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Indiana Mushroom Hunting Contest

 

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Hunt for the Big Indiana Morel Mushroom Contest. 

 

      Beginning April 1,  2014 Indiana Fishing & Hot Spots at 

 

http://indianainfo.net  along with the Indiana Fishing  

 

http://indianafishing.co website will 

be hosting a mushroom hunting contest.

 

 The contest will be open to all Indiana residents 18  and older.

 

  The object of the contest is to find the biggest Morel Mushroom

 anywhere in Indiana. You don't even have to 

 pick it if  you don't want to. Here's how it works.

 

1. Take a photo of the morel mushroom with a tape measure or ruler

 beside it. 

Not behind it. Mushroom and ruler must be easy to see in the photo.

 

No blurry images or pictures from last year will be accepted. 

Gray's, blacks, and the yellow sponge mushrooms will be accepted.

 

3.  The contest, or sweepstakes is open to all Indiana residents currently

living in the Hoosier state over 18 years old. The contest is free to enter,

 but you must first find a morel mushroom to be eligible for prizes.

 

4.  All photo's must be of mushrooms found in Indiana

5.  The contest will end on May 31, 2014. Photo's can be submitted up until then. 

6.  Photo's can be posted in our message forums at:

 http://www.indianainfo.net/indianafishing/index.php?board=35.0  

 

Photo's can also be mailed to me at:

 

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or US Postal Mail at:

 

 Indiana Fishing & Hot  Spots        19 Pleasant Drive 

   Martinsville, Indiana     46151 

 

 We will go through all of the entries at that time to determine a winner. 

 Any tie's or disputes and myself and staff will decide. 

We will also be giving out a Booby prize for the smallest mushroom found. 

We also have lot's of mushrooms found in between the big one, and the

 smallest one, so we will have a prize for that also for best photo. 

 I'll be getting a prize list together in the next few days.  

 

 Any questions you can email me at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Again, this contest is open, and free, to all

 Indiana residents  

 

Good luck have fun !  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indiana Fishing Regulations

 

 for 2014-2015

 

                           Indiana Fishing Reports

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
              NO NEW REPORTS APRIL 24, 2014

This page was last updated on APR 23 2014 02:40 P.M.

Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon Lake)

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Description:

Blue catfish

Description:
Like other catfish, the blue catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the blue taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The blue catfish has 30-35 anal fin rays, its anal fin margin is straight and the caudal fin is deeply forked.

Bait: Worms 
Depth: Bottom

Comments about fish:

Worms seem to be the most productive bait here at Cecil M. Harden Lake. The South end of the beach, off of the South point is one of the more productive areas in the lake for catfishes. If success is limited you may try an alterative bait such as a commerical blood bait, or some tainted chicken livers.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: Various Crank Baits
Depth: Varies

Comments about fish:

Often called on of the finest fresh-water game fish of Indiana. The largemouth Bass often feeds upon crayfish and other smaller fish. Spawning season is just around the corner.

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: Jiggs or bee moths
Depth: Shallow Water

Comments about fish:

Also know as the "Shellcracker" grows to a length of about 7" in Cecil M. Harden Lake. This fish is a transplant from the Mississippi basin from Illinois south, and is most abundant in the south where it grows to near 10 inches.

Striped bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The striped bass has tooth patches on back of tongue in two parallel patches, first stripe below lateral line complete to tail, stripes above lateral line are unbroken.

Bait: Various Crank Baits
Depth: Below 15'

Comments about fish:

Striped bass were introduced to Cecil M. Harden Lake in 1995 as a means to control a exploding Gizzard Shad population. Striped bass seem to be one of the more popular sporting fishes as they will fight aggressively to get off of an angler's line. As the summer temperatures sky rocket the Striped bass will typically seek out the deeper, cooler waters. Fishing Hint: try fishing straight out off of points into deep channels. Raccoon has the Indiana State record for Striped Bass @ 39.08 lbs (caught in 2010).

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: Various Crank Baits
Depth: Varies

Comments about fish:

Walleye is not commonly fished for at Cecil M. Harden Lake. Although Walleye are no longer stocked at the lake, biologist netted walleye that have naturally reproduced.

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: Jiggs or minnows
Depth: Varies

Comments about fish:

White bass are often over looked at Cecil M. Harden as a sporting opportunity. In the spring and fall of each year White bass can be found in the upper Big Raccoon Creek entering the lake at Portland Mills. White bass will also school with the crappie throughout the entire lake.

 

Comments about body of water:

Current lake level is 62.18(summer pool). All BOAT RAMPS ARE NOW OPEN.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 23 2014 05:40 A.M.

Monroe Reservoir

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Description:
Lake Monroe is a 10,750 acre flood control reservoir located in Brown and Monroe counties southeast of Bloomington. It is the largest lake in the state with recreational activities such as boating and fishing. Fishing consists primarily of largemouth bass and panfish, such as bluegill and yellow perch. Other angling opportunities include white crappie, hybrid striped bass and yellow perch, as well as channel and flathead catfish. Lake Monroe has also become one of the best walleye fisheries in Indiana.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: n/a
Depth: n/a

Comments about fish:

No report

Hybrid striped bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The hybrid striped bass has two tooth patches and the back of the tongue are joined. The first stripe below the lateral line complete to the tail and the stripes above the lateral line are usually broken.

Bait: n/a
Depth: n/a

Comments about fish:

no report

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: N/A
Depth: N/A

Comments about fish:

No Reports

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: n/a
Depth: n/a

Comments about fish:

No Reports.

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: minnows and jigs
Depth: n/a

Comments about fish:

With water going down look for structure along sumerged original shoreline.

 

Comments about body of water:

All Ramps are open. Pool elevation is 6.5 feet up and going down about 4in. per day. water temp. is @56. Those wishing to report specifics about their fishing experience and help keep Fishing Reports current may do so by calling the Lake Monroe Office at (812) 837-9546.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 23 2014 07:02 A.M.

