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Got this information from the's long but it mentions bluegill in quite a few lakes:
School's out - Go fishing!


-Summer 2005 biologist's panfish picks

-Fishing tips for kids

-Free Fishing Weekend events for kids

Schools out and fishing is in. Hoosier anglers seeking simple summer fishing

for out-of-school kids might want to heed this fishing advice from

Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists.

These rambling biological data mongers have been surveying a bunch of public

lakes around the state, and here are their choice summer panfish picks.

Whitewater Lake in Union County


Central Indiana fisheries biologist Rhett Wisener recommends 200-acre

Whitewater Lake in Whitewater Memorial State Park.

"The fishery has developed nicely at Whitewater Lake since it was renovated

and restocked in the fall of 2001. I expect a lot of big bluegill and redear

to be caught there in 2005," said Wisener.

Whitewater Memorial State Park is south of Liberty in Union County. The park

lake has a boat ramp. Rental canoes and rowboats are available in season.

Electric boat motors are allowed on the lake.

More Whitewater Lake information:

Delaney Park Lake in Washington County


In southeastern Indiana, biologist Larry Lehman recommends 86-acre Delaney

Park Lake in Washington County. "A recent survey found bluegill that

measured up to 10 inches long and redear sunfish up to 11 inches long," said


Delaney Park Lake is in Delaney Creek Park, north of Salem off State Route

135. The county park has a boat ramp and rental boats. More Delaney Creek

Park information:

Glendale FWA lakes in Daviess County


Southwest Indiana biologist Dave Kittaka recommends the DNR's Glendale Fish

and Wildlife Area in Daviess County.

"Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area has tremendous panfishing opportunities at

the property's 1,400-acre Dogwood Lake and on numerous small ponds

throughout the 8,000-acre property. All the lakes and ponds have ample

shoreline fishing access," said Kittaka.

Glendale FWA offers boat ramps, wheelchair-accessible fishing piers and

camping. More Glendale FWA information:

Ferdinand Lake in Dubois County


In far southwestern Indiana, biologist Dan Carnahan recommends Ferdinand

Lake in Ferdinand State Forest.

"The 39-acre lake provides some fabulous panfishing with large bluegill and

redear sunfish. The lake is also under a 12-to 15-inch largemouth bass slot

size limit that enables anglers to keep bass under 12 inches and over 15

inches long," advises Carnahan.

Ferdinand State Forest is in Dubois County east of Huntingburg on State

Route 64. Boat launch and rental boats available. Electric boat motors are

allowed on the lake.

More Ferdinand Lake information:

Big Long Lake and Shipshewana Lake in LaGrange County


Biologist Neil Ledet in northern Indiana recommends both Big Long and

Shipshewana lakes in LaGrange County.

"If you are looking for a natural lake that is producing good numbers of

8-to 10-inch bluegill and redear, try Big Long Lake in LaGrange County,"

said Ledet.

However, Ledet also says the 365-acre lake is loaded with 9-to 11-inch

sub-legal bass. "Expect to handle a fair number of these small bass while

trying your luck for panfish."

Ledet says anglers fishing Shipshewana Lake are seeing some good catches of

8-inch bluegill and 10-inch crappie. "The water in this shallow 200-acre

lake warms up early and is often one of the early season hot spots."

LaGrange County lake information and maps:

Twin Lakes area in Marshall County


Fisheries biologist Bob Robertson in northwestern Indiana advises

panfisherman not to miss the Twin Lakes area south of Plymouth in Marshall


"The Twin Lakes area is actually six lakes, all accessible from three DNR

Public Access Sites. Lawrence, Myers, Holem, Cook and Kreighbaum lakes along

with Mill Pond add up to 447 acres of some of the best bluegill and redear

fishing in the state," said Robertson.

Marshall County lake information and maps:

-Elementary Fishing Education


The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has some tips for getting kids

safely hooked on fishing, and the DNR throws in Free Fishing Weekend (June

11-12) so that adults and kids have an excuse to try out some of the fun DNR

Summer Panfish Picks.

Beginner fishing tips


- Every angler needs a fishing hat. Besides protection from glare and sun,

the bill of the hat over sunglasses shields eyes and head from first casts

with hook and line.

- Check your back. Ask an apprentice caster to look back before casting to

make sure people, animals or obstructions are not in the way.

- Fish handling. Teach kids the appropriate way to handle fish to prevent

small bites and fin pricks, as well as injury to the fish.

- Be safe and comfortable. Take along sun screen, kid-safe insect repellent,

a small first aid kit, life vest and, of course, some snacks and plenty to

drink. And don't pull back hard on a snagged line. It could spring back and

hurt someone.

- Quick Success. Kids love to catch fish, any size fish. So your best bet

for kid fishing success is to look for bluegill or their panfish cousins --

they are usually plentiful and scrappy. The basic hook, worm and bobber rig

is still the best way to catch these fish. Panfish have small mouths, so use

a size 10 or smaller hook, and the bait should just barely cover the hook.

- Love our natural resources. If the fish aren't biting, looking for bait

can be just as fun as fishing. Look for bugs under rocks. Take along a net

to catch grasshoppers. Or, skip some stones. Talk about the weather. Poke

stuff with sticks. Climb a tree. Teach the kids what poison ivy looks like.

And use some of the leftover lunch crumbs to surface feed the fish. The ones

that aren't biting always seem to find the bread and cracker crumbs.

For more panfish fishing basics, check out:

-Free Fishing Weekend


June 11 and 12, 2005 is Indiana's Free Fishing Weekend. Hoosiers don't need

a fishing license to fish public waters during this weekend. More than 30

public properties are hosting free fishing events for kids. For more

information visit:


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