Urban Fishing Program
Indiana Freshwater Fishing
Targets 16 Community Lakes
Go FishIN in the City enters its fourth year as the Department of Natural Resources urban fishing program.
Sixteen small lakes in nine communities are scheduled to participate in the program that provides great shore fishing opportunities for Hoosiers who live in heavily populated urban areas.
With the help of local partners, the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife intensively stocks catchable size channel catfish and rainbow trout in lakes or ponds located in local city parks that are family friendly and well maintained.
Sites where catfish will be stocked include Avon (Washington Township Park Pond 2), Carmel (Meadowlark Pond, Meadowlark Park), Evansville (Garvin Park Lake and Diamond Valley Park Pond), Fort Wayne (Shoaff Park Pond and Lakeside Park Northeast Pond), Hobart (Robinson Park Lake), Indianapolis (Krannert Park Lake and Riverside Park Pond), Lafayette (Munger Park Pond), New Albany (Kiwanis Lake at Sam Peden Community Park), and Terre Haute (Dobbs Park Pond).
Sites where trout will be stocked are Evansville (Garvin Park Lake), Fort Wayne (Spy Run Creek at Franke Park), Indianapolis (Delaware Lake at Fort Harrison State Park), and Terre Haute (Maple Avenue Park Lake).
The stocked fish are available for harvest as soon as they are put into the lake. Many of the selected lakes already have existing populations of largemouth bass and bluegill that provide year-round fishing opportunities. The newly stocked channel catfish and rainbow trout will provide urban anglers a better chance of “catching dinner.”
Channel catfish ranging from 14 to 18 inches are stocked in April, May and June. Smaller catfish (8-10 inches) are stocked in October. Channel catfish are easy to catch, don’t require expensive gear or equipment, and taste great. They are attracted to strong-smelling baits. Try using nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, or cut hot dogs.
Due to more restrictive water quality requirements, rainbow trout are stocked in a select number of the Go FishIN in the City lakes. Cheese, kernel corn, nightcrawlers, red wigglers, and meal worms make good trout baits. If you’d rather use an artificial lure, try a small inline spinner or a spoon.
Anglers age 18 and older need a fishing license and a trout stamp to fish for trout. Anglers age 17 and younger do not need a fishing license.