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.
Whenever you head out fishing to a new place, it's always best to speak to local anglers. Use fishing forums to ask questions and learn about the most accurate and up to date conditions.