Willow Slough FWA lakes and ponds

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Description:
Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 9,956 acres, which includes 1,800 acres of open water, marshes and flooded crop land. In addition to fishing at J.C. Murphey Lake and numerous ponds, the property also offers hunting, wildlife watching, camping, wetland trapping, and dog training areas. Wild blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, walnuts and spring and fall mushroom gathering is available.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: jigs/small spinners/ live bait
Depth: 2 to 5 feet

Comments about fish:

Anglers are reporting catching only a few crappie here and there. Jigs, spinners, and live bait are often used. Crappie are often found in open water structure and around open water vegetation.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: beemoths, crickets, worms
Depth: N/A

Comments about fish:

Bluegill fishing has been picking up some since the ice disappeared. Not many limits being taken. Most anglers favor early morning or late evening. More anglers are fishing the standing vegitation structure and open water.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: variety of lures
Depth: N/A

Comments about fish:

Bass fishing has been good. Most bass fisherman are reporting catching a lot of bass. Many bass being caught are in the 13 - 17 inch size class, under the legal size limit of 18".

 

Comments about body of water:

JC Murphey Lake is now open for boat fishing. A few anglers are now starting to catch blue gills and a few crappie. The lake level is now at normal pool. The surface water temperature is 58°currently. No sign of extensive fish kill is evident after our long winter season. DISPOSE OF ANY UNUSED LIVE BAIT ON THE BANK, NOT IN THE WATER.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 22 2014 03:35 P.M.

Summit Lake

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Description:
Located in Summit Lake State Park, Summit Lake is approximately four miles north of New Castle. Bluegill, perch and largemouth bass provide the best angling opportunities at Summit Lake. Other opportunities also exist for perch, bluegill, crappie, redear and channel catfish.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: small jigs or minnows
Depth: 3-10 feet

Comments about fish:

Crappie can be caught in the shallows in the early spring. Look for the warmest water, usually in the back of the bays especially around limbs and trees in the water.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: maggots, wax worms
Depth: 3-10 feet

Comments about fish:

Bluegill are being caught in the bays in shallow water.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: live bait as well as slowly fished bass lures
Depth: 5-20 feet

Comments about fish:

Catfish are more active in the late spring and summer when the water warms above 65F.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: jigging minnows and spoons
Depth: 5-20 feet

Comments about fish:

Bass fishermen have been targeting bass back in the bays. Some good catches have been reported.

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: maggots, wax worms
Depth: 4-20

Comments about fish:

The population is low.

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: Jigs with plastic tails, minnows, nightcrawlers
Depth: 6-30 feet

Comments about fish:

Walleye tend to feed more in low-light conditions.

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: small light colored jigs and in-line spinners
Depth: 5-20 feet

Comments about fish:

There are big schools that average 10-12 inches with some reaching 15 inches.

Yellow perch

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The yellow perch ranges from 6 to 12 inches long and up to one or two pounds.

Bait: small jigs and live bait
Depth: 5-30

Comments about fish:

Perch are active in early spring and can be fairly shallow

 

Comments about body of water:

Fishing has picked up with the spring rains and warmer weather. The office is open daily from 8-4: 765-766-5873. 2014 park passes and boat launch permits can be purchases at the park office and make great gifts. Water has been turned on in Campground A. Camp reservations: www.camp.in.gov or 866-622-6746.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 22 2014 02:09 P.M.

Chain O'Lakes State Park lakes

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Description:
Eight connecting lakes are the center of adventures at Chain O' Lakes in Noble County. Activities include a boating launch ramp, cabins, camping with reservations as well as a canoe camp and camp store, cross country skiing, cultural arts programs and a dumping station. Fishing, hiking, an interpretive center and seasonal interpretive services, picnicking, canoe, paddleboat and rowboat rental, reservable shelters, a swimming beach and youth tent areas are also available.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: leaf worms
Depth: 3-5 feet

Comments about fish:

Best crappie fishing is at night.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: redworms, crickets
Depth: 7-11 inches

Comments about fish:

N/A

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: hot dogs, blood bait
Depth: deep

Comments about fish:

N/A

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: crawlers, jigs, plow jockeys, floating rapalas and other artificial bait
Depth: 8 feet

Comments about fish:

Fish close to dead logs for best bass fishing areas.

Rainbow or steelhead trout

Description:
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. Rainbow or steelhead trout have a white mouth, teeth and gums and small black spots on their backs, sides, and caudal and dorsal fins. The caudal fin margin of the rainbow or steelhead trout is square and the fish has 9-12 anal fin rays.

Bait: Minnows
Depth: 5 - 20 feet deep

Comments about fish:

Fish deeper during daylight hours.

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: crawlers, red worms
Depth: 3-5 feet

Comments about fish:

Fish deeper when encountering deeper lake depth.

 

Comments about body of water:

SPRING FISHING HAS BEGUN! We want to hear your fish story! Find us on Facebook and Please post your fishing photos! https://www.facebook.com/chainolakessp?ref=hl

 


 

                  No new reports April 18, 19, 20, 21,  2014

This page was last updated on APR 17 2014 03:49 P.M.

St. Joseph River

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Description:
The St. Joe River and its tributaries drain approximately 2,600 square miles in southwestern Michigan and 1,685 square miles in northern Indiana. Located primarily in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties, the river is home to thirty-six species of fish, as of a 1989 DNR survey.Angling opportunities are available for a number of sport fish including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, rock bass, walleye and bluegill. The lower 13 miles of the river from the state line upstream to the Twin Branch Dam also provides steelhead and salmon fishing.

Rainbow or steelhead trout

Description:
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. Rainbow or steelhead trout have a white mouth, teeth and gums and small black spots on their backs, sides, and caudal and dorsal fins. The caudal fin margin of the rainbow or steelhead trout is square and the fish has 9-12 anal fin rays.

