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DNR Supports Urban Fishing

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You may have heard the term “urban cowboy.”… The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is hoping to inspire a new term:  “urban angler.”  The Lakeshore’s Sarah Holst talked with a DNR fisheries biologist about the department’s Urban Fishing Program.

Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources wants Hoosiers to know that going on a fishing trip doesn’t always require a lot of travel.

Tom Bacula, DNR – We are trying to get the word out and make sure people know what a great resource they have right here in Hobart.

Tom Bacula is the northwest Indiana fisheries biologist for the DNR.  He says the department’s Go Fishin In The City program is designed to encourage urban fishing, and Robinson Lake in Hobart is part of the program.

Bacula – This location is great for families, it has a swingset and play area, as well as the bicycle path around the lake. And you don’t need a boat here, almost the entire shoreline is accessible.

The DNR stocked the lake with 600 catfish last fall and plans to add another 1,600 fish in October.  A local conservation group… the Friends Of Robinson Lake… will host a free fishing demonstration on June 1st… which coincides with one of the state’s free fishing days. On those dates only… no fishing permit is required.

Bacula – We do have four free fishing days coming up. The first was in April, the next is May 18th, and then June 1st and 2nd. Bag limits will apply at all locations.

Bacula says even if fishing isn’t for you… its always a good idea to spend a little time in your local parks. In Hobart… Sarah Holst, Lakeshore News.

 

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