The Indiana DNR and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department will host a free family trout fishing derby at Shoaff Park from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.
DNR officials will release approximately 400 rainbow trout in a small pond at Shoaff Park before the event. The trout will measure about 13-14 inches long.
No fishing will be allowed before the event.
Registration of youth anglers will begin at 8 a.m.
DNR staff will be present to measure trout caught by youth anglers. Prizes supplied by Pro Tackle Outfitters will be awarded to the youth anglers who catch the largest trout. If a tie occurs, a drawing at 11 a.m. will determine the winners.
DNR staff will also make available bait and a limited supply of fishing poles to lend to youngsters new to fishing. Bait will be provided by Pro Tackle Outfitters.
Anglers under age 18 can participate without a license or trout stamp. Anyone age 18 or older who fishes must have a valid Indiana fishing license and trout stamp.
The catch limit will be five trout per angler.
Shoaff Park is at 6401 St. Joe Road. The pond is near the splash pad and has open access for shore fishing. A restroom facility and ample parking space are available nearby.
“We want families to come out and experience fishing in a fun and safe environment,” said Tyler Delauder, DNR assistant fisheries biologist. “Trout fishing is easy and you can take your catch home to eat.”
Avid trout anglers from the area also will be on hand to demonstrate fly tying and casting skills.
For more information, call (260) 244-6805.