Inland Trout Fishing Regulations
Trout Fishing: An Overview
Anglers in Indiana can delve into two primary trout fishing territories: the inland waters or the bountiful Lake Michigan and its tributaries. This segment specifically delineates regulations pertaining to inland trout fishing. For enthusiasts aiming to understand rules for Lake Michigan trout and salmon, consult the Lake Michigan Regulations.
Inland Trout Sizes and Limits
Trout species are subject to daily bag limits and minimum sizes to ensure sustainable fishing. Below is a table detailing these regulations:
- Brook Trout: A daily bag limit of 5 in any combination of brook, rainbow, or brown trout applies, with no more than one being a brown trout. The minimum size is 7 inches. Notably, at Oliver, Olin, and Martin lakes in LaGrange County, and Brookville Lake tailwater in Franklin County, brown trout must meet an 18-inch minimum size.
- Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout: Similar daily bag limits apply, with specific regulations tailored to ensure a thriving population.
Seasonal Regulations and Locations
Lakes: Trout fishing in inland lakes is available year-round, offering continuous opportunities for anglers.
Streams: The onset of trout season for inland streams begins the last Saturday in April, extending through December 31. Official fishing starts at 6 a.m. local time. Noteworthy closures and catch-and-release periods exist to promote fish population health:
- From January 1 through April 14, catch-and-release is mandatory for all trout streams.
- A closed season running from April 15 to the last Saturday in April is established for certain streams to accommodate DNR's annual trout stocking.
Several streams possess unique restrictions, such as the "catch-and-release only" and "artificial lures or flies only" designations. These include specific segments of Little Elkhart River, Solomon Creek, and Cobus Creek in Elkhart County.