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Lake of the Week, Dec. 26th: Whitewater Lake

Discussion in 'Indiana Fishing Reports' started by SC Mike, Dec 26, 2006.

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    Whitewater Lake, Union County

    Nearest town: Liberty
    Surface area: 199 acres

    Maximum depth: 46 feet
    Average depth: 18 feet
    Secchi disc: 2.3 - 4.1 feet

    Source: Impoundment of Silver Creek
    Shoreline demographics: Surrounded by state land

    Shoreline fishing: Good
    Accessibility: State-owned public access with ramps on southeast shore
    Motors: Electric motors only
    Accommodations: Park, ADA fishing piers, boat rental, camping, cabins, picnicking, restrooms
    Park office: Whitewater Memorial State Park, 1418 S. State Road 101, Liberty, IN 47353; (765) 458-5565



    FISHING INFORMATION: Whitewater Lake is a very nice fishing lake, and a perfect weekend vacation for families.

    The lake was closed and drained in 2001, to repair the spillway and also to eradicate gizzard shad and carp. In fall 2001, IDNR biologists began restocking the lake with bluegill, sunfish, catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass. Add a few years of growth, and today the lake is pumping out legal-size largemouth with plenty more smaller than that to practice on, gobs of bluegills and redear sunfish well over nine inches, and catfish approaching 10 pounds. That’s about as good as it gets anywhere.

    An added benefit has been the improved water and habitat quality. By removing the carp, the lake is able to grow and sustain aquatic vegetation. Weedbeds are giving panfish a place to hide and predator fish, like largemouth bass, a place to hunt. The water quality has improved dramatically, with clarity up to five feet.

    The lake is nestled inside of Whitewater Memorial State Park, which is a great park with good camping facilities and cabins to rent. Fishing on Whitewater Lake is a alternative to the larger and more popular Brookville. An electric motor-only rule makes it a quiet lake, and the wooded shoreline keeps it peaceful. Fall colors are remarkable.

    So far, the lake has remained clear of gizzard shad. Please keep it that way. Also, if you’re taking your boat from one lake to another, be sure to remove any vegetation or critters before putting in at Whitewater. Brookville, which also is accessible from the park, has been infested with zebra mussels. If they make their way to Whitewater, this little gem is going to loose its potential.

    There’s plenty to do outside the park, at tourist attractions like water parks, the historic canal town of Metamora (where visitors can see horse-drawn canal boats in operation), or a steam locomotive trip from Connorsville to Metamora and back.

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