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Types of Fish in Indiana

Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Brown Trout
Bullhead
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon
Crappie
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Sauger
Smallmouth Bass
Steelhead Trout
Striped Bass
Walleye
White Bass
White Catfish

Indiana may surprise many as a destination for anglers, but it has over a thousand different waterways to choose from. A few of Indiana’s most prominent fish are bass, salmon and crappie. Indiana is a great state for fishing all year round!

Bass are one of the top sportsfish to cast for in Indiana. Small and largemouth, striped, white, yellow, and rock bass cut through the water with their fins.  The smallmouth record was caught out of Twin Lake.

Other hotspots for bass include Clear Lake and West Boggs Lake. West Boggs Lake is known for bluegills, black crappie, and channel catfish, too. Clear Lake is perfect for bigger smallmouth bass.

One of the most talked about bass hotspots is the Monroe Reservoir. Trophy largemouth bass are not unusual, as the fish can grow quite large within the ten thousand plus acres of aqueous habitat. Yellow bass, flathead catfish, and white crappie, are also Monroe Reservoir natives.

Salmon fishing can be a great fall experience in Indiana. Both chinook and coho species can be found in Indiana. St. Joseph River is a great salmon and trout location. Some of the best salmon in the state can be caught from Lake Michigan and its tributaries.

With a small section of Lake Michigan along its boarders, Indiana has access to some fine bass, catfish, and perch fishing. Rainbow and lake trout can also be found within Lake Michigan.

Panfish are found in just about every lake in the state! Crappie are also very common fish to angle for. Truman Lake has the state’s best crappie fishing, and some amazing bass fishing. Pakota Lake has similarly impressive offerings. Ice fishing is also a great winter hobby in Indiana, so bundle up and get out there in any season!

Indiana is known for their various pay lakes – which are privately owned and require a fee. Although they are more costly, they tend to be better equipped than public lakes. Rainbow Pay Lake is a perfect example, as it has great rainbow trout fishing and facilities to make it wheelchair accessible so that all anglers can get hooked on fishing.

Anyone interested in recreational fishing must purchase a license if over the age of eighteen. A trout or salmon stamp is often necessary. One day and annual fishing is available for all fishermen, and a week long license is available to non-residents. Only Senior residents can apply for a lifetime license.

In order to be eligible for a resident’s license you must have lived in the state of Indiana for sixty days or more before applying (non-resident military personnel stationed within the state may apply as residents). Social security numbers are required.

Indiana also has many options for apprentice licensing, to allow people to test fishing under a guided hand at any time of year. Licenses are available as gift certificates too. All licenses can be purchased by mail or at state authorized retailers. Indiana is altering their licensing system to streamline it on the web while simultaneously moving into a new era without paper licenses.
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Adams Lake


Adams Lake, just 2 miles from Wolcottville, Indiana, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adams Lake include Rome City, Lagrange and Kendallville. If Adams Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Little Elkhart Creek, Dove Creek, Middle Branch Elkhart River, Clock Creek, Dry Run, Mud Creek, Mud Creek, Turkey Creek, East Fly Creek and Pigeon Creek.
Closest Cities : Wolcottville 2miles, Rome City 4miles, Lagrange 7miles, Kendallville 8miles, Topeka 11miles


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Allen Lake


Allen Lake, just 2 miles from North Webster, Indiana, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Allen Lake include Cromwell, Syracuse and Ligonier. If Allen Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Dillon Creek, Cable Run, Piper Branch, Grassy Creek, Solomon Creek, Iden Branch, Beal Branch, Juday Ditch, Carrol Creek and Cedar Lake Branch.
Closest Cities : North Webster 2miles, Cromwell 4miles, Syracuse 5miles, Ligonier 8miles, Leesburg 9miles


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Alma Lake


Alma Lake, just 4 miles from Carbon, Indiana, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alma Lake include Harmony, Knightsville and Brazil. If Alma Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Lena Drain, Indian Branch, Little Rocky Fork Creek, Snake Creek, Canaan Run, Straight Branch, Beacon Run, Little Walnut Creek, Groundhog Branch and Jack Brook.
Closest Cities : Carbon 4miles, Harmony 5miles, Knightsville 6miles, Brazil 8miles, Greencastle 9miles


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Anderson Lake


Anderson Lake, just 7 miles from Rochester, Indiana, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Anderson Lake include Argos, Culver and Kewanna. If Anderson Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Mud Creek, Eddy Creek, Mill Creek, Chippewanuck Creek, Reister Creek, Yellow Creek, Big Yellow Creek, Wolf Creek, Deep Creek and Outlet Creek.
Closest Cities : Rochester 7miles, Argos 8miles, Culver 8miles, Kewanna 9miles, Monterey 9miles


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Appleman Lake


Appleman Lake, just 7 miles from Orland, Indiana, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Appleman Lake include Hudson, Wolcottville and Ashley. If Appleman Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Mud Creek, Turkey Creek, Pigeon Creek, Mud Creek, Crooked Creek, East Fly Creek, Little Elkhart Creek, Dove Creek, Fly Creek and Follette Creek.
Closest Cities : Orland 7miles, Hudson 9miles, Wolcottville 10miles, Ashley 10miles, Lagrange 10miles


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