The Department of Natural Resources is changing the way it stocks rainbow trout in some southern Indiana lakes.

The changes are to better distribute the fish so more people can have the chance to fish for trout.

Trout stocking will be eliminated at Pine Lake in Clark State Forest so that stocking can take place at Johnson Lake in Madison’s Johnson Park. Johnson Lake will be stocked with 300 trout. DNR will continue to stock Oak Lake, also in Clark State Forest, with 405 trout.

Trout stocking will also be eliminated at Bethel Pit in Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area in Pike County, so that stocking can take place at Garvin Park Lake in Evansville’s Garvin Park. Garvin Park Lake will be stocked with 550 trout.

Trout are normally stocked during the third week in October.

On Oct. 20 at Garvin Park, DNR is hosting a youth fishing event from 1 to 5 p.m. CDT.

DNR staff will offer assistance and have fishing poles and bait for anyone who would like to come and trout fish that afternoon.

Trout anglers age 17 and older need a fishing license and a trout/salmon stamp. Anglers age 16 and younger do not need a fishing license or trout stamp. Licenses and stamps can be purchased at

The rainbow trout daily bag limit is five, and the minimum size limit is 7 inches.

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