Bait: spawn, night crawlers, flys
Depth: At the dams, or shallow gravel flats

Comments about fish:

The steelhead continue to move into Indiana waters of the St. Joe River. As of April 16th, 6,224 spring steelhead have been counted moving past the South Bend Fish Ladder. Combined with the steelhead that moved into the river last fall, the total steelhead count is up to 13,592 fish. The South Bend fish ladder is passing an average of 323 fish per day. Fishing has been good and the spawn is just getting ready to begin. The combined fall and spring steelhead count is the second largest migration since 1999 when 19,655 steelhead were counted moving past South Bend. So get in on some of this steelhead action anglers because, it doesn't get much better that this!

 

Comments about body of water:

River water levels are still dropping and are almost ideal for spring spawning. The river is fishable by both boat and shore fishermen. River water temperature is 50 degrees. The fishing hotline will now be updated weekly until the spring steelhead migration is over. Thank you for your interest in the St. Joe River Trout and Salmon program.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 17 2014 02:32 P.M.

Lake Michigan

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Description:
N/A

Coho salmon

Description:
Members of the pacific salmon family, the chinook or king salmon and the coho salmon can be found in Lake Michigan and its tributaries in northern Indiana. Pacific salmons do not feed during spawning, but will strike a lure during their runs. Cohos will spawn in the fall in their third year of life and die, while chinooks will spawn in the fall, winter or spring in the fifth year of life, allowing them to grow larger. The teeth of the coho salmon are set in light color gums. The coho salmon has black spots on the upper lobe of a slightly forked caudal fin with 12-15 anal fin rays.

Bait: Bodybaits, Dodger & Fly (D/F) combos
Depth: Shallow: Top 14' of water column

Comments about fish:

Very little fishing activity has taken place this past week as strong winds have made the southern end of LM dangerous for boat anglers. EC Marina: Reported limits of coho caught along the Wall in water depths ranging from 28-34 FOW & over at Gary’s Light. Top producing lures include bodybaits & D/F combos fished within the top 14' of the water column. Portage boat anglers have done well just outside the “ditch” & over to the Port of IN in water depths up to 38 FOW. Again, bodybaits fished 8-12' down proved successful. Finally, MC boat anglers were catching limits outside the mouth in water depths ranging from 28-50 FOW. Cohos have been taken on bodybaits & D/F combos fished 10-15' down.

Rainbow or steelhead trout

Description:
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. Rainbow or steelhead trout have a white mouth, teeth and gums and small black spots on their backs, sides, and caudal and dorsal fins. The caudal fin margin of the rainbow or steelhead trout is square and the fish has 9-12 anal fin rays.

Bait: Spawn sacs, small pieces of shrimp, microjigs tipped with a waxworm or two
Depth: Deepest & slowest holes

Comments about fish:

Anglers fishing Indiana’s tribs to LM are reporting decent action for STT. Best action is occurring in the middle/upper reaches of both Trail & Salt Creek’s. Continue to drift spawn bags, small pieces of shrimp or microjigs tipped with a waxworm or two through the deepest holes & runs. As days start to warm up, try the shallower, tailouts of pools as they warm up quicker than the deeper holes.

Yellow perch

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The yellow perch ranges from 6 to 12 inches long and up to one or two pounds.

Bait: Minnows
Depth: Up to 47 FOW

Comments about fish:

Over the past weekend, boat anglers were catching jumbo sized YP near Gary’s Light in water depths to 47 FOW. Minnows fished near the bottom proved successful.

 

Comments about body of water:

As of 4/17/14, water temp in the harbor of MC was 45° F with visibilities > 18". Trail Cr was 48° F with good visibility. Just a reminder to all anglers that a portion of Trail Cr & the E Br Little Cal will be closed to fishing from April 1-June 15. The closed season applies to: The E Br Little Cal in Porter Co from US 12 upstream to US 20 & Trail Cr in LaPorte Co from the Franklin Street Bridge upstream to US 35. Personnel with Mixsawbah SFH recently completed stockings of rainbow trout. Trail Cr received a total of 61,186 while the E Br was stocked with 61,222 smolts. They averaged 7.2" in length. Personnel with Bodine SFH recently completed brown trout stockings in Trail Cr at the Trail Cr Marina. On April 8th, 48,302 browns averaging 3.1" were stocked.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 17 2014 10:18 A.M.

Greene-Sullivan State Forest lakes

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Description:
Greene-Sullivan State Forest is composed of 8,000 acres of reclaimed surface mined land that includes the planting of several different species of trees that are managed for wildlife and timber production. The forest has more than 100 fishing lakes which have produced some record catches. Facilities include an archery range, boat launch ramp, camping, horseman's camp, dumping station, fishing and hunting, picnicking, trails and hiking.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: bee moths, small jigs, crickets
Depth: 1-12 ft.

Comments about fish:

Bluegill fishing is dependent upon the weather fronts. Lighter tackle will have the best results. Using light lines seems to work best. Hearing good reports of bulegill fishing at Wampler Lake this past week, using bee moths and night crawlers.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: nightcrawlers, stink bait, livers
Depth: lake bottom 6-11ft.

Comments about fish:

Try Wampler, Graveyard, West, Reservoir 26, and Bass lakes.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: rubber worms, Slug-go, crank baits, and spinner baits
Depth: 3-12 feet

Comments about fish:

Best times to catch bass are mornings and evenings. Reports of catching some nice bass, using top of water baits.

Muskellunge

Description:
Members of the Pike family, the muskellunge, tiger muskellunge and northern pike have established themselves as remarkable adversaries through the years. The muskie, native to Indiana, is now usually found in stocked bodies of water. The northern pike, a voracious eater and popular among anglers, can be found in northern Indiana in natural lakes and streams. The muskie has three distinct color patterns, including green to silver "clear" sides, dark spots or dark vertical bars, six or more sensory pores on each side and scales covering only the top half of both cheeks. The muskie can weigh 10-20 pounds, but can reach weights over 30 pounds and lengths up to four feet long. Lures up to 12 inches are designed to resemble medium-sized fish and even small ducks.

