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Popular Fish Species Geist Reservoir, IN

Geist Reservoir Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Currently, largemouth bass are thriving in Geist Lake due to excellent fisheries management and plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. Bass tournaments are very popular here and big bags are showing up nearly every event this year. 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 on deeper structure. Other bass to be caught here include smallmouth bass and spotted bass.

Geist Lake Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

This year healthy numbers of channel cats populate the waters of Geist Reservoir, and can be found pretty much all around the lake. 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. Other catfish in the lake include flathead catfish, some of which get to bragging size.

Geist Reservoir Popular Fish - Bluegill


Fishing for bluegill is a time-honored tradition at Geist Reservoir. Young and old, beginners and seasoned anglers alike, all enjoy catching a bunch of fat bluegill. This year, much like recent years, the bluegill population is healthy and always looking for something to eat. Bluegill fishing is as basic as fishing gets. Any pole, reasonably small line and small hooks baited with anything edible, creates the ideal setup. Add a bobber and you can set the depth you prefer the bait to position. Bluegill hang around brush, rocks, vegetation or any cover available.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, redear sunfish and striped bass at Geist Reservoir in Indiana.

This 1,800 acre lake is situated in the northeast outskirts of Indianapolis, IN. The lake is surrounded primarily by homes, many with boat docks. Geist Marina has a public boat launch and offers boat rentals and boat storage. Geist Lake is a popular lake for bass tournaments, and has plenty of fishing for other species as well.

Geist Lake, located in central Indiana, is a stunning reservoir that offers a wide range of recreational activities, including fishing. Spanning over 1,900 acres, Geist Lake is a favorite destination for anglers seeking a productive and enjoyable fishing experience.

The lake is known for its diverse fish population, which includes popular species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. With its clear waters and healthy fish population, Geist Lake provides ample opportunities for anglers of all skill levels to reel in their prized catches.

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Primary fish species residing in Geist Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Redear Sunfish Striped bass

Geist Reservoir Amenities

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

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Boating is another popular activity at Geist Lake, as the lake provides ample space for boaters to explore its expansive waters. Boaters can enjoy leisurely cruises, water skiing, wakeboarding, or simply relax on a pontoon boat while taking in the scenic beauty of the surrounding shoreline. Geist Lake offers marinas and boat ramps, ensuring convenient access for boaters to enjoy the recreational opportunities the lake has to offer.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Geist Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
317 849-8455


Geist Marina
11695 Fall Creek Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46256
317 849-8455

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Fall Creek Trail at Geist Dam, Launch Area
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Fall Creek Trail, at the west end of the dam, this is a primitive launch area with primitive parking.

Geist Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, east side, at the south end of the Olio Road Bridge, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Geist Reservoir

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Geist Reservoir Fishing Video
Fishing License

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While camping is not available directly at Geist Lake, there are nearby campgrounds and parks that offer camping facilities. These campgrounds provide a convenient base for visitors who wish to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Camping enthusiasts can enjoy the serenity of the surroundings, take part in outdoor activities, and still have easy access to Geist Lake for fishing and boating adventures.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Sleepybear Campground - 317 691-2339

Geist Lake, IN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Geist Reservoir
Geist Marina
11695 Fall Creek Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46256
317 849-8455


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