THE WAYNEDALE NEWS will be giving away FREE fishin’ poles again this year during WAYNEDALE DAZE in Waynedale Memorial Park right after the Memorial Day parade and the ceremony at the Prairie Grove Cemetery. THE WAYNEDALE NEWS started the tradition of giving away ‘ready to fish with’ bamboo poles to the children of Waynedale in order to draw families closer together by encouraging the grownups to spend more quality time with their children. The poles come complete with line, bobber, hook, and sinker. All you have to do is buy or dig some worms and “. . . go fishin’.”

In order for a child to get a free fishin’ pole, he/she must bring an adult with them to accept the pole and the responsibility that goes with it (they are equipped with a very sharp hook). One pole per child, please. ADULTS – Please don’t just come and get the free poles; use ’em! Take a kid fishin’.

The NorthEast Trout Association has been invited to come over to our Waynedale Daze celebration and instruct kids on how to “rig up” use the “fishin’ poles” that we will be giving away. If you plan on receiving one of these poles or if you’ve received one in the past, it might pay to come over and listen to what these guys have to say. They know how to catch fish. See you there!



Load up the car with friends, family and fishing poles this June 7-8 and enjoy a free weekend of fishing. Indiana resident adults do not need a fishing license to fish on public waters during Free Fishing Weekend. Children under the age of 17 do not need a license at any time.

To celebrate Free Fishing Weekend, many parks, reservoirs, fish and wildlife areas and recreation areas are planning fun fishing derbies, clinics and fish cleaning and cooking classes. Some properties require pre-registration. Call your favorite property for details.



Chain O’ Lakes State Park, Albion, 260-636-2654

Elkhart County’s River Preserve County Park, 574-535-6458

Huntington Lake SRA, Huntington, 260-468-2165

Mississinewa Lake, Peru, 765-473-6528

Monroe Lake, Bloomington, 812-837-9546

Ouabache State Park, Bluffton 260-824-0926

Potato Creek State Park, North Liberty, 574-656-8186

Salamonie Lake, Andrews, 260-468-2124

Shakamak State Park, Jasonville, 812-665-2158

And don’t forget the waters of Fox Island (449-1380) and Hurshtown Reservoir (427-6008 or 627-3390) (there may be an entrance fee and/or a fishing fee at these two locations).



Although no fishing license is required by adults on Free Fishing Weekend, all other fishing regulations are still in effect. Individuals who need reasonable modifications for effective participation in Free Fishing Weekend events should contact the property at least 72 hours before the event.



Don’t let summer pass your kids by without spending a week at Fox Island! This year they are offering nature and recreation camps. Nature camps will focus on nature exploration and study, whereas Recreation camps will focus on games and recreational activities. Activities that will be offered in both types of camps include swimming, fishing, canoeing, crafts, and much more.

Fox Island County Park’s Summer Day Camp is geared for kids between 6 and 11 years old. Each session runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm each day. Cost is $90 per camper per week. Nature camps will be offered the weeks of June 23 – 27, July 14 – 18, and July 21 – July 25, and August 4 – 8. There is a discount available for people with an Allen County Golden Parks Pass. Registration is open until camps are filled, but register as soon as possible because the spaces are filling quickly. Call 449-3180 for information.

The Waynedale News Staff
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