Bait: minnow imitation crankbaits
Depth: deep to bottom

Comments about fish:

Please let us know if you catch any muskie! We'd love to hear about it! Report of 45 inch muskie was caught and released recently at bass lake, possible "Fish of the Year" in spring 2011. Hydroacoustic map for Bass lake, http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-Bass_Lake_

Dugger_Unit_Bathymetry_Sullivan_County_c_March_2012.pdf

Rainbow or steelhead trout

Description:
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. Rainbow or steelhead trout have a white mouth, teeth and gums and small black spots on their backs, sides, and caudal and dorsal fins. The caudal fin margin of the rainbow or steelhead trout is square and the fish has 9-12 anal fin rays.

Bait: Artificial lures, power bait
Depth: 15 - 40 ft

Comments about fish:

Airline Lake is closed from March 15th through March 31st. Reopens for fishing on April 1st. Fish deep for best results.

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: minnows, small jigs
Depth: 3 - 12 ft

Comments about fish:

Crappie can be found around submerged structures. Reservior #26 has good reports for Crappie fishing this past few weeks.

 

Comments about body of water:

Water has been turned back on in all campgrounds. Fish cleaning station is OPEN. WELCOME SPRING 2014 Permits are available. Prices are: Annual Entrance Permit $40, Annual Non-Residence Entrance Permit $60.00, Golden Hoosier Annual Entrance Permit $20.00, Annual Horse Tag $20.00, Motorized Lake Permit $22.00, Non-Motorized Lake Permit $5.00. Please continue to help us keep the lakes clean of litter! Effective January 1, 2013 year round camp ground fees will be: Family Camp Grounds $10.70; Horse Campground $13.91, these prices include sales tax. Our office now accepts VISA, MASTERCARD, AND DISCOVER.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 17 2014 12:20 P.M.

Cagles Mill Lake, Cataract Lake

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Description:
A 1,400-acre flood-control reservoir located in Putnam and Owen counties off I-70, Cagles Mill Lake is a popular spot for walleye fishing. Halfway between Terre Haute and Indianapolis, this reservoir charges a small fee, but outboard motors are permitted.

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: night crawlers, large minnows
Depth: off bottom

Comments about fish:

few reports catching walleye in deep water and off the bottom. legal size and above. anglers are catching walleyes while fishing for crappies with large minnows

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: minnows/jigs
Depth: 8-10ft

Comments about fish:

Crappie. Depths vary, mostly jigs being used and minnows.Only small crappies have been reported. Small minnows seem to attract both large and small crappie. Bright colored jigs seem to be the color of choice and slow movement of jigs

 

Comments about body of water:

Lake level 656.9 lake very muddy. Cunot and main ramp closed due to high water.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 04:09 P.M.

Potato Creek State Park

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Description:
Potato Creek is located in north central Indiana about 12 miles southwest of South Bend. The park features a wide array of activities and facilities for year-round enjoyment. A variety of natural habitats await the visitor to this park including the 327-acre Worster Lake, old fields, mature woodlands, restored prairies and diverse wetlands. Each of these offer their own unique opportunities for plant and wildlife observations. Facilities include a general store, cross country skiing, cultural arts programs, a dumping station and fishing . In addition, the property offers hiking, interpretive center and services, picnicking, canoe, paddleboat and rowboat rentals, recreation building rental, reservable shelters, youth tent areas, and a swimming beach.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: redworms & waxworms
Depth: 10'

Comments about fish:

See Worster Lake at Potato Creek for weekly updates.

 

Comments about body of water:

Potato Creek State Park: Worster Lake 327 acre lake. Limited to electric motors only. Two boat launches (east and west) Launches are currently algea covered and slippery. Note launches have been treated to diminish the algea build-up

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 04:10 P.M.

Worster Lake at Potato Creek State Park

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Description:
Potato Creek is located in north central Indiana about 12 miles southwest of South Bend. The park features a wide array of activities and facilities for year-round enjoyment. A variety of natural habitats await the visitor to this park including the 327-acre Worster Lake, old fields, mature woodlands, restored prairies and diverse wetlands. Each of these offer their own unique opportunities for plant and wildlife observations. Facilities include a general store, cross country skiing, cultural arts programs, a dumping station and fishing . In addition, the property offers hiking, interpretive center and services, picnicking, canoe, paddleboat and rowboat rentals, recreation building rental, reservable shelters, youth tent areas, and a swimming beach.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: redworms, crawlers, minnows
Depth: shallow to 15'

Comments about fish:

Catching perch, bluegill and crappie on the East end of the lake. Boat launches are clear. The fish cleaning station is not open yet.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: Waxworms, night crawlers
Depth: 4-5'

Comments about fish:

Congregates around vegetation and sunken trees of shallow backwater bays, lakes and ponds. Spewning occurs when water reaches 67-70 degrees in shallow areas over sand and gravel. Nests in colonies and spawn once every 29 days during spring/summer.

 

Comments about body of water:

Potato Creek State Park: Worster Lake 327 acre lake. Limited to electric motors only. Two boat launches (east and west) Launches get algae covered and slippery. Note: launches are treated as needed to diminish the algae build-up.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 09:51 A.M.

Hardy Lake

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Description:
A 741-acre lake, Hardy Lake is located in Scottsburg in Scott County. Facilities include an archery range, basketball and volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, boating ramps, camping, and cultural arts programs. The reservoir also has hunting and fishing, hiking, interpretive programs, picnicking, rowboat rentals, shelterhouses, a swimming beach and waterskiing.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: Live Minnows
Depth: 10- 15 feet

Comments about fish:

Action picking up at we continue the warming trend.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: Crickets
Depth: Deep 

Comments about fish:

Spawning season is just around the corner. Start looking for bedding in shallows.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: Stink bait & Night Crawlers
Depth: bottom

Comments about fish:

Catfish are being caught at night on the bottom and near shore close to the rocks. As warming continues action will pick up.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: Artificial bait of choice
Depth: Varied

Comments about fish:

Bass spawning is just around the corner.

