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
2020 Urban Stocking Locations
Avon: Park Pond #2 (Washington Township Park)
Carmel: Meadowlark Pond (Meadowlark Park)
Evansville: Diamond Valley Lake (Diamond Valley Park), Garvin Park Lake (Garvin Park)
Fort Wayne: Lakeside Pond (Lakeside Park)
Hobart: Robinson Lake (Robinson Park)
Indianapolis: Krannert Lake (Krannert Park), Dubarry Park Pond (Dubarry Park)
Lafayette: Munger Park Lake (Munger Park)
Terre Haute: Dobbs Pond (Dobbs Memorial Park), Maple Avenue Lake (Maple Avenue Nature Park)
Urban Stocking Fish
Stocking occurs in late April-early May, early June, and late September. Dates subject to change. Channel catfish are:
- 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
Rainbow trout are a cold-water 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 select 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, nightcrawlers, 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
- 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.
- General fishing information
- Fishing rules and regulations
- Buy a license
- Where to fish
- Learn to fish
- Free fishing days
- Tips on how to fish