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State stocking urban lakes, ponds with big catfish

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Natural Resources hopes to get state residents in several cities and towns hooked on fishing by stocking urban lakes and ponds with large catfish.

State crews will stock 11 ponds around Indiana on Monday with a combined 1,000 channel catfish weighing about 1 1/4 pounds each and averaging about 14 inches in length.

It will be the second round of catfish stockings under the DNR’s new Go FishIn in the City program aimed at stocking about 5,000 catfish in urban areas this year.

DNR assistant fisheries biologist Matt Petersen says the program has been popular with anglers who’ve been hooking catfish in the lakes that already are stocked.

The ponds being stocked Monday are in Avon, Carmel, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette, New Albany and Terre Haute.