Muskellunge

Description:
Members of the Pike family, the muskellunge, tiger muskellunge and northern pike have established themselves as remarkable adversaries through the years. The muskie, native to Indiana, is now usually found in stocked bodies of water. The northern pike, a voracious eater and popular among anglers, can be found in northern Indiana in natural lakes and streams. The muskie has three distinct color patterns, including green to silver "clear" sides, dark spots or dark vertical bars, six or more sensory pores on each side and scales covering only the top half of both cheeks. The muskie can weigh 10-20 pounds, but can reach weights over 30 pounds and lengths up to four feet long. Lures up to 12 inches are designed to resemble medium-sized fish and even small ducks.

Bait: Crank Bait
Depth: 10' to 15'

Comments about fish:

Poor but when one is caught it is usually a large fish, well over the minimum size limit of 36 inches.

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: Redworms
Depth: bottom

Comments about fish:

Just like bluegill, spawning season is just around the corner. Begin looking for beds in the shallows but fish the drop-offs near structure.

Striped bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The striped bass has tooth patches on back of tongue in two parallel patches, first stripe below lateral line complete to tail, stripes above lateral line are unbroken.

Bait: Artificial Bait or Large Minnows
Depth: Trolling

Comments about fish:

Activity is steady with small ones being caught.

 

Comments about body of water:


 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 02:02 P.M.

Summit Lake

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Description:
Located in Summit Lake State Park, Summit Lake is approximately four miles north of New Castle. Bluegill, perch and largemouth bass provide the best angling opportunities at Summit Lake. Other opportunities also exist for perch, bluegill, crappie, redear and channel catfish.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: small jigs or minnows
Depth: 3-10 feet

Comments about fish:

Crappie can be caught in the shallows in the early spring. Look for the warmest water, usually in the back of the bays especially around limbs and trees in the water.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: maggots, wax worms
Depth: 3-10 feet

Comments about fish:

Bluegill will be in the shallows in early spring.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: live bait as well as slowly fished bass lures
Depth: 5-20 feet

Comments about fish:

Catfish are more active in the late spring and summer when the water warms above 65F.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: jigging minnows and spoons
Depth: 5-20 feet

Comments about fish:

Bass fishermen have been targeting bass back in the bays. Some good catches have been reported.

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: maggots, wax worms
Depth: 4-20

Comments about fish:

The population is low.

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: Jigs with plastic tails, minnows, nightcrawlers
Depth: 6-30 feet

Comments about fish:

Walleye tend to feed more in low-light conditions.

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: small light colored jigs and in-line spinners
Depth: 5-20 feet

Comments about fish:

There are big schools that average 10-12 inches.

Yellow perch

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The yellow perch ranges from 6 to 12 inches long and up to one or two pounds.

Bait: small jigs and live bait
Depth: 5-30

Comments about fish:

Perch are active in early spring and can be fairly shallow

 

Comments about body of water:

Fishing has picked up with the spring rains and warmer weather. The office is open daily from 8-4: 765-766-5873. 2014 park passes and boat launch permits can be purchases at the park office and make great gifts. Water has been turned on in Campground A. Camp reservations: www.camp.in.gov or 866-622-6746. There will be and Easter egg hunt Saturday, 4-19-14. Call for details.

 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 09:45 A.M.

Roush Lake

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Description:
Roush Lake is a 870-acre Lake located in Huntington, Ind. The reservoir has many facilities including an archery range, basketball courts, volleyball courts, mountain bike trails, boating ramps, camping, cultural arts programs, fishing, hunting and hiking.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: Minnows / Cut-Bait
Depth: 5 - 10 ft

Comments about fish:

Some body needs to update this fishing report!

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: Spinners
Depth: Surface to 10 feet.

Comments about fish:

Some body needs to update this fishing report!

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: Minnows
Depth: 10 ft

Comments about fish:

Some body needs to update this fishing report!

 

Comments about body of water:

As of today the lake level has been fluctuating due to heavy spring rains so the water is stained and still going down. Once the water level stabilizes crappie should be biting in the main lake. Bluegill and redear should be biting in the impoundments as the water begins to warm. Walleye should be moving up the river below the dam and can sometimes be caught using curly tail grubs of various colors or live bait. During years with normal precipitation the main lake should be at summer pool by May 15. Before that time it may be difficult to launch boats at our main ramp.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 16 2014 09:48 A.M.

Mississinewa Lake

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Description:
Located in Miami, Wabash and Grant counties, Mississinewa Lake is a 3,210-acre ake with fishing, boating, ramps, waterskiing, fishing piers and cleaning stations, and a swimming beach. The facilities also has a basketball and volleyball court, camping with reservations, a cultural arts program, dumping station, frisbee golf course, hiking, hunting, interpretive programs, picnicking, shelterhouses, playgrounds and a radio-control flying field.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: minnow and jigs
Depth: varies

Comments about fish:

Fishing fair at this time. small population.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: worms and bee moths
Depth: varies

Comments about fish:

Fish around exposed wood and next to rocky ledges. Fishing fair.

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: spinner baits/suspended crank baits
Depth: Varies

Comments about fish:

Fishing fair. Reports of large populations of bass in lake.

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: minnows, shad imitations
Depth: varies

Comments about fish:

best late evening and night in lake.

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: jigs and small spinners / minnows
Depth: varies

Comments about fish:

In lake points and breaks. River best after water clears. Most stripers are caught by trolling edges. Fishing fair at this time.

 

Comments about body of water:

CALL OFFICE FOR LAKE CONDITIONS!!! "IMPORTANT NEW INFO":Motorized Lake Permit stickers now $22.00 / permit. Call 765-473-6528 for additional information on lake conditions.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 15 2014 02:57 P.M.

