DNR stocks trout in advance of fishing derby

A DNR employee stocks trout at Morsches Park in Columbia City on Friday, April 17, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) The DNR will stocked 400 rainbow trout in Morsches Pond in Columbia City Friday morning prior a Youth Fishing Derby set for Saturday.

This will be the second annual Family Trout Fishing Derby and will run from 9-11 a.m. at Morsches Park.
The event is free, and no fishing license or trout stamp is required because April 18 is one of four Free Fishing Days offered by the Department of Natural Resources.

DNR staff will be on hand to help anglers younger than age 18. Fishing poles and bait will be available.
Before April 18, the DNR will stock 400 rainbow trout in the pond at the north end of Morsches Park. The trout are about 10 inches long.

No trout fishing will be allowed until Saturday morning.

Prizes will be awarded to youth anglers who catch the largest trout and register their fish on-site. If a tie occurs, a drawing at 11 a.m. will determine the winners.

Trout ready to be stocked in Morsches Pond in Columbia City.
Trout ready to be stocked in Morsches Pond in Columbia City.

The event is sponsored by the Columbia City Walmart and hosted by the Columbia City Parks Department.

The pond has open access for shore fishing. A fishing pier is also available. A restroom facility will be open, and ample parking is available.
Thirty-six kids participated in the derby last year. Thirty-five trout were caught and kept, the largest of which was 13 inches. Several additional trout were caught and released.

The limit will be five trout per angler.

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