Best New Fish Filleting Trick

Best New Fish Filleting Trick

Shooting television footage on Manitoba’s Winnipeg River near Pine Falls one year with Kenora, Ontario, guide and former Professional Walleye Trail angler Larry Snow, we got to talking about cleaning walleyes. Snow told us that he’s cleaned thousands and thousands over the years. I told him that I’d cleaned a few myself—told him I could fillet a fish perfectly in about 25 seconds. “I can do one in 18,” he said.

Read more: Best New Fish Filleting Trick – In-Fisherman.

Indiana stream trout season opener, April 26

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has stocked thousands of rainbow trout in 18 rivers and creeks in advance of stream trout season opening day, April 26.

Legal fishing hours begin at 6 a.m. (local time). Anglers must be in possession of a current Indiana fishing license and trout/salmon stamp to legally fish for trout. Fishing licenses and trout stamps can be purchased online at or in person at any authorized retailer.

A list of stocked streams for 2014 is at Click on the “Trout Stocking” link under the “Fishing Resources” headline.

Special regulations apply to some of the listed trout fisheries. A detailed explanation of each fishery’s regulations may be reviewed on page 17 of the 2014 Indiana Fishing Guide, or online at

The daily limit for trout is five per angler. No more than one may be a brown trout. Fish must be 7 inches long or longer to be kept.

Lake Michigan and its tributaries are governed by a separate set of regulations. To review, see page 18 of the Indiana Fishing Guide, or online at

Trout fishing on inland lakes is open year-round, except for at Greene-Sullivan State Forest, where trout fishing is closed March 15-April 1. Indiana stocks trout at 19 lakes statewide as part of its trout stocking program.

DNR to offer family trout fishing opportunities, April 19

Hoosier families can experience trout fishing at two locations in northeast Indiana on Saturday, April 19, in conjunction with a Free Fishing Day.

The locations are a pond at Morsches Park in Columbia City in Whitley County and 6-acre Wyland Lake in Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area in Kosciusko County.

The events are free and open to the public. No fishing license or trout stamp is required.

About 400 rainbow trout averaging 12 inches long will be stocked in Morsches Pond on Friday, April 18. No fishing will be allowed until Saturday morning, April 19.

A youth fishing derby will run from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday with DNR personnel providing assistance, bait and fishing equipment. Bait will be provided with financial help from the Columbia City Walmart.

Anglers age 17 and younger who register with DNR officials on-site during the two-hour period will be entered in the fishing derby.

Fishing gear donated by the Northeast Indiana Trout Association will be awarded to young anglers who catch the largest fish and the largest trout. A drawing for other prizes will also be held.

Morsches Pond is at the north end of Morsches Park. A fishing pier is available. A restroom will be open, and parking is available.

Four-hundred rainbow trout also will be stocked on April 18 into Wyland Lake, off Kosciusko County Road 875 East, about one-quarter mile north of Epworth Forest Road.

Unlike at Morsches Pond, however, only anglers ages 17 and younger and any adults who accompany them will be permitted to fish at Wyland Lake on Saturday, April 19. The starting time on April 19 will be 6 a.m. Trout fishing will open to the general public on Sunday, April 20.

A fishing pier and portable restroom facility will be available at Wyland Lake.

Because Wyland Lake is deep and vegetation grows along much of the edge, shore fishing is limited. Trout anglers are encouraged to bring a small boat.

Anglers can launch boats on the east shore at the parking lot.

For information on the fishing events, call the district fisheries office in Columbia City at (260) 244-6805 and Tri-County FWA at (574) 834-4461.

Contact Information:
Name: Jed Pearson
Phone: (260) 244-6805

Registration open for Eagle Creek Park Kids Fishing Derby

The Eagle Creek Park Foundation is hosting its 13th annual Kids Fishing Derby from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 7 at Eagle Creek Park’s Coffer Dam, located at the first right south of the 71st Street gate on the city’s northwest side.

The family-friendly event is free for children ages 4-14, and takes place in conjunction with one of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources designated free fishing days. This opportunity allows Indiana residents to fish without a license or trout/salmon stamp in public waters.

“We usually see a lot of kids fishing for the very first time,” said Alex Upchurch, Eagle Creek Park Foundation board member and Fishing Derby chairman. “Large youth and church groups are all welcome to come out and enjoy the serene setting, and of course the thrill of the catch!”

Last year, a few sprinkles of rain fell on the derby, but Upchurch says the event carried on and made conditions favorable for fish to bite. “Kids were catching bluegill, crappie, bass and even catfish, just one after another!” he said.

All participants receive a cookout-style lunch and goody bags. Special features include entertainment and prizes by the Pacers Fan Van, and music from 107.9 the Mix. McGruff the Crime Dog will make a special appearance along with park animals from the park’s nature centers.

Live bait is provided. Participants are asked to bring their own fishing equipment, although a limited amount of fishing poles will be available if children cannot supply their own.

All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers will be available to help bait and hook, and demonstrate casting techniques.

Pre-registration is required by Thursday, June 5 at 5 p.m., and space is limited to the first 400 participants. The $5 gate admission fee is waived for pre-registered participants.

Entry forms are available at the Eagle Creek Park office, 7840 W. 56th St., or online at

In the event of severe weather, the derby will be moved to Sunday, June 8.

For more information, call 317.327.7116, or email Alex Upchurch at


The Eagle Creek Park Foundation (ECPF) was established in 1978 as a 501 (c)(3) organization to promote, preserve, protect and enhance Eagle Creek Park, an island of nature surrounded by an urban landscape. The nonprofit thrives on membership and donations to fund park improvements, trail restoration projects and environmental education programs within Eagle Creek Park. Since 2001, the Foundation has invested nearly $3 million into Eagle Creek Park.