Inland stream trout season in Indiana opens April 24

April 20, 2021

Indiana Department of Natural Resources staff have stocked more than 23,000 rainbow trout in preparation for inland stream trout season, which opens April 24.

The season officially starts at 6 a.m. local time.

By opening day, the DNR will have stocked 23,425 rainbow trout in 17 streams in 12 counties, according to a DNR news release.

The stocked trout come from Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station near Howe in LaGrange County and average roughly 11 inches in length.

Trout will bite on a variety of artificial baits such as spinners and flies, but natural baits such as worms and bee moths tend to be the most popular.

To find a stocked stream near you, visit the 2021 Trout Stocking Plan.

Anglers 18 years of age and older will need an Indiana fishing license and a trout/salmon stamp to fish for trout.

The bag limit for trout in inland waters, other than Lake Michigan and its tributaries, is five fish per day with a minimum size of 7 inches.

No more than one of these can be a brown trout. Additionally, any harvested brown trout caught below Brookville Tailwaters must be 18 inches or larger.

There is no closed season for taking trout from inland lakes.

For more information about inland trout regulations, visit the Indiana Fishing Regulation Guide.

Inland stream trout season in Indiana opens April 24