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Fish & Wildlife > Fishing > Go FishIN in the City Go FishIN in the City

Go FishIN in the City logoGo FishIN in the City Provides:

  • Great shore fishing opportunities for Hoosiers
  • Catchable-size channel catfish and rainbow trout, with the help of local partners
  • Locations with restrooms and parking nearby, such as  local city parks
  • Locations close to urban areas, so you don’t have to travel far to fish

What you need to fish:

  • Anglers age 18 and older must purchase a valid fishing license, unless otherwise exempt from needing a fishing license.
  • Anglers age 17 and younger do not need a fishing license.
  • Trout anglers must purchase a trout stamp, in addition to a fishing license.

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Go FishIN in the City

Locations Include:

Indianapolis, Carmel, Avon, Fort Wayne, Terre Haute, New Albany, Evansville, Lafayette, Hobart.

For more specific locations, click on the city below:

State of Indiana

New Albany, Sam Peden Community ParkEvansville,Indianapolis,Carmel,Terre Haute, Dobbs and Maple Avenue ParksAvon,Fort Wayne, Shoaff, Lakeside and Franke ParksLafayette,Hobart,

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish



Channel Catfish ranging from 14-18” will be stocked once each month during April, May, and June. Smaller catfish (8-10”) will be stocked during October.

  • Easy to catch
  • Don’t require expensive gear or equipment
  • Taste great.
  • Attracted to strong-smelling baits.
  • Try using nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, or cut hot dogs.

Fish illustration by Rick Hill, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Stocking weeks: April 10-14, May 15-19, May 29 - June 2.  Dates subject to change.

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow TroutRainbow trout are a coldwater species and can only survive during winter and early spring. Due to more restrictive water-quality requirements, rainbow trout will only be stocked in a selected number of the designated Go FishIN in the City lakes.

  • Taste great
  • Can catch using a simple rod-and-reel combo or try fly-fishing
  • Use cheese, kernel corn, night crawlers, red wigglers, and meal worms as bait
  •  To use a lure, try a small inline spinner or spoon

Fish illustration by Rick Hill, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Stocking weeks: The last two weeks of March. Fall stockings will occur in the middle of October. Dates subject to change.