May 2016 Monthly Meeting at Brehon Pub
Steve Mack will discuss his chapters work on the Little Elkhart River, a charming trout stream just over an hour from Chicago.
LECTU 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.