Waynedale Outdoors Guide

Enjoy outdoors activities like gardening, camping, hiking and more? This section is for you! These articles contain the latest local outdoors news and entertainment from around the Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana area.

The coming of spring marks a surge in walleye fishing opportunities in river tailwaters below major dams throughout northern Indiana.

River walleyes began to migrate upstream mid-March in search of spawning habitat. Where blocked by dams, they congregate in large numbers.

"Avid walleye anglers have fished these areas for years," DNR fisheries biologist Neil Ledet said. "We want to encourage other fishermen to give it try."

Hot tailwater locations include the Tippecanoe River below the...

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Heavy rainfall forecasted for parts of the state, combined with continued snowmelt could cause or increase existing flooding in rivers, creeks, streams and low-lying areas. Some rivers and streams are already at or near flood stage and water may continue to rise.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to be cautious around flood water and take any watches and warnings seriously.

Flooding conditions can develop very quickly, especially in areas with poor drainage...

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Residents can add color to their yard while improving drainage and the quality of water runoff into our rivers by attending a Rain Garden Workshop sponsored by City Utilities.

Three, free, workshops are offered during the month of April where residents will learn how to plant a rain garden and receive detailed guidance on how the gardens can soak up water on their property.

A rain garden is a landscaped area that holds rain water runoff for a few hours to a few days. Rain gardens are planted...

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Get a jump on the growing season by starting your favorite or hard to find plants indoors from seeds. Starting hard to find plants, like many of the heirloom or newly introduced varieties, from seed may be the only way you will be able to add these to your garden. Plus, you'll be extending the growing season and bringing the fun of gardening indoors.

All you need is a little space, a few supplies and of course seeds to get started. Check the back of your seed packets for planting directions...

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Normally I would say that all of this warm weather has us itching for a great spring but then I think, "What warm weather!?" We have hardly even experienced more than two days in a row of spring-like weather. As I recall, April is the month for spring and early garden plantings such as onions, potatoes, lettuce, carrots, beets, etc. as well as beautiful blooming pansies and violas. The spring bulbs should be showing off their reds, pinks, yellows and blues but I barely see much growth.

Is this...

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Boobies are birds. Boobies are also people who are not considered very smart, who are dunces, fools. The two are related, by name at least. The word booby is from the Spanish word, bobo, which means fool. From Spanish to English a name for a person who acted like a fool became booby.

Boobies, the feathered ones, are goose-sized birds with heavy stream-lined bodies, long pointed wings with a span of approximately five feet, long wedge-shaped tails, straight sharp bills and webbed feet. They are...

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