Brookville Reservoir

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Description:
Brookville Reservoir is a 5,260 acre flood control impoundment on the East Fork of the Whitewater River in eastern Indiana. Fishing opportunities are available for walleye and muskie.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: bee larvae, crickets
Depth: 5- 20 feet

Comments about fish:

in coves around stick-ups,

Brown trout

Description:
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. The brown trout has a white mouth, teeth and gums and some orange or red spots on its sides. This trout also has some spots enriched with light blue and a caudal fin margin that is square with no spots on the upper or lower lobe.

Bait: flys, worms, salmon eggs
Depth: 1-5

Comments about fish:

3000 8-9 inch brown trout were stocked in the tailwater on 5/24/12

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: nightcrawlers, chicken liver
Depth: 4-20 feet

Comments about fish:

best at night, catching them almost everywhere

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: crankbaits
Depth: 5- 20 feet

Comments about fish:

along shoreline, and on deep points

Muskellunge

Description:
Members of the Pike family, the muskellunge, tiger muskellunge and northern pike have established themselves as remarkable adversaries through the years. The muskie, native to Indiana, is now usually found in stocked bodies of water. The northern pike, a voracious eater and popular among anglers, can be found in northern Indiana in natural lakes and streams. The muskie has three distinct color patterns, including green to silver "clear" sides, dark spots or dark vertical bars, six or more sensory pores on each side and scales covering only the top half of both cheeks. The muskie can weigh 10-20 pounds, but can reach weights over 30 pounds and lengths up to four feet long. Lures up to 12 inches are designed to resemble medium-sized fish and even small ducks.

Bait: large spoons, large crankbaits, live shad
Depth: shallow in spring, deeper during summer

Comments about fish:

a 42 inch musky was caught in Templeton Creek in July

Rainbow or steelhead trout

Description:
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. Rainbow or steelhead trout have a white mouth, teeth and gums and small black spots on their backs, sides, and caudal and dorsal fins. The caudal fin margin of the rainbow or steelhead trout is square and the fish has 9-12 anal fin rays.

Bait: flys, worms, salmon eggs
Depth: 1-5

Comments about fish:

1,500 10.8 inch average size rainbow trout were stocked in the tailwater the week before the last Saturday in April

Smallmouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The last rays on the dorsal fin of the smallmouth bass are separated from the rest of the fin. Also, the upper jaw does not extend beyond back of eye, as it does with the largemouth bass. The smallmouth bass commonly reaches 3-4 pounds.

Bait: nightcrawlers, soft craws
Depth: 10- 20

Comments about fish:

on rocky points and drop offs at coves

Striped bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The striped bass has tooth patches on back of tongue in two parallel patches, first stripe below lateral line complete to tail, stripes above lateral line are unbroken.

Bait: bluegill or shad still fishing or trolling large doll flys
Depth: 20 feet still fishing or 10 - 20 feet trolling

Comments about fish:

trolling shad-like crankbaits some reports of large striped bass being taken

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: night crawlers drifting on the bottom
Depth: 6 - 45 feet

Comments about fish:

catching them off of points with steep drop offs stocked fingerling walleye on 5/23/12

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: white twister tails
Depth: 5 to 20 feet 

Comments about fish:

Catching white bass at the Fairfield Flat Area Report of two guys catching over 100 in a three hour period

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: minnows or jigs
Depth: 5 to 20 feet

Comments about fish:

white crappie are around stick-ups in coves and along shore

 

Comments about body of water:

The lake level today is 747.7. Water temperature still remains very cold 43F. Fisheries survey said that the most numerous fish in the lake is the channel catfish , second most is bluegill.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 15 2014 03:05 P.M.

Whitewater Memorial State Park lakes

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Description:
Located in Union County, Whitewater Memorial State Park has two lakes including Whitewater Lake and nearby Brookville Lake. Facilities include a boat launch ramp, motor boats (electric trolling only) camping with reservations, horseman's camp, cultural arts programs, a dumping station, fishing, hiking, seasonal interpretive services, picnicking, canoe, paddleboat and rowboat rentals, reservable shelters, youth tent areas and a swimming beach.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: minnows, jigs
Depth: 5 - 12 feet

Comments about fish:

around stumps and down trees

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: red worms, bee larvae, crickets
Depth: 2 - 20 feet

Comments about fish:

use crickets or bee larvae

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: spinner baits, crankbaits
Depth: 2 - 15 feet

Comments about fish:

practice catch and release to help the fishery

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: red worms
Depth: 2 - 12 feet

Comments about fish:

Like shallow mud bottom

 

Comments about body of water:

Water temperature still very cold, 44F Lake clear

 

This page was last updated on APR 14 2014 01:41 P.M.

Atterbury FWA lakes,

 

 ponds and rivers

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Description:
Atterbury FWA is located near Edinburgh in Johnson and Bartholomew counties. Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 6,206 acres of upland game habitat, marsh, running creeks and shallow impoundments. The area provides opportunities for fishing at Sugar Creek, Stone Arch and Pisgah Lakes and other small ponds. Other opportunities for hunting, wildlife watching, wetland trapping, dog training, areas and blackberries, raspberries, morels and walnut gathering are also available.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: live
Depth: shallow

Comments about fish:

Try red worms on the on the bottom.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: live
Depth: deep

Comments about fish:

No report

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: artificial
Depth: shallow

Comments about fish:

Try jigs worked slow close to the bottom.

Smallmouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The last rays on the dorsal fin of the smallmouth bass are separated from the rest of the fin. Also, the upper jaw does not extend beyond back of eye, as it does with the largemouth bass. The smallmouth bass commonly reaches 3-4 pounds.

Bait: artificial
Depth: shallow

Comments about fish:

Sugar Creeks water level is up, and the water clarity is poor.

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: live/artificial
Depth: deep

Comments about fish:

Try minnows close to woody cover.

