Youth trout fishing offered at Indiana's Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area
A special opportunity for young anglers to fish for rainbow trout will be offered Saturday, April 21, at Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area’s Wyland Lake.
The DNR will stock about 200 rainbow trout in the lake on Friday, April 20, when the six-acre natural lake will be closed to fishing.
On Saturday, April 21, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., only anglers under age 18 and any adults who accompany them will be allowed to fish at the lake.
Although anglers younger than 18 do not need a license to fish, adult anglers must possess a valid fishing license with an attached trout stamp.
Most trout fishing at Wyland Lake is done from boats. A small fishing pier is available but the success of fishing from shore is limited by shallow depth and aquatic plants.
A portable restroom facility will be available at the lake’s boat ramp.
Anglers do not need to register in advance but will be required to check in with DNR personnel at the lake when they arrive.
Wyland Lake is located off of Kosciusko County Road 875 East, about one-quarter mile north of Epworth Forest Road.
“We want to encourage more young people and families with children to go fishing,” said Jed Pearson, district fisheries biologist with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.
“By creating this special opportunity to fish for trout, we want to expose new anglers to trout fishing and we hope several of our traditional trout anglers will take kids fishing,” Pearson said.
The rainbow trout to be stocked at Wyland Lake are being reared at the Curtis Creek Trout Station in LaGrange County. The trout will measure about 10 inches and should bite readily on worms and small spinner baits.
For more information, call the district fisheries office at (260) 244-6805 or the Tri-County FWA at (574) 834-4461.