Indian Lake Fishing Report—07-03-19

Bluegills and a few crappies are still being caught according to Lakeside Pro Bass. Crappies have slowed down considerably but an occasional keeper is being picked up at some of the popular areas such as Long Island and the game reserve. Fishermen have been using jigs and plastic. Wax worms and spikes are commonly added to the combination. Good catches of bluegills are still being caught by fishermen who know where to find fish. Dock posts are holding bluegills and some fish are being caught in the pads. Catfish are also being taken in good numbers. Many catfishermen are concentrating on flatheads. Unofficial reports of one or more flatheads over 40 pounds have been reported. Boating pressure can be an issue for night fishermen, especially during high traffic times.

Trolling for saugeye using Flicker Shads and worm harnesses tipped with leeches or nightcrawlers is still producing fish during the morning and evening bites. A few crappies are also being caught while trolling. Bank fishing for saugeye is still drawing a few fishermen. Fishermen are using paddle-tail soft plastics such as Big Joshy lures, and suspended jerk baits such as the Smithwick or Rapala are also effective. A chartreuse twister-tail is the stand-by for bank fishermen. All of these baits are designed to cover a lot of territory and locate fish. Tight-lining with floating jigs heads tipped with bass minnows is a standard saugeye rig for bank fishermen. A lot of catfish are also being caught by tight-liners. Wind direction is very important and the fishing improves with an on-shore breeze.

Fishing success on the tailwaters below the spillway depends on the amount of running water. Saugeye, crappies, and catfish are taken below the spillway when conditions are right.