Fishermen rarely give up their secrets, and Noble County fishermen are no different. With 117 natural, glacier-carved lakes, though, there’s plenty of room for everyone. Free, publicly-accessible lakes are scattered throughout the County and the Lake List available through the Visitors Bureau will give you information about each location and what kind of fish you will find in those lakes. Watch for the brown “Public Access Site” signs along the road and feel free to launch your boat, or fish from the shoreline. Check with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources or any of our local bait shops to be sure you are in compliance with licenses and fishing regulations. You can also request a copy of the DNR Recreation & Fishing Guide by contacting the Noble County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 877-202-5761.
While fishing is a year-round sport in Noble County, we save our annual “Kid’s Day Bass Fishing Tournament” for June. With the focus being one-on-one quality time, tournament rules require 1 child and 1 adult per boat; 50 boat maximum. Only the child may fish, but the adult may coach. For more information or to register for the JUNE 20, 2010 event, contact Jason Brinkman at 260-242-1656.
As a rural county, Noble attracts both wildlife and hunters. While public lands for hunting are limited, Noble County currently has an excellent outfitter offering whitetail deer, game birds and waterfowl, and fishing tours. Contact Red Oak Outfitters in Albion, IN for more information or to book your hunt. They can be reached at 260-636-2558 or by clicking on the link above.
Hunting Areas In Noble County
The Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area straddles the Noble and Kosciusko County lines on the west side of Noble County. Designated as a Public Hunting Area by the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources, hunters are strongly encouraged to contact the facility at 574-834-4461 for the latest information on licenses and regulations, as well as season dates.
Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area was established in 1951. By 1953, formal management of the property was underway. In 1963, a dam was constructed at the outlet of six natural lakes, creating Flatbelly Marsh. This wetland is an important area for migratory waterfowl, furbearers, shorebirds and fish. Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area are derived from the sale of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. Funds are also received from the federal Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson programs to aid fish and wildlife restoration. These funds are derived from taxes levied on sport hunting and fishing equipment. Indiana hunters and fishermen are proud to provide this property for the enjoyment of all people.