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Mississinewa Reservoir, IN

Popular Fish Species Mississinewa Lake, IN

Mississinewa Reservoir Popular Fish - Crappie


Both white crappie and black crappie reside in Mississinewa Reservoir, and white crappie are the dominant species. This is one of the top lakes in Indiana right now for big slab crappie. 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.

Mississinewa Reservoir Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

As usual, largemouth bass are thriving in Mississinewa Reservoir. The lake is loaded with baitfish, crappie and sunfish for prey, plus plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. 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. Smallmouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in good numbers.

Mississinewa Reservoir Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

The population of channel cats that inhabit Mississinewa Reservoir, are healthy, biting, 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. 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 and blue catfish.

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill and white bass at Mississinewa Reservoir in Indiana.

This 3,200 acre reservoir is located in northeast Indiana, 5 miles southeast of Peru, IN. Sandwiched between Miami State Recreation Area and Frances Slocum State Recreation Area, Mississinewa Lake offers excellent camping and fishing options. With almost 60 miles of shoreline one can find fish from boats, or by fishing from shore.

Mississinewa Lake, located in northeastern Indiana, is a sprawling reservoir that offers exceptional fishing opportunities for anglers of all levels. With a surface area of over 3,180 acres, this picturesque lake is known for its diverse fish population, making it a favored destination for local anglers and visitors alike.

Mississinewa Lake is home to a variety of popular fish species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, and walleye. Anglers can explore the lake's numerous coves, points, and submerged structures to find their perfect fishing spot.

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Primary fish species residing in Mississinewa Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass

Mississinewa Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: FOUR
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is another prominent activity at Mississinewa Lake, providing visitors with the chance to fully appreciate the beauty of the reservoir. Boaters can cruise along the calm waters, admire the scenic shoreline, and participate in water sports activities such as water skiing or tubing. The lake offers boat ramps and marinas, ensuring easy access for boaters to launch their vessels and enjoy a day of boating adventures.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Red Bridge Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks, canoes and pontoons
765 395-3525


Red Bridge Marina
10208 600 W
Amboy, IN 46911
765 395-3525

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Mississinewa Boat Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, immediately east of the dam, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Mississinewa Lake

Carl's Guide Service - bass, crappie

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Mississinewa Lake Fishing Video
Fishing License

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For those looking to extend their outdoor experience, Mississinewa Lake provides camping facilities near its shores. Several campgrounds cater to both tent camping and RV camping, offering various amenities to accommodate different camping preferences. Camping near Mississinewa Lake allows visitors to immerse themselves in nature, wake up to stunning lake views, and have convenient access to fishing and boating activities throughout their stay.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Mississinewa Reservoir Campground - 765 473-6528

Mississinewa Lake, IN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Mississinewa Reservoir
Red Bridge Harbor Marina
10208 600 W
Amboy, IN 46911
765 395-3525


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Mississinewa Reservoir in Indiana.

Catfish, crappie and white bass fishing in northeast IN.

Fishing at Mississinewa Reservoir, in Indiana.