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Lake Wawasee, IN

Popular Fish Species Lake Wawasee, IN

Lake Wawasee Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Lake Wawasee offers good fishing for largemouth bass. Lately the fishing here for bass has continued to impress bass fishing enthusiasts. Some big bass roam Lake Wawasee, thanks to excellent fisheries management by the Indiana DNR, Division of Fish & Wildlife, as well as the availability of extensive cover for both baitfish and bass. When the bite is good, bass typically move shallow and are quite 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 Lake Wawasee on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Smallmouth bass also reside here in good numbers.

Lake Wawasee Popular Fish - Black Crappie

Black Crappie Fishing

Black crappie reside in good numbers throughout Lake Wawasee, and they are averaging a very good size this year. Crappie fishing is excellent and they are running in sizeable schools. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. 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. 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. White crappie, in smaller numbers, also make this lake their home.

Lake Wawasee Popular Fish - Northern Pike

Northern Pike Fishing

Thriving in the cool waters of Lake Wawasee, northern pike are a very popular target for local anglers. This year they are being caught in good quantity and quality. April and May are the best months of the year for northern pike fishing here. Summer is spotty but pike can be caught all summer long. Fall can also be good sometimes stretching into October. Large, flashy lures that mimic the bait they prey upon are great lures for northerns. Effective lures include spoons, spinners, and crankbaits, particularly those with bright colors or metallic finishes to attract the pike's attention. Additionally, big flies, soft plastic swimbaits and jerkbaits can be successful, especially when retrieved erratically to mimic wounded prey. Trolling along weed edges can often entice strikes.

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, rock bass, yellow perch and northern pike at Lake Wawasee in Indiana.

Lake Wawasee Fishing Video

At over 3,000 surface acres with a wide variety of fish species to pursue, Lake Wawasee is an anglers paradise. It is located in the northeast Indiana along the southeast outskirts of Syracuse. If you like fishing around boat docks, the lake is lined with them. The lake is populated with healthy schools of bluegill and sunfish. The lake also provides some good bass fishing as well as walleye and northern pike. There are some opportunities for shoreline fishing, but the most efficient way to catch fish here is by boat.

Lake Wawasee, situated in northern Indiana, is a magnificent destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a memorable angling experience. With its sprawling 3,500-acre surface area, this glimmering lake offers abundant fishing opportunities for all skill levels. Lake Wawasee is known for its diverse fish population, making it a favored spot among local anglers and visitors alike. Popular fish species found in Lake Wawasee include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, perch, and northern pike. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore or venture out onto the water in a boat to find their perfect fishing spots.

Ice fishing during winter at Lake Wawasee can often produce nice catches. Check with local officials for authorization and Indiana DNR for regulations before attempting to fish through the ice on any lake.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Indiana

Primary fish species residing in Wawasee Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Rock Bass Yellow Perch Northern pike

Lake Wawasee Amenities

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

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Griffith's Wawasee Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
260 856-2286

Wawasee Boat Company
Rentals: Pontoon boats
574 457-4404


Griffith's Wawasee Marina
9171 E Ross Dr
Syracuse, IN 46567
260 856-2286

Boating is also a cherished activity at Lake Wawasee, as its expansive waters provide a perfect setting for leisurely cruises and water sports adventures. Boaters can navigate the lake's gentle waves, admire the breathtaking shoreline, and partake in activities such as water skiing or wakeboarding. Lake Wawasee offers boat ramps and marinas, ensuring convenient access for boaters to launch their vessels and make the most of their time on the water.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lake Wawasee Public Access
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off N Turkey Creek Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Lake Wawasee

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

Fishing License

Click here for a Indiana Fishing License.

While camping directly at Lake Wawasee may not be available, there are nearby campgrounds and parks that offer camping facilities. These campgrounds provide options for both tent camping and RV camping, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in nature and enjoy the tranquility of the area. Camping near Lake Wawasee offers the chance to wake up to stunning lake views, enjoy hiking trails, and have convenient access to fishing and boating activities throughout their stay.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Harper Lake Campground - 260 856-2655

Pick A Spot Campground - 574 594-2635

Quaker Haven Campground - 574 834-4193

Lake Wawasee, IN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Wawasee
Wawasee Boat Company
6521 E. Cornelius Rd.
Syracuse, IN 46567
574 457-4404


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Lake Wawasee in Indiana.

Sunfish, perch, bass and northern pike fishing in northeast IN.

Fishing at Lake Wawasee, in Indiana.