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Cagles Mill Lake, Indiana

Popular Fish Species Cagles Mill Lake, IN

Cagles Mill Lake Popular Fish - Crappie

Crappie Fishing

Black and white crappie both reside in Cagles Mill Lake, with black crappie typically out-weighing white crappie. They do school together, so when you find them you may catch both species. Crappie fishing is on the rise and they can be found in sizeable schools. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water.

Cagles Mill Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Fishing in Cagles Mill Lake for largemouth bass can run has been spotty at times. Lately however, the fishing has been a bit better than usual. Bass are sustaining in Cagles Mill Lake due to excellent fisheries management and plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. When the bite is good, bass are typically shallow and aggressive. If you find them shallow and they are not tempted to bite, slow down and use smaller, lighter baits. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time fishing Cagles Mill Lake on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Smallmouth bass also reside here in good numbers.

Cagles Mill Lake Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish Fishing

This year a healthy population of channel cats populate the waters of Cagles Mill Lake, and can be found pretty much all around the lake. In Spring channel cats migrate toward incoming water, so stay up river away from the main lake. Night fishing for channel catfish often delivers better results than fishing during the day. In early summer look for rocky banks, the bigger the rocks the better. In summer and winter deeper structure is where to look. The river end of the lake is often the area where the bigger catfish are caught. Fishing for channel catfish is often productive around any kind of structure in the area. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with popular catfish baits. Flathead catfish and blue catfish also reside in the lake and fishing for them is often good as well.

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, muskie and striped bass at Cagles Mill Lake in Indiana.

Also known as Cataract Lake, Cagles Mill Lake offers 1,400 acres of fishing and boating enjoyment. The lake is located in the west central portion of the state at Cunot, IN. With over a dozen species in the lake, there are fishing opportunities for all anglers regardless of age or fishing experience. There is plenty of area for fishing from shore, with many secluded areas which may require some walking or hiking to access. Two public boat launch areas make fishing from a boat an easy chore.

Cagles Mill Lake, also known as Cataract Lake, is a picturesque reservoir located in central Indiana. This 1,400-acre lake is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a tranquil fishing experience surrounded by scenic beauty. The lake is known for its diverse fish population, making it a favorite among anglers.

Popular fish species found in Cagles Mill Lake include largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, and white bass. Anglers of all skill levels will find ample opportunities to test their fishing prowess and reel in some impressive catches.

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Primary fish species residing in Cataract Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Striped bass Muskie

Cagles Mill Lake (Cataract Lake) Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: TWO
Boat Rental: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is another popular activity at Cagles Mill Lake, with its calm waters offering a perfect setting for leisurely boating and exploration. The lake provides boat ramps for easy access, allowing boaters to navigate its pristine waters and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings. Whether you prefer fishing from a boat or simply cruising around the lake, Cagles Mill Lake offers a peaceful and scenic boating experience.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Boat Ramp - Lieber SRA #2
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Boat Ramp Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Cagles Mill Lake

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Fishing License

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For those who want to immerse themselves in nature and extend their visit, Cagles Mill Lake offers camping facilities near its shores. There are campgrounds available that cater to various camping preferences, from primitive tent camping to RV camping with modern amenities. Camping near Cagles Mill Lake allows anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the tranquility of the lake, wake up to beautiful sunrises, and have convenient access to the fishing action.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lieber State Recreation Area Campground - 765 795-4576

Dogwood Springs Campground

Cagles Mill Lake, IN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Cagles Mill Lake
Lieber State Recreation Area
1317 W. Lieber Road, Suite 1
Cloverdale, IN 46120
765 795-4576


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Bass, catfish and striped bass fishing in west-central IN.

Fishing at Cagles Mill Lake, in Indiana.