Elkhart Family Fish Fest provided

The Elkhart Family Fish Fest returns this weekend. The event is free, and neither a fishing license nor a rod are required to participate.

ELKHART — You don’t need to travel far to catch big fish. That’s a lesson that Elkhart’s two-day Family Fish Fest hopes to teach anglers young and old this weekend, when anyone – with or without a license – is permitted to get a line in Indiana waters.

The 2021 Family Fish Fest, which includes a catch-and-release fishing competition, minnow races, vendors and displays, begins Saturday with registration at NIBCO Water & Ice Park from 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. After registering, anglers can set up shop at any of 12 locations in the city and use an app to send in the length of the fish they catch.

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