Shoaff Park family fishing day rescheduled



A public family fishing event scheduled for Oct. 7 at Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne has been rescheduled due to warm weather in the forecast.

The event is now scheduled for Oct. 21, from 9-11 a.m., at the park at 6401 St. Joe Road.

The event has been delayed due to concerns about how warm weather expected this week could affect rainbow trout. The DNR had planned to stock 200 rainbow trout at the park before the family fishing event. But rainbow trout require water temperatures less than 70 degrees to survive.

The stocking has also been postponed to Oct. 21.

Participants in the family fishing event must register onsite upon arrival. Anglers 18 and older must have an Indiana fishing license and trout stamp. Those under 18 can fish without a license or stamp.

DNR staff will lend fishing equipment to families and provide advice for first-time anglers, including how to clean and cook trout. Pro Tackle Outfitters of Fort Wayne will donate bait for the event. Members of the Three Rivers Flyfishers will help people try fly fishing.

Unlike previous events, there will not be a largest fish contest.

“We want to move away from the competitive aspect of fishing and encourage folks to simply enjoy the fun of catching fish,” said Tyler Delauder, DNR assistant fisheries biologist.

Trout stocked at Shoaff Park are raised at the Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station in LaGrange County and are 12 to 14 inches long. Delauder expects one-fourth of the trout will be caught during the family event, which means many will remain to be caught later.