Last summer, we took our boys fishing for the first time. They seemed to be kind of bored with it...until my youngest reeled in a catfish.

After that, (pardon the pun) they were hooked. Grabbing our poles and a bucket of worms and heading down to the water has become one of our favorite summer activities.

Hendricks County is a great destination for fishermen (and women) because of its close proximity to great fishing areas like Eagle Creek Reservoir and spots along the White River. However, there are also some fun places to take the family fishing within Hendricks County. These locations work especially well for families with young children.

Big Walnut Creek - McCloud Nature Park

Big Walnut Creek inside McCloud Nature Park near North Salem is a gorgeous spot to enjoy a day of fishing. You can fish and wade in the creek, enjoy a picnic lunch and spend some time exploring the Nature Center.

This is a great spot to introduce your young children to fishing. Anglers ages 10 and older can take advantage of the upcoming fly-fishing and fly-tying workshop on June 13. 

Sodalis Pond - Sodalis Nature Park

Sodalis Nature Park pond, Plainfield, Indiana

Sodalis Pond is a 5.5-acre pond located within Plainfield's Sodalis Park. One of the best features of this pond is that it has a handicap-accessible pier, making a day of fishing possible for all fishermen.

If family fishing is your thing, bring the kids on June 6 for the Kids' FREE Fishing Derby. Youngsters can learn the ins and outs of fishing and win a variety of prizes.  

Hummel Park

In addition to all the other amenities Hummel Park offers, you can also fish there! Local fishermen say the pond at Hummel Park in Plainfield is a great spot to catch catfish, bass and bluegill.

Washington Township Park 

Washington Township Park in Avon has not one, but two half-acre ponds, both stocked by the Department of Natural Resources. This park has hosted Family Learn to Fish activities in the past and is another great spot for fishing with young kids.

It's the perfect time to take your family fishing; the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has made June 6 and 7free fishing weekend, so you can fish without a license. Keep in mind that outside of these days, anglers over the age of 17 are required to have a fishing license. You can determine what type of license you need on the Indiana DNR website.  

Hopefully your day of fishing will lead to some big fish and big stories to tell!