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Northern Indiana’s Trout Unlimited Chapter


Trout Unlimited’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

TU accomplishes this mission on local, state and national levels with an extensive and dedicated volunteer network. TU’s national office, based just outside of Washington, D.C., and its regional offices employ professionals who testify before Congress, publish a quarterly magazine, intervene in federal legal proceedings, and work with the organization’s 152,000 volunteers in 450 chapters nationwide to keep them active and involved in conservation issues.

LECTU encourages the use of barbless hooks. Please consider the use of barbless hooks or pinch down the barb on hooks before use.

Trout Unlimited and the Little Elkhart River

The Little Elkhart River is a small, beautiful Northern Indiana stream. The stream rises in southern LaGrange County and flows in a northwesterly direction through cropland, deep woods, pastures, parks and residential backyards before entering the St. Joseph River at Bristol.  Trout are found throughout its length. Various sections offer different types of water. The headwaters are narrow and shallow. Downstream is deeper and broader. Yet, it is a fragile stream for trout. Water

temperatures during the heat of the summer months can be marginal for survival. Our goal is to help these trout thrive in Northern Indiana, and specifically this stream.

Both brown and rainbow trout are stocked in the stream each year. The Elkhart Conservation Club provides brown trout. These trout are hatched from eggs, raised in its hatchery, and stocked as three- to-four-inch fingerlings. The state of Indiana stocks rainbow trout in late April. These fish, which average 11 inches in length, are most prevalent early in the season.

Catch and Release

In an effort to establish an year round fishery a Catch and Release section of the Little Elkhart River has been designated. More…

Join us!

Our meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, at the Middlebury Public Library. You can join Trout Unlimited via the Web, be sure to designate Chapter 739 – Little Elkhart. We look forward to meeting you.

LECTU Fishing Guide – Where to Fish

The Little Elkhart Chapter is proud to present our “Guide to Trout Fishing the Little Elkhart River.” We realize that the majority of our chapter members do not live conveniently close to the Little Elkhart River and may not be familiar with the area. We want our members to have a favorable experience while exploring our home waters. This guide will provide the unfamiliar fisherman with vital information when making the trek to More…