Fishing can be a way to help feed your family, a relaxing way to wile away an afternoon, or a competive sport. Following are locations, regulations and tips for fishing in and around Wayne County.

Regulations and Advisories


Indiana Fishing Guide and Regulations

Purchase your Indiana Fishing License Online

Fish Consumption Advisory | Angling Indiana

Indiana DNR: Division of Fish & Wildlife


Ohio Fishing Regulations

Fish Consumption Advisory

Where to Fish

Wayne County

Indiana Public Fishing Sites

Martindale State Fishing Area
Ten miles west of Richmond off I-70 to Jacksonburg, then east on Keppler Road, 15 Acres, 765.529.9581

Middlefork Reservoir Park
The Middlefork Reservoir Park is a 405-acre facility which hosts a 177 acre stream and spring-fed lake. In addition to fishing and boating, the park also hosts indoor and outdoor picnic areas, various active and passive play areas, hiking trails, and an excellent setting for enjoying an afternoon in the sun. The Hill's Bark Park is also located at the reservoir. Bring your dog along and take advantage of this large, fenced, off-leash play area. Located on Sylvan Nook Drive, Middlefork Reservoir is undoubtedly one of Richmond's best kept secrets.

Operational Schedule
May 1 - August 31, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Boat Rental Information
Rental boats are available during Service Center operational hours. Fees: 1st hour $5.75, additional hours $2.00

Daily and Annual Launch Permits
Fishermen are welcome to launch their private boats at the Middlefork Reservoir. Permits can be purchased at the Service Center. The Middlefork Reservoir is a "NO WAVE, NO WAKE" lake.

Launch Permits
Resident/Non-Resident.....$ 6.00

Dock Rentals
The Middlefork Reservoir has docks for public rental, ideal for pontoons and sailboats. The docks are handicapped-accessible and have minimum- security lighting. Dock reservations are accepted at the Administration Office in Glen Miller Park. Call 983.PARK.

Area Parks, Reservoirs and Lakes

Brookville Lake - 5,260-acre lake - just north of Brookville, Indiana

Fish Indiana - for fishing information on Indiana, Lake Michigan waters and tributaries.

Indiana Lakes by Boating America

Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs

Hueston Woods - near Oxford, Ohio

Whitewater Memorial State Park - south of Liberty, Indiana

Reference Links

Eating Information

Government Resources & Not-for-Profit Organizations

8 Fishing Knots to Know

DNR - Fish and Wildlife Page

Indiana State Fish Hatcheries

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

How To...

Bass Fishing For Beginners

How to Clean a Fish - warning: not for the squeamish

Make Fishing Elementary - Tips for fishing with kids

Identification and Records

Do You Know That Fish?

Indiana Sport Fish Identification (DNR)

Indiana Fish Identification (Purdue)

Indiana Record Fish Program

Ohio's Record Fish

Freshwater Fish Identification - a Texas Parks & Wildlife page - but hey - most of the fish are the same as ours!

News & Magazines

All Outdoors by "Bayou Bill" Scifres

Indiana Outdoor News

Wild Bulletin - a FREE e-newsletter that provides information about Indiana's fish and wildlife resources and recreation through e-mail.


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