Several northeast Indiana water bodies were recently stocked with nearly 4,000 brown trout averaging 8 inches in length.
Trout from Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Kentucky were stocked by DNR fisheries biologists into the Oliver Lake chain in LaGrange County (Oliver, Olin, Martin lakes), Pigeon River at County Road 1100 West on the LaGrange-Steuben County line, Solomon Creek at County Road 33 in Elkhart County, and the Little Elkhart River at County Road 10 in Elkhart County.
The bag limit for trout in inland waters, not including Lake Michigan or its tributaries, is five fish per day with a minimum size of 7 inches. No more than one of these can be a brown trout. Anglers 18 years and older will need an Indiana fishing license and a trout/salmon stamp to fish for trout.
Anglers are advised that sections of Solomon Creek and The Little Elkhart River are designated as year-round “catch-and-release” only and “artificial lures or flies only” trout fishing areas. These sections include Solomon Creek from County Road 33 downstream to the Elkhart River and the Little Elkhart River from County Road 43 downstream to County Road 16, except for waters along Riverbend Park from C.R. 16 upstream to the pedestrian footbridge.
Brown trout taken from the Oliver Lake chain must be at least 18 inches in length.
For additional information on area trout stockings please visit wildlife.IN.gov/5457.htm.