 

Comments about body of water:

Coyote Marsh and Honker Haven are open to fishing. They are not part of the Waterfowl Resting Area at this time. Coyote Marsh and Honker Haven will remain open to fishing until the waterfowl resting area signs are put back up by property personel. Teal Marsh, Mallard Marsh, Mink Medow, Possum Puddle, Gopher Hole, and Beaver Bottom are open to fishing. Pisgah Lake and Stone Arch Lake are open to fishing all year long.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 14 2014 12:15 P.M.

Steuben County lakes

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Description:

 


Fish

Comments about body of water:

All the lakes in Steuben County have lost ice. Fishing has been great and I will be updating the fishing page this week.

 


 

This page was last updated on APR 09 2014 11:07 A.M.

Hovey Lake

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Description:
Hovey Lake is an oxbow lake form around 500 years ago by the Ohio River. The lake is located in Hovey Lake FWA, 8.3 miles south of Mt. Vernon on SR 69. Excellent fishing opportunities exist for white crappie and channel catfish. Other species include bluegill, freshwater drum, blue catfish, redear sunfish, sauger, common carp, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, black crappie and white bass.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: minnows, night crawlers
Depth: about 1' off bottom

Comments about fish:

Cut bait or nightcrawlers work well. Don't let the bait lay on bottom. Other catfish species such as large blue and flatheads can be caught.

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: minnows, tube jigs
Depth: 3-6'

Comments about fish:

Fish tend to be scattered, mobilty is key to finding fish. Fisheries surveys are showing the larger crappie are suspending in the open lake away from the timber.

 

Comments about body of water:

The rivers and lake are rapidly rising and the Ohio river is expected to creast later this week at 43 ft and than begin falling over the next couple of weeks. Fishing off the edge of Hwy 69 can prove productive in the fields north of the lake. Fishing generaly poor when water is falling.

 

This page was last updated on APR 09 2014 09:28 A.M.

Salamonie Reservoir

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Description:
Salamonie Reservoir is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) flood control project on the Salamonie River to control flood waters in the Wabash River. During summer months, the reservoir is maintained at about 2,665 acres. A majority of anglers target white crappie on the Salamonie Reservoir. However, anglers will find channel catfish and white bass are quite abundant. The tailwaters downstream of the dam provide excellent walleye fishing, especially during spring. These fish most likely come from the reservoir during fall drawdown.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: Marabou jigs, flies, bee moths, worms
Depth: Shallows near the bank <7 feet

Comments about fish:

Public property ponds on Salamonie Reservoir property provide good fishing opportunity for panfish such as bluegill, redear sunfish, and largemouth bass. Hominy Ridge Lake in the Salamonie River State Forest provides good opportunity for bluegill, redear sunfish, and largemouth bass. Bluegill and largemouth bass can also be caught infrequently in the Salamonie Reservoir. Anglers will need to obtain a motorized or non-motorized lake permit to fish from a boat on the Salamonie public property ponds and Hominy Ridge Lake. Special fishing regulations apply and are posted at sign-in stations throughout the property.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: Frozen chubs, night crawlers, chicken livers, and cut shad
Depth: In reservoir on bottom (10-20 feet), holes in river

Comments about fish:

When the Salamonie Reservoir is at summer pool, good fishing for catfish can be found near the shoreline near the Pirates Cove Marina during summer. During fall draw down, anglers have had success for blue and channel catfish in deeper water off of the Lost Bridge West Campground point. Many anglers walk down the Lost Bridge West Boat Ramp and along the shoreline to their fishing spots. Catfish anglers can also be successful in other coves and fingers of the lake. The Salamonie River upstream of the lake is a good fishery for channel catfish. Anglers are more successful in stretches of the river that are slow and deep.

Walleye

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The walleye has no spots on its dorsal fin and a dusky spot at the rear of its spiny dorsal fin, lower tip of tail and anal fin are white.

Bait: Jigs with night crawler or minnow, shad rap and medium sized spinners.
Depth: Deeper holes in the tailwater

Comments about fish:

Walleye can be caught in the tailwater all year long. Walleye are rarely caught in the Salamonie Reservoir. Walleye fishing is especially good in the tailwater during spring and fall. In the spring, anglers like to fish right downstream of the dam in the deep holes. This area is difficult to fish when the discharge is above 900 CFS due to fast current and high water. There are many snags near the outflow pipe if the water is high. Current tailwater flows can be obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website. The confluence of the Salamonie River and the Wabash river, along with deep holes in the Salamonie River along the Salamonie River State Forest offer good walleye fishing from spring to fall. DNR personnel stock walleye fingerlings into Salamonie Reservoir each year.

White bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The white bass has a single tooth patch on back of tongue, first stripe below lateral line not complete to tail.

Bait: Jigs with minnows (most effective), spinners, twister-tail jigs, and bee moths
Depth: Throughout

Comments about fish:

White bass fishing is sporadic in the lake. Fishing for white bass can be good at certain times. Populations often fluctuate due to flood events and cyclic shad populations. White bass fishing is good in the tailwater throughout the warmer months. White bass fishing is good in the Salamonie River just upstream of the Reservoir in the spring.

White crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: Minnows, worms, or bee moths on tube jigs and on bee moths or spikes on teardrop jigs (icefishing)
Depth: Usually shallower than 10 feet

Comments about fish:

Salamonie Reservoir offers excellent crappie fishing throughout the year. Good fishing success is found throughout the lake for boat anglers. Anglers in boats will find good crappie fishing throughout the lake near fish attractors, off points, and wooded inlets. The marina cove, the SR105 causeway, Majenica Creek bridge, county road 750 east, the Dora cul-de-sac, and CR 680 east are all good bank-fishing spots on the reservoir. Ice fishing is excellent for crappie from late December to late February. During this time of year fish are concentrated in the lowered lake. The SR 105 causeway, Dora-New Holland, and the beach are popular ice fishing spots. There are several fish attractors installed for fishermen at various locations throughout the lake (map available at the Visitor Center).

