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DNR stocking 22,000 trout

Nearly 22,000 trout are being stocked by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife in 16 different streams across Indiana for inland trout season, which starts on Saturday, April 30, at 6 a.m.

The stocked trout come from Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station near Howe in LaGrange County and average 11 inches in length.

Trout will bite on a variety of artificial baits such as spinners and flies, but natural baits such as worms and bee moths tend to be the most popular.

The bag limit for trout in inland waters, other than Lake Michigan and its tributaries, is five per day with a minimum size of 7 inches. No more than one of these can be a brown trout. Additionally, any harvested brown trout caught below the Brookville tailwater must be 18 inches or larger. There is no closed season for taking trout from inland lakes.  

To find a stocked stream near you, see the second page of the trout stocking plan at bit.ly/36XmSgi.

One body of water that is absent from this year’s April stocking list is the tailwater of Brookville Lake in Franklin County. Scheduled maintenance by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is delaying rainbow trout stockings.  

To fish for trout, anglers age 18 and older need an Indiana fishing license and a trout/salmon stamp.

Both can be bought at on.IN.gov/INhuntfish.