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Top Indiana Fishing Lakes

The state of Indiana offers a variety of fishing ranging from fishing the big waters of Lake Michigan for monster salmon and trout to fishing small ponds and streams for panfish. We will concentrate here on the major Indiana fishing lakes.

Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, steelhead, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, stripers, bowfin, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye, spotted gar and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams. Visit each IN lake page for details on species within that lake.

Major Indiana Lakes

Indiana major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Indiana, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Indiana, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Indiana Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

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Barbee Lake is an 850 surface acre lake in the north central part of the state, 8 miles north of Princeton, IN.

Big Long Lake is a 360 surface acre lake in the northeast corner of the state, 35 miles north of Fort Wayne, IN.

Big Turkey Lake is a 450 acre lake in the northeast corner of the state 2 miles north of Turkey Creek, IN.

Brookville Lake is a 5,200-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Brookville, IN.

Cagles Mill Lake is a 1,400-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 4 miles east of Poland, IN.

Cecil M Hardin Lake is a 2,100-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 8 miles east of Rockville, IN.

Dewart Lake is a 550 acre lake in the north central section of IN, 3 miles north of Oswego.

Dogwood Lake is a 1,400-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 4 miles west of Alfordsville, IN.

Eagle Creek Reservoir is a 1,300-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Clermont, IN.

Geist Reservoir is a 1,800-acre lake in the central part of the state, 2 miles north of McCordsville, IN.

Griffy Lake is a 109 acre lake in the south central part of the state 2 miles north of Bloomington, IN.

Hardy Lake is a 740 acre lake in the southeast part of the state, 5 miles south of Comminskey, IN.

Irish Lake is a 180 acre lake in the north central corner of the state at Barbee, IN.

J. Edward Roush Lake is a 960 acre lake in the northeast corner of the state, 1 mile southeast of Huntington, IN.

James Lake is a 2,000-acre lake in the northeast

Jimmerson Lake is a 300 surface acre lake in the northeast corner of the state, 8 miles east of Orland, IN.

Kuhn Lake is a 270 surface acre lake in the north central corner of the state at Barbee, IN.

Lake Freeman is a 1,500-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Yoeman, IN.

Lake Lemon is a 1,650 acre lake in the south central part of the state 8 miles northeast of Bloomington, IN.

Lake Manitou is a 770 acre lake in the north central quadrant of the state at Rochester, IN.

Lake Maxinkuckee is a 1,900-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Culver, IN.

Lake Michigan is a 22,300 square mile body of water in the northwest corner of the state, at Culver, IN.

Lake Papakeechie is a 180 acre lake in the north central quadrant of the state 4 miles southeast of South Park, IN.

Lake Wawasee is a 3,100-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Syracuse, IN.

Mississinewa Reservoir is a 3,200-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 5 miles southeast of Peru, IN.

Monroe Lake is a 10,700-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Smithville, IN.

Morse Reservoir is an 1,800-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Cicero, IN.

Nyona Lake is a 104 acre lake in the north central section of the state, 2 miles south of Green Oak, IN.

Patoka Lake is an 8,800-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 5 miles north of Eckerty, IN.

Pine Lake is a 710 surface acre lake in the northeast quadrant of the state at Lynn Grove, IN.

Prairie Creek Reservoir is a 1,200-acre lake in the eastern part of the state, 5 miles northwest of Blountsville, IN.

Salamonie Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Mt Etna, IN.

Syracuse Lake is a 400 acre lake in the north central quadrant of the state at Syracuse, IN.

Tippecanoe Lake is an 880 acre lake in the north central part of the state, at Oswego, IN.

Turtle Creek Reservoir is a 1,500-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 1 mile east of Merom, IN.

Waubee Lake is a 180 acre lake in the north central part of the state at Milford, IN.

Webster Lake is a 640 surface acre lake in the north central part of the state, at North Webster, IN.

Witmer Lake is a 290 acre lake in the northeast corner of the state, 1 mile northwest of Wolcottville, IN.

Worster Lake is a 330 surface acre lake in north central Indiana, 10 miles southwest of South Bend

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State of IN Fishing Information

Indiana offers excellent fishing for anglers of all skill levels. Take a kid fishing in IN.

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Fish for big bass in Indiana

Excellent largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in IN.

Fish Species in Indiana

Fishing for bass in Indiana

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

IN State Record: 14 lbs 12 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

IN State Record: 7 lbs 4 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

IN State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for catfish in Indiana

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

IN State Record: 37 lbs 8 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

IN State Record: 79 lbs 8 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

IN State Record: 104 lbs 0 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

IN State Record: 9 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for crappie in Indiana

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

IN State Record: 4 lbs 11 oz*

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

IN State Record: 4 lbs 11 oz*

Fishing for walleye in Indiana

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

IN State Record: 14 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for steelhead in Indiana

Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead

World record: 42 lbs 0 oz

IN State Record: 26 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for trout in Indiana

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

IN State Record: 18 lbs 8 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

IN State Record: 3 lbs 15.5 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

IN State Record: 29 lbs 0 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

IN State Record: 29 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for panfish in Indiana

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

IN State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Flier Sunfish

Flier sunfish

World record: 1 lbs 4 oz

IN State Record: 0 lbs 3.5 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

IN State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

IN State Record: 3 lbs 10 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

IN State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

IN State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

IN State Record: 4 lbs 3 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

IN State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

IN State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for salmon in Indiana

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

IN State Record: 14 lbs 4 oz

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

IN State Record: 38 lbs 0 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

IN State Record: 20 lbs 12 oz

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

IN State Record: 2 lbs 12.5 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Indiana

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

IN State Record: 39 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for other species in Indiana

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

IN State Record: 16 lbs 8 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

IN State Record: 23 lbs 5 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

IN State Record: 42 lbs 2 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

IN State Record: 30 lbs 2 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

IN State Record: 6 lbs 1 oz

Spotted Gar

Spotted gar

World record: 9 lbs 12 oz

IN State Record: 5 lbs 10 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

IN State Record: 24 lbs 0 oz

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