DNR to host trout fishing derby in Fort Wayne

File photo of a rainbow trout courtesy Cary Gubler

The Indiana DNR and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department will host a free family trout fishing derby at Shoaff Park from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

DNR officials will release approximately 400 rainbow trout in a small pond at Shoaff Park before the event. The trout will measure about 13-14 inches long.

No fishing will be allowed before the event.

Registration of youth anglers will begin at 8 a.m.

DNR staff will be present to measure trout caught by youth anglers. Prizes supplied by Pro Tackle Outfitters will be awarded to the youth anglers who catch the largest trout. If a tie occurs, a drawing at 11 a.m. will determine the winners.

DNR staff will also make available bait and a limited supply of fishing poles to lend to youngsters new to fishing. Bait will be provided by Pro Tackle Outfitters.

Anglers under age 18 can participate without a license or trout stamp. Anyone age 18 or older who fishes must have a valid Indiana fishing license and trout stamp.

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