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DNR to stock 200 catfish for Lakeside Park event

The Department of Natural Resources said today it would stock 200 channel catfish in Lakeside Park for Saturday's free public fishing event.

No fishing license is required for Indiana residents to fish on Saturday, the DNR's Division of Fish & Wildlife said in a statement.

During the event, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., DNR staff will provide instruction on fishing equipment and techniques, the statement said. Those sessions will begin hourly at the fishing pier on the east pond.

The DNR will also provide free bait and will have other equipment for beginners, the statement said.

It said the stocking is part of DNR's Go FishIN the City, a statewide effort to promote fishing in Indiana's urban areas.

The Shoaff Park pond will also receive 200 catfish, the DNR said. It said both ponds were stocked with 200 catfish last month, and a third stocking at each is scheduled for early June.