The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife will delay its 2013 spring stocking of 400 rainbow trout in Wyland Lake in Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area until April 20 to coincide with Indiana’s newest Free Fishing Day.
Indiana residents who want to fish at the 6-acre natural lake on April 20 will not be required to purchase a fishing license or trout stamp.
According to Steve Roth, property manager of Tri-County FWA, only anglers under age 18 and any adults who accompany them will be allowed to fish at Wyland Lake after 6 a.m. on April 20. Fishing will be open to the general public again on April 21.
“By timing the stocking to a Free Fishing Day, we hope to encourage more anglers, especially those with young families, to try their luck trout fishing,” Roth said.
Until last year, trout at Wyland Lake were stocked in March. Last year, 200 trout were stocked in March for traditional anglers and 200 were stocked in April to provide a special youth trout fishing opportunity. This year all trout will be stocked in April.
Anglers will not need to register before participating in the Free Fishing Day but will be required to check in with DNR personnel at the lake when they arrive.
Wyland Lake is off Kosciusko County Road 875 East, one-quarter mile north of Epworth Forest Road.
Most trout fishing at Wyland Lake is done from boats. A small fishing pier is available. Fishing from shore is limited by shallow depth and aquatic plants.
A portable restroom facility will be available at the boat ramp.
The trout will measure about 10 inches long and should bite on worms and small spinner baits.
For more information, call the district fisheries office at (260) 244-6805 or the Tri-County FWA at (574) 834-4461.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources