne, Terre Haute, New Albany, Evansville, Lafayette, Hobart

For more specific locations click on the city below:

State of Indiana

New Albany, Sam Peden Community ParkEvansville,Indianapolis,Carmel,Terre Haute, Dobbs and Maple Avenue ParksAvon,Fort Wayne, Shoaff, Lakeside and Franke ParksLafayette,Hobart,

What to catch

Go FishIN in the City lakes are managed as a “put-and-take” fishery.  The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and its partners will be stocking channel catfish, and in some lakes rainbow trout, that are available for harvest as soon as they are put into the lake.  Selected lakes already have existing populations of largemouth bass and bluegill which provide year round fishing opportunities but with new stockings of channel catfish and rainbow trout will provide urban anglers a better chance of “catching dinner.”

Channel catfishCatfish ranging from 14-18” will be stocked once each month during April, May, and June. Smaller catfish (8-10”) will be stocked during October. Channel catfish are easy to catch, don’t require expensive gear or equipment, and taste great. Channel catfish are attracted to strong-smelling baits. Try using nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, or cut hot dogs. Fish illustration by Rick Hill, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Stocking weeks: April 14-17, May 12-16, June 2-6.  Dates subject to change.

Rainbow TroutRainbow trout are a coldwater species and can only survive during winter and early spring. Due to more restrictive water quality requirements rainbow trout will only be stocked in a selected number of the designated Go FishIN in the City  lakes. Cheese, kernel corn, nightcrawlers, red wigglers, and meal worms make good trout baits. If you’d rather use a lure, try a small inline spinner or a spoon. Fish illustration by Rick Hill, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Stocking weeks: The last two weeks of March. Fall stockings will occur in the middle of October. Dates subject to change.