Statement issued Monday:
DNR’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will stock 400 rainbow trout in Spy Run Creek at Fort Wayne’s Franke Park this month, marking the 26th anniversary of a project to get youngsters excited about fishing.
The stocking will happen Friday, April 27. Spy Run Creek, however, will remain closed to fishing until 6 a.m. the next day, when Indiana’s stream trout-fishing season opens.
The trout measure about 10 inches long and are grown at the DNR Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station in LaGrange County.
Trout fishing will be available on a half-mile section of Spy Run Creek from the parking lot of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo upstream to the confluence with the Lowther-Newhaus Ditch.
Adult anglers will need a fishing license and trout stamp. Anglers age 17 and younger do not need a fishing license or trout stamp. The daily catch limit per angler is five trout.
“We started stocking trout in Spy Run years ago to bring trout fishing closer to Fort Wayne,” said DNR fisheries biologist Jed Pearson. “But more important, we wanted to give kids and families a chance to get interested in fishing.”
Pearson, who began the Spy Run stocking program, said the creek was picked because of its small size, bank access, suitable water quality and fish habitat.
“In most years we draw several hundred fishermen, some of whom are serious trout anglers,” Pearson said. “But many are kids who fish for awhile and then enjoy other park activities.”
More information on Indiana’s trout stocking program is at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/3622.htm