Did you know that an estimated 41 million Americans participate in fresh-water fishing? Of those, more than 170,000 are Hoosiers who spend $66 million on fishing-related purchases in Indiana. Nationwide, U.S. anglers contribute $125 billion to the economy and support over 800,000 jobs.
Seems like pretty good reasons to celebrate the fish with our McCloud Prairie Maze in 2022!
Anglers can fish Big Walnut Creek in McCloud Nature Park, and fly fishing is quite popular there. Bring the family and cast a line while you’re surrounded by the brilliant fall foliage at McCloud! Smallmouth bass, panfish, catfish, suckers, and carp are generally what are caught in Big Walnut Creek.
Last fall, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife stocked the two ponds at W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park with thousands of bass, bluegill, and redear fingerlings, along with young channel catfish. We anticipate that the fish will have grown to a harvestable size by the spring or summer of 2023!
When the fish are large enough, W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park will become a rare spot to fish for free and to keep what you catch. Of course, DNR conservation officers will enforce all Indiana laws involving fishing, including required licenses, bag limits, and size limits at the park.
(For more information about Indiana’s fishing laws, visit https://www.in.gov/dnr/fish-and-wildlife/licenses-and-permits/)
Celebrate fish and angling with a trip through our fish-themed prairie maze. Be sure to dress for the weather, wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, and bring some water. Bring the fingerlings, too, as this maze is appropriate for all ages!
Make sure to explore the McCloud Prairie Maze by October 31 and then enjoy some autumn fishing in Big Walnut Creek afterwards!
Admission to McCloud Nature Park and the prairie maze is absolutely FREE, and both are open from dawn to dusk daily. To access the prairie maze, park in the Nature Center parking lot. Maps to the maze are available in the kiosk outside of the Nature Center, as well as in the kiosk at the entrance to the maze.
The McCloud Prairie Maze is within McCloud Nature Park, located at 8518 Hughes Road, North Salem, Ind.
The McCloud Prairie Maze is open daily from dawn to dusk. It opens to the public on September 3, 2022, through October 31, 2022.
Admission to the McCloud Prairie Maze is absolutely FREE!
Parking is available in front of the Nature Center. There is no charge for parking.