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Urban Fishing Program

The program from the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife provides:

  • Great shore fishing opportunities for Hoosiers
  • Catchable-size channel catfish and rainbow trout, with the help of local partners
  • Locations with restrooms and parking nearby, such as  local city parks
  • Locations close to urban areas, so you don’t have to travel far to fish

2019 urban fishing stocking locations

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,

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish ranging from 14-18” will be stocked once each month during April, May, and June. Smaller catfish (8-10”) will be stocked during October.

  • Easy to catch
  • Don’t require expensive gear or equipment
  • Taste great.
  • Attracted to strong-smelling baits.
  • Try using nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, or cut hot dogs.

Stocking weeks: April 15-19, May 13-17, May 27-31. Dates subject to change.

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow 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 urban fishing lakes.

  • Taste great
  • Can catch using a simple rod-and-reel combo or try fly-fishing
  • Use cheese, kernel corn, night crawlers, red wigglers, and meal worms as bait
  •  To use a lure, try a small inline spinner or spoon

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

Fish illustrations by Rick Hill, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

What you need to fish:

  • Anglers age 18 and older must purchase a valid fishing license, unless otherwise exempt from needing 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.
father and daughter fishing

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