Anglers will now have the opportunity to catch rainbow trout at the new Maple Avenue Nature Park, thanks to cooperation between the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department.

In 2010, the city of Terre Haute renewed a fish management agreement with DNR. The DNR decided to start stocking Maple Lake in Maple Avenue Nature Park with rainbow trout after a recent fisheries survey documented adequate water quality for the species.

Maple Avenue Nature Park is located at the corner of U.S. 41 and Maple Avenue. Maple Lake is an 11-acre, 28-feet-deep borrow pit. In 2011, DNR began fall channel catfish stockings at Maple Lake, also in an effort provide additional fishing opportunities.

“The city has shown a real commitment to fishing and other outdoor activities by seeking grants and expanding its city park system,” DNR fisheries biologist David Kittaka said.

The DNR expects increased public interest in fishing Maple Lake. As a result the DNR public access program plans to install a new boat ramp there this summer.

Maple Lake’s trout will come from stockings previously intended for Little George Pit, 17 miles west in Chinook Fish & Wildlife Area. Little George Pit will no longer be stocked with trout.

Anglers fishing for trout are required to have an $11 trout/salmon privilege stamp in addition to a valid Indiana fishing license. Both can be purchased online (IndianaOutdoor.In.gov) or anywhere licenses are sold. The inland trout program is funded through the privilege stamp.

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