Indian Lake Fishing Report—08-20-19

Lakeside Pro Bass reports some bluegill and crappie fishing is available but fish have to be hunted. Many fishermen are working the channels. The State Park, Blackhawk, and Moundwood, have been producing a few fish. Some fishermen are targeting docks, lifts, and seawalls. Adding wax worms is a preference and is more popular in waters that produce both quality crappies and bluegills. Spider jigs and wax worms are also very popular with bluegill fishermen. The morning and evening bites have been the most productive. Some fishermen are also having success shooting pontoons. Experienced fishermen are starting to produce crappie limits. Overall, Indian Lake is still transitioning and fishermen are waiting for cooler temperatures. Fishing is expected to turn on at any time.

Saugeye fishing is slow. Fishermen are trolling and jigging in the main lake, around bridges, around the islands, and other popular spots. Fishermen are trolling worm harnesses, crank banks, or jigging vibrating baits. There are a few fish being caught by bank fishermen. Overall, saugeye fishermen are waiting for cooler weather. Bass fishing has been steady according to tournament results and fisherman reports. Fishing is challenging but productive for top fishermen. Indian Lake has a heavy bass tournament schedule.

This year, the big fish at the annual three-day catfish tournament was a flathead catfish weighing 36 plus pounds. It took a single fish of at least 19 pounds to break into the top 30. Flathead fishing has been excellent and getting better.