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Trout Regulations

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Indiana anglers have two options when it comes to trout fishing — inland waters and Lake Michigan.

The following information covers regulations for inland trout fishing. Lake Michigan trout and salmon regulations are on Lake Michigan.

Lakes: No closed season for taking trout from inland lakes except March 15 to April 1 at Greene-Sullivan State Forest.

Streams: The opening day of trout season for inland streams, other than Lake Michigan tributaries, is the last Saturday in April and runs through Dec. 31.

The starting time is 6 a.m. local time.

Catch-and-release applies to all trout streams from Jan. 1 through April 14. See Lake Michigan for special tributary restrictions and closure information for Lake Michigan streams.

A closed season for selected trout streams (see below) runs from April 15 to the last Saturday in April (opening day) while DNR staff complete the annual trout stockings.

  • Pigeon River and Pigeon Creek in LaGrange County from the Steuben County line to CR 410 E (Troxel’s Bridge). This does not include the impoundment known as Mongo Mill Pond
  • Harding Run, Curtis Creek, Bloody Run, and Graveyard Run (tributaries of Pigeon River) in LaGrange County
  • Turkey Creek north of CR 100 S in LaGrange County
  • Rainbow Pit located on Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area, approximately one mile east of Ontario in LaGrange County
  • Little Elkhart River and Rowe-Eden Ditch in LaGrange County
  • Solomon Creek and Cobus Creek in Elkhart County
  • Little Kankakee River in LaPorte County from CR 800 E upstream to Division Road
  • Spy Run Creek within Franke Park in Allen County
  • Mississinewa River within the boundaries of the Randolph County Wildlife Management Area
  • Big Blue River within the boundaries of Wilbur Wright Fish & Wildlife Area in Henry County

Three streams in Elkhart County (totaling 2.8 miles) are designated as year-round “catch-and-release only” and “artificial lures or flies only” trout fishing areas. Only artificial lures and artificial flies can be used in the following catch-and-release waters in Elkhart County:

  • Little Elkhart River from CR 43 downstream to CR 16, except for waters along Riverbend Park from CR 16 upstream to the pedestrian footbridge.
  • Solomon Creek from CR 33 downstream to the Elkhart River.
  • Cobus Creek from Old U.S. 20 downstream to the St. Joseph River.

Brown Trout Minimum Size Limit Waters: An 18-inch minimum size limit exists at Oliver, Olin, and Martin lakes in LaGrange County, and the Brookville Lake tailwater in Franklin County.

Inland Trout sizes and limits

Species

Daily Bag Limit

Minimum Size

Brook Trout

5 singly or in aggregate for all trout.

No more than 1 may be brown trout.

7 inches*

Rainbow Trout

Brown Trout

*18″ minimum size limit for brown trout at Oliver, Olin and Martin lakes in LaGrange Co., and Brookville Lake tailwater in Franklin Co.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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