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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

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

Service Center Schedule
April 15 - 30 Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
May 1 - August 31 Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
September 1 - 30 Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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.

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 and Dock Fees
Type Daily Launch Annual Launch Dock Rental
City of Richmond Resident $6 $50 $385
City of Richmond Non-Resident $6 $60 $460
Senior: City of Richmond Resident N/A N/A $325
Senior: City of Richmond Non-Resident N/A N/A $385
Wayne County Resident $6 N/A $425
Wayne County Senior Resident N/A N/A $365
Family of 4 - Kayak $20 $125 N/A
Single Kayak $6 $60 N/A

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

Fishing Tips and Videos - Tips for beginners and kids

Identification and Records

Do You Know That Fish?

Indiana Fish Identification (DNR)

Indiana Fish Identification (Purdue)

Indiana Record Fish Program

Ohio's Fish Recognition Program

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

News & Magazines

Outdoor Indiana

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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Did You Know?

The first county seat in Wayne County was located in Salisbury, a town that no longer exists. The county seat was moved to Centerville in 1818 and finally to Richmond in 1873.