Did you know, you can fish on Fort Wayne's three rivers? The St. Joseph, St. Marys, and Maumee provide a great source of entertainment including adventuring along the trails, kayaking, and enjoying Promenade Park. Fort Wayne's rivers are also a great source for nature watching and fishing.

Kayakers Cruise the Downtown Rivers at Sunset

How to Fish on Fort Wayne's Rivers

Fort Wayne’s three rivers can be fished by boat, wading and the most popular option is shoreline fishing. 

Some of the most popular areas for new and seasoned anglers are at the two major dams; one being in Johnny Appleseed Park where you can easily access the riverside deck where you will have the opportunity to cast spinners and crankbaits.

The Hosey Dam/Maumee River Dam located on Anthony Blvd is another hotspot for local and traveling anglers alike, the water below the dam has everything from fast running stretches to recirculating deep pools and shallow rocky flats.

Bring along your favorite earthworms tied simply to a large sinker and hook or for more action grab some 1/4oz Pink Jig heads with a White Twisty Tail Grub; cast your line out into the river and bounce off the bottom or just slowly reel them in.   

Man showing off the fish he caught on Fort Wayne's three rivers. Man kayak fishing on one of Fort Wayne, Indiana's three rivers.

Fish species in Fort Wayne's Rivers

Fish for the walleye, catfish, smallmouth bass, and some of the best fighting fish pound for pound, freshwater drum at the Johnny Appleseed Park. Of, take your lines to the Maumee River Dam to fish for Walleye, Sauger/Saugeye, and Flathead Catfish.

Other popular game fish found in these locations are; Black and White Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, Bluegills and Sunfish.  You may also find other river species like; common carp, Spotted Gar and Smallmouth Buffalo.  

Fish caught on one Fort Wayne, Indiana's three rivers.

Most popular baits used on Fort Wayne's Rivers

Shallow water crankbaits in bold colors like red, yellow and chartreuse green with bold black lines that invoke some seriously aggressive bites.

Try knocking the lure off the bottom or bouncing them off rocks and downed trees.  Black, Red, White Spinner and blade baits and various jigging style baits that go into the deeper water can be very effective for Walleye, Catfish and Pike.


Fishing Fort Wayne's Rivers Resources

Indiana’s Fish Consumption Advisory


IN Department of Natural Resources (Fishing Guide)


Purchase Indiana Fishing License Online