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Guide to fishing for spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

The purpose of this page is to share basic information about bass fishing and bass lakes in the state. Indiana is a haven for bass fishing, offering ample opportunities for anglers to pursue largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass. These three species of bass provide exciting angling experiences and are highly sought after by fishing enthusiasts throughout the state.

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Largemouth bass, known for their aggressive strikes and powerful fights, are prevalent in Indiana's lakes, reservoirs, and rivers. They thrive in a variety of habitats, including weed beds, submerged structures, and around fallen trees. Anglers can target largemouth bass using a variety of techniques such as topwater lures, soft plastics, and crankbaits. Some popular bass fishing destinations in Indiana include Patoka Lake, Lake Monroe, and Geist Reservoir.

Smallmouth bass, known for their strong fighting abilities and acrobatic jumps, are another prized species in Indiana. They prefer clear and rocky habitats such as rivers, streams, and lakes with rocky shorelines. Anglers often target smallmouth bass using techniques like casting crankbaits, jigs, and soft plastics. Some renowned smallmouth bass fishing locations in Indiana include the Tippecanoe River, the Ohio River, and Lake Wawasee.

Spotted bass, while less common than largemouth and smallmouth bass in Indiana, can still be found in select waters across the state. They are often found in rivers and reservoirs with rocky or gravel bottoms. Spotted bass share many similarities with their largemouth and smallmouth counterparts, both in terms of appearance and fishing techniques. Anglers can target spotted bass using similar tactics as they would for largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Indiana's bass fishing season typically begins in the spring, as the water temperatures rise and the bass become more active. Spring and early summer are excellent times to target bass as they are in their pre-spawn and spawning phases, making them more aggressive and easier to catch. However, bass fishing can be productive throughout the year, with fall being another prime season as bass feed heavily to prepare for winter.

Whether you're pursuing largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass, Indiana offers a diverse range of fishing locations and techniques to cater to every angler's preference. Always make sure to familiarize yourself with local fishing regulations and practice catch-and-release to ensure the sustainability of these prized bass populations for future generations to enjoy.

Bass Lakes In Indiana

Top Indiana Fishing Lakes

While there are literally hundreds of waters in Indiana with a population of bass, larger impoundments typically produce the most consistent stringers. Visit the Bass Knowledge Center for valuable information about bass and bass fishing. Some of the top bass fishing lakes in Indiana include Barbee Lake, Bass Lake, Big Long Lake, Big Turkey Lake, Bluegrass FWA, Brookville Lake, Cagles Mill Lake, Cecil M Harden Lake, Dewart Lake, Dogwood Lake, Eagle Creek Reservoir, Geist Lake, Griffy Lake, Hamilton Lake, Hardy Lake, Hovey Lake, Irish Lake, J C Murphey Lake, J Edward Roush Lake, James Lake, Jimmerson Lake, Kuhn Lake, Lake Freeman, Lake Lemon, Lake Manitou, Lake Maxinkuckee, Lake Michigan, Lake Papakeechie, Lake Shafer, Lake Wawasee, Mississinewa Reservoir, Monroe Lake, Morse Reservoir, Nyona Lake, Patoka Lake, Pine Lake, Prairie Creek Reservoir, Salamonie Lake, Summit Lake, Sylvan Lake, Syracuse Lake, Tippecanoe Lake, Turtle Creek Reservoir, Waubee Lake, Webster Lake, West Boggs Lake, Winona Lake, Witmer Lake and Worster Lake.

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Bass In Indiana

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 14 lbs 12 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 4 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 5 oz

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Top 5 Bass Fishing Lures For Indiana

When bass are shallow, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and stickbaits are the most productive. As they move deeper, worms and jigs are among the top producers.

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Indiana state record smallmouth bass was caught at Twin Lake.

It is unknown where the state record largemouth was caught.

The state record spotted bass was caught somewhere in Vigo county.

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Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in Indiana.

Understanding the primary seasonal movements of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is key to locating them on local lakes in the Hoosier State.

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The more you know about the seasonal migration of bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Indiana bass fishing lakes. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.