Lakeside Pro Bass reports that the fall fishing season has kicked in with cooler water temperatures. The temperature on 10/26 was 55 degrees and falling. Crappie fishing is excellent with some fishermen reporting limit catches. Fish are being hunted but all areas seem to be worth checking. Moundwood, Black Hawk, and the game preserve are popular spots. Boat docks and any recently dredged channel are also worth checking. Bluegill fishing is good with some nice fish being caught. The game preserve has been producing decent catches of crappies. A lot of fishermen are working the edge of pad beds. Adding wax worms is a preference to some fishermen and is more popular in waters that produce both quality crappies and bluegills.
Saugeye fishing is also excellent and numerous keeper fish are being taken by both bank and boat fishermen. Bait sales reflect fishing, and sales are strong for bass minnows. Fishermen are trolling and jigging in the main lake, around bridges, around the islands, and other popular spots. Bank fishermen are doing well in the Moundwood area and along the south shore. Saugeye fishermen are expecting more keeper fish as the season progresses, but limits are presently common. Bass fishing has been steady all season according to tournament results and fisherman reports.
Catfishing at Indian Lake has added a new angle with the continued growth of the flathead population. Fishermen are learning to locate and catch these big fish. Flatheads dominated the 2017 catfish tournament at the lake.