2012-05-09 / Columns

Northern Indiana Streams Receive More Trout

by Brandon Butler

Not many people associate Indiana with trout. We don’t have many waters at all that stay cold enough to actually support cold water fish. The DNR does recognize the appeal of trout, so each year they stock certain waters with fish that everyone knows won’t last long. The goal is for anglers to catch and keep.

This spring, Indiana trout opportunities are expanded on five northern Indiana streams due to additional stockings from the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. The five streams are Pigeon River in Steuben and LaGrange counties, Turkey Creek in LaGrange County, Little Elkhart River in Elkhart County, Little Kankakee River in LaPorte County and Potato Creek in St. Joseph County.

Pigeon River, Turkey Creek and Little Elkhart River will be stocked for the weekends of May 12-13 and May 26-27, Memorial Day weekend. The DNR will stock Pigeon River at Steuben County Road 175 North and at County Line Road. Turkey Creek will be stocked at LaGrange County Road 150 North. These locations are in the Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area. The Little Elkhart River will be stocked at Bonneyville Mill County Park. The Little Kankakee River is being stocked at LaPorte County Road 100 South and State Road 4.

The Little Kankakee River and Potato Creek will be stocked only for Memorial Day weekend. This makes for an incredible opportunity to mix camping and fishing. Growing up, my family spent many weekends at Potato Creek State Park. After nearly 30 years as a regular camper at Indiana state parks, I can wholeheartedly say Potato Creek State Park is my favorite.

Sure, part of the reason why I love Potato Creek is because of the nostalgia I feel towards the place. Yet, even if that wasn’t the case, Potato Creek is an outstanding destination for a number of reasons. First of all, it is a diverse campground. Worster Lake is a 327-acre fishing gem that offers excellent bass, catfish and panfish. There is a swimming beach, boat rentals, a paved bike path, a nice creek, great playgrounds and so much more to do at the park.

If you wanted to head up to northern Indiana to try your hand at fishing for trout this Memorial Day weekend, a trip to Potato Creek State Park would be an excellent option. You’ll want to check on campsite availability, because the park is usually full on weekends, and especially on holiday weekends. If you showed up earlier in the week, such as Thursday, there is a good chance you’ll find an available spot.

Potato Creek will be stocked in Potato Creek State Park near the paved bicycle trail creek crossing. Parking is available in the west lot. Anglers targeting trout in Potato Creek must hike or bike about one mile along the bicycle trail to get to the fish, but will be rewarded with unrestricted access along a naturally scenic stream.

Although these streams are the only ones to receive additional trout in May, fish from the initial releases in late April are still available in most of northern Indiana’s trout streams. For a list of all 2012 trout stocking locations visit: dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/3622. htm.

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