 

Comments about body of water:

Lake levels fluctuate widely during February, March, and April and water is frequently turbid with free-floating driftwood at times. Water clarity is the best from July to October. Current tailwater flows and reservoir levels can be obtained from the US Army Corps of Engineers (www.lrl.usace.army.mil/sal/). Shallow water markers are taken out of the water during late fall. Dora ramp is the only ramp that can provide boat access through December when the reservoir is at winter pool. Though ice fishing can be hazardous due to fluctuating water levels and sloped ice, it usually provides good action for white crappie. For up-to-date fishing information, fishermen can also contact: Peacepipe Bait & Tackle: 260-468-2768, Bozarth’s Campstore: 765-981-4522, D&J Corner Mart: 260-468-2460

 

This page was last updated on APR 08 2014 02:10 P.M.

Ohio River at Falls of the Ohio State Park

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Description:
Located on the banks of the Ohio River, Falls of the Ohio features a spectacular interpretive center over-looking fossil beds. The 386-million-year-old fossil beds are among the largest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. Facilities at the park include a boat launch ramp onto the Ohio River, a cultural arts program, education programs, hiking trails, picnicking, fishing, and an interpretive center.

Blue catfish

Description:
Like other catfish, the blue catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the blue taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The blue catfish has 30-35 anal fin rays, its anal fin margin is straight and the caudal fin is deeply forked.

Bait: cut bait
Depth: bottom

Comments about fish:

Catfishing is always popular at the Falls. Cut baits on bottom work well, Evening hours are best. River levels very high now.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: cut bait
Depth: bottom

Comments about fish:

Channels get large here at the Falls. Fish late with cut baits, or 'stink' baits.

Hybrid striped bass

Description:
These bass belong to the temperate bass family. Temperate basses include the true fresh water basses, white and yellow bass, and the striped bass, which originally lived in the Atlantic Ocean but can live its entire life in fresh water. Temperate basses often school far from shore and feed on schooling fish. Hybrid striped bass are a cross of white and striped bass. The hybrid striped bass has two tooth patches and the back of the tongue are joined. The first stripe below the lateral line complete to the tail and the stripes above the lateral line are usually broken.

Bait: bait fish or jigs
Depth: depth varies

Comments about fish:

Often caught on jigs or trolling with bait fish, Striped bass sizes continue to grow and make for an exciting catch. Very aggressive and strong they put up quite a fight!

Sauger

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. Sauger have three or four saddle-shaped blotches on their back and sides, as well as a spotted dorsal fin.

Bait: Jigs
Depth: Bottom

Comments about fish:

River level very high currently. Conditions for fishing not good. Levels should drop over next week.

 

Comments about body of water:

Park closes at 11p.m. Night fishing is permitted with the purchase of annual entrance permit and a hang tag that must be displayed in the window at all times. Permits are available at Interpretive Center There is a daily $2.00 daily parking fee. Interpretive Center is open Mon.-Sat. 9-5 & Sun. 1-5. Check out Fallsoftheohio.org for up to the minute river levels, as they can vary daily.

 

This page was last updated on APR 08 2014 10:24 A.M.

Glendale FWA lakes and ponds. 

 

Dogwood Lake

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Description:
Glendale FWA is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 8,060 acres of land and over 1,400 acres of lakes and impoundments. Located in Daviess County, Glendale FWA has fishing in Dogwood lake and other ponds. The area also has hunting, wildlife watching, camping, wetland trapping, and dog training areas and blackberries, persimmon, hickory nuts, morels and walnut gathering.

Black crappie

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.

Bait: Black and silver jigs w/crappie nibbles, or minnows under bobbers
Depth: 6-10FT.

Comments about fish:

Crappie are just now really getting fired up. Crappie are being caught in 8-10 ft of water with most being found around weed beds and stump clusters.

Bluegill

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.

Bait: Redworms, nightcrawlers, jigs
Depth: 5-10ft

Comments about fish:

Bluegill activity is decent, most bluegill at this time of year are found in the flats of the lake in 6-8ft of water. Some fish will begin to come a bit shallower, but the biggest concentrations will be in the flats.

Channel catfish

Description:
The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: Live bait. Worms
Depth: 4' to 10' of water

Comments about fish:

There have been very few anglers fishing for catfish specifically, but some have been taken on live bait and worms. Limb-line and trot-line fishermen are having fair to good success. Trot-Line & Limb-line season on Dogwood Lake started on the first Thursday in April, 2014. 15 permits will be issued per week on a first/come, first/serve basis. Some nice flatheads have been taken on limb-lines using small 'gills as bait. Just remember Live Shad and Carp are NOT legal as bait! DISPOSE OF ANY UNUSED LIVE BAIT ON THE BANK - NOT IN THE WATER!

Largemouth bass

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: Artificial worms and worm harness
Depth: In 3 to 10 ft. of water

Comments about fish:

Fishing from boats sitting in the channels and casting toward the shoreline just to the edge of the weed beds. Bass are moving into shallow water to feed.

Redear sunfish

Description:
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The redear sunfish has an opercle flap (ear) that is tipped with a red or orange margin.

Bait: Jigs , jigs w/trailing beemoth , redworms, nightcrawlers
Depth: Deep (6-12Ft)

Comments about fish:

Reports have redear being caught with decent consistency in deep water on redworms.

Yellow perch

Description:
Indiana anglers have long since sought perch for their tasty flavor. The yellow perch, walleye and sauger are members of this popular family. The yellow perch ranges from 6 to 12 inches long and up to one or two pounds.

Bait: Redworm, nightcrawlers
Depth: Deep Water

Comments about fish:

Not really anything to report on perch since most fishermen are concentrating on bluegills and redear.

 

Comments about body of water:

Fishing activity has increased with most anglers going after Crappie and Largemouth. Lake is fairly murky due to the past weekends rain event. Lake is 6 Inches ABOVE pool with rain in excess of 4.5 inches beind dumped in the area. NOTE: The HORSEPOWER LIMIT HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM DOGWOOD LAKE. There is a MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT OF 10 MPH IMPOSED on the lake REGARDLESS of motor size!

 

 
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