ANGLERS GET READY: DNR to offer family trout fishing opportunities

COLUMBIA CITY — Hoosier families can experience trout fishing at two locations in northeast Indiana Saturday in conjunction with a Free Fishing Day. The locations are a pond at Morsches Park in Columbia City and 6-acre Wyland Lake in Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area in Kosciusko County. The events are free and open to the public. No fishing license or trout stamp is required. About 400 rainbow trout averaging 12 inches long will be stocked in Morsches Pond Friday. No fishing will be allowed until Saturday morning.A youth fishing derby will run from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday with DNR personnel providing assistance, bait and fishing equipment. Bait will be provided with financial help from the Columbia City Walmart. Anglers age 17 and younger who register with DNR officials on-site during the two-hour period will be entered in the fishing derby. Fishing gear donated by the Northeast Indiana Trout Association will be awarded to young anglers who catch the largest fish and the largest trout. A drawing for other prizes will also be held. Morsches Pond is at the north end of Morsches Park. A fishing pier is available. A restroom will be open, and parking is available. Four-hundred rainbow trout also will be stocked on April 18 into Wyland Lake, off Kosciusko County Road 875 East, about one-quarter mile north of Epworth Forest Road. The starting time on April 19 will be 6 a.m. Trout fishing will open to the general public Sunday. A fishing pier and portable restroom facility will be available at Wyland Lake. Because Wyland Lake is deep and vegetation grows along much of the edge, shore fishing is limited. Trout anglers are encouraged to bring a small boat. Anglers can launch boats on the east shore at the parking lot. For information on the fishing events, call the district fisheries office in Columbia City at 244-6805 and Tri-County FWA at (574) 834-4461.