DNR Stocks Channel Catfish in Local Waters

The channel catfish range in size from 8-10 inches.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana DNR is stocking channel catfish at 147 locations statewide.

Each year, the DNR stocks channel catfish in publicly accessible waters. The channel catfish range in size from 8-10 inches.

Once stocked, these fish acclimate to their new environment quickly and don’t take long to start biting. According to the DNR, anglers are encouraged to harvest the catfish.

Anglers interested in harvesting channel catfish need to follow bag and size restrictions. In most lakes and reservoirs, the statewide regulations are 10 channel catfish per day in lakes, with no more than one being longer than 28 inches. Some lakes have other bag limitations. Learn more at eregulations.com/indiana/fishing/basic-fishing-information under Special Regulations Waters.

Local channel catfish stocking locations include:

Dearborn County (Water, size, amount)

  • Amber Lake, 8 Inch, 200
  • Schnebelt Pond, 8 Inch, 180
  • Simon Lake, 8 Inch, 160

Ripley County (Water, size, amount)

  • Bischoff Reservoir, 8 Inch, 2,899
  • Mollenkramer Reservoir, 8 Inch, 536

For a full list of stocking locations, visit wildlife.IN.gov/fishing/indiana-fish-stocking.

To view all fishing regulations, check out our fishing guide at: on.IN.gov/fishingguide.

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