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Discussion in 'Indiana Pan Fishing' started by ccavacini, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. ccavacini

    ccavacini Super Mod Mod

    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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