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Hook, line and sinker

April 20, 2014

David Welsheimer fishes a net full of rainbow trout from his truck to hand to Jed Pearson, also of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The DNR put approximatley 400 fish into the pond at Morsches Park Friday afternoon. Nicole Ott/Post & Mail photo.

COLUMBIA CITY — Scales were tipped as 400 fish were hauled into Morsches Park and fed into the pond for a fishing derby set for this afternoon.

From noon to 2 p.m., anglers up to age 17 can fish the pond for trout and blue gill with out a license or stamp.

“This is the first year we’ve done something like this,” said Jed Pearson, district fisheries biologist for the Department of Natural Resources. “We wanted to develop more family-friendly opportunities for fishing.”

Located in the back part of the park, the pond is small, but Pearson said the derby will be “entertaining.”

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