3 Rivers (New Fishing Area)

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Three Rivers Public Fishing Area now open Anglers will have better and safer access to the West Fork of the White River in Morgan County thanks to a new public fishing area that opened in December. Three Rivers Public Fishing Area is about four miles north of Martinsville on State Road 67, north of the intersection with State Road 39. The 39-acre property on the west bank of the river offers more than a half-mile of shoreline access in an area with excellent catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and white bass fishing.

Three Rivers Public fishing area…..

White River, West Fork – Martinsville, Indiana

 The West Fork of the White rises as an insignificant creek near the Ohio border in central Indiana and winds gently westward. By the time it passes Muncie, however, it is a substantial river. Near the center of the state it abruptly turns south as it builds from the strength of hundreds of creeks and streams. One of those, Fall Creek, marks the chosen site for the state capital. Indianapolis now overshadows the confluence with the landmarks of urbanization.

Further south the scenery changes to a broad, more open valley, but soon the river passes through hill country as it travels into Martinsville. The valley opens once more as the river continues its southwestern flow through Indiana’s southern coal fields and sandy farmland. The West and East Forks finally combine to form the boundary between three counties as the White River flows another fifty miles to feed the Wabash.

The banks of the West Fork are lined with woods of varying depth and include species such as maples, oaks, sycamore, river birch, cottonwood and others. As the season permits one may see Canada geese, cranes, ducks, deer, muskrat, fox and herons in addition to the usual numbers of squirrels, turtles, groundhogs and other common animals. Fishing in the stream varies from section to section with possibilities for largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, perch, crappie and Walleye.

About Fish and Wildlife Management in Indiana 

Fish and wildlife management and public access are funded by fishing and hunting license revenue and also through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. These programs collect excise taxes on sporting arms and ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment, and motor boat fuels. The money is distributed among state fish and wildlife agencies based on land size and the number of licensed anglers and hunters in each state. Find out more information about fish and wildlife management in Indiana

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