Fishing in Allen County? Here’s the Catch!

With this early Indiana spring, the little kid with a cane pole, string, and safety pin hook in all of us is trying to emerge to take advantage of the sunny warm weather.  It might be a tad early, but that doesn’t stop our yearning for the silver flash of fish at the other end of our line!

Of course it’s never too early to start thinking of nearby places to wet your line when the delightful weather returns for good. Even if you can’t get away to a lake, Allen County has plenty of places to fish, some of which I’ll list here.

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The writer and her catch.

Fox Island County Park and Metea County Park both have nice lakes and only charge $2 to fish.  Cook’s Landing County Park has access to Cedar Creek fishing, which is a state-designated river. For more information on these places and the fishing species they offer, check out

There is also the inner-city Ivan Lebamoff Reservoir at 2300 Clinton Street in Fort Wayne, which has hungry bass, bluegill and catfish all ready to strike your lures or live bait.  Lakeside Park, Foster Park, Johnny Appleseed Park, Guldlin Park, Swinney Park, Franke Park, and other great local spots can be found at All offer access to rivers or ponds with fish and all Indiana fishing rules, regulations and licensing must be followed.

Hurshtown Reservoir in Huntertown is another popular fishing spot, as are Cedarville Reservoir, Lake Everett, and Shoaff Lake.

In addition, the Fort’s famed three rivers – St. Marys, St. Joseph’s and the Maumee – have all produced good-sized catches, especially of lunker catfish and are accessible at many sites.



Barb Sieminski is a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and newspapers. She received her B.A. and M.S. in art and English, from the University of St. Francis. When not chained to the computer, she follows her passion of fishing, believing that all good things come to she who baits . . .

5 Responses to “Fishing in Allen County? Here’s the Catch!”

    Aaron Jehle
    January 29th, 2013
    Hello, I have had a lot of experience with local fishing for my age(13) and can tell you that no one is too young or old to fish. I've heard from many people my age, or any age for that matter, say that they don't like fishing because it's boring and all you do is sit there and do nothing....and I tell them, "then your not doing it right!" But what I think is ironic is not only the fact that more than half those kid's haven't even tried it but those kid's sit around all day on the couch eating hot pockets and texting on their phones every minute they get a random text message. If any of those individuals need any help with fishing techniques and tips than you can look it up on the same phone you are on all the time. I think that people like the ones above that take time to help others learn more and help them understand things they can't by themselves are what we need more of in this nation as all others. So, I give thanks to all those that care about the people and their knowledge capacity. Aaron.
    Barb Sieminski
    January 30th, 2013
    Hi, Aaron, Thanks for leaving a comment on my fishing blog. I agree with you 100%. I've been fishing ever since I was a kid and one of my greatest joys is taking others fishing, especially kids. I've taken several of my riding students and their families fishing for about 5 years now, and they come into town to fish with me several times a summer. I fish as much as I can and try to impart my fishing knowledge to others thru my writing and photography. Years ago, I wrote the outdoor column for the Journal Gazette and it was a dream job. Today, I continue to do as many articles as I can for other publications so that folks will be inspired to at least TRY the sport. (Smile) Keep trying to get others to wet a line! I've always felt that if a kid developed a love for fishing and the outdoors, that will be one less person attracted to gangs, drugs, assault weapons and a host of other societal ills. Former President Herbert Hoover wrote, "Next to prayer, fishing is the most personal relationship of man / woman . . . and fishing is the chance to wash one's soul with pure air, with the rush of a brook or with the shimmer of the sun on blue water." Thanks again for writing - and I wish you tight lines! Barb
    June 8th, 2013
    Hey All, I'm needing a place to river fish! Particularly for bass. I grew up fishing the white river in Anderson, and need to find something similar here. Anybody know of a place just north of Fort Wayne where I can river fish?! Any help would be appreciated.
      Barb Sieminski
      July 27th, 2013
      Try fishing one of the 3 rivers - St. Mary's, St. Joe or the Maumee River. I've seen lots of people fishing when driving over bridges to these rivers. Good luck!
    Deldon Krueger
    May 31st, 2014
    Hey Everyone. I just recently moved to Fort Wayne and looking for a couple good spots and maybe a fishing buddy...any advice is greatly appreciated Deldon

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