Let’s go fishin’

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DNR's Warren Gartner talks to the kids about fishing

DNR's Warren Gartner talks to the kids about fishing

Over the past couple of years, one of the main attractions at the State Fair has become the fishin’ pond. The fishin’ pond is slightly smaller than Lake Michigan and a little bit bigger than your bathtub. Does that narrow it down for you?

This is the fourth State Fair the fishin’ pond has been around for. It has been a huge draw since the day it opened.

Only kids ages 5 – 17 are allowed to fish so I’m out of luck in trying my hand with those fish. It is stocked with bluegill and catfish. Bluegill are, by far, the more common catch. The kids practice catch and release so no fish are harmed at the Indiana State Fair, except the walleye I ate for lunch. It was good.

Before the kids run to their fishing stations, they listen to a fishing expert talk about the basics of fishing in Indiana and about how they will use the DNR rods in the fishin’ pond.

The fishin’ pond is open for fishing twice a day on most days. If you come, I hope you don’t mind icky things since, for bait, the kids use bee moths and worms.
-Don

The Fishin' Pond

The Fishin' Pond

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