Lakeside Pro Bass reports some bluegill and crappie fishing is still 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. 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. Overall, Indian Lake is in a transition time and fishermen are waiting for cooler temperatures. Early September water temperature is in the high 60s. 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. Bank fishermen are currently doing better than the boat fishermen, but that can change quickly. Overall, saugeye fishermen are waiting for cooler weather. Bass fishing has been steady according to tournament results and fisherman reports. Fishing has been tough. The winning weight for one early September bass tournament was a five-fish limit of 9.6 pounds.
Last year, the big fish at the annual three-day tournament was a flathead catfish weighing 39.44 pounds. This year’s big fish was a 33 plus pounds. All of the top winning fish were flatheads. Flatheads are territorial, like structure, and like live bait. Fishermen locate fish by drifting in areas that have stumps or holes. Live chubs and goldfish are popular.