As the spring fishing season approaches, the DNR encourages Hoosier
anglers to give Indiana muskie fishing a try.
“Indiana has some of the best muskie fishing in the Midwest,” said Jed
Pearson, a DNR fisheries biologist who manages the state’s muskie
program. “Lake Webster, the Barbee lakes and Lake Tippecanoe in
northeast Indiana’s Kosciusko County are especially good.”
Local fishing guides are available for hire for anglers who do not have
a boat or who want expert help to get started.
The lakes in Indiana’s muskie program cover 2,700 surface acres, and
many have been stocked each year for more than 20 years. According to
Pearson, it’s common for anglers to hook a muskie on every fishing trip.
Long thought to be elusive, muskies bite on a variety of lures, many of
which are typically used by bass anglers. Casting large plugs or
trolling spoonbaits along submersed weed beds are the most productive
Muskies have sharp teeth that easily cut regular fishing line. So,
attach your lures to a steel leader to keep the fish from breaking away.
A large landing net is handy to lift the fish and safely handle it.
The minimum size limit to keep a muskie in Indiana is 36 inches, but
muskies taken at Lake Webster and the adjacent Backwater Area must be a
minimum of 44 inches to keep. Even so, most muskie anglers release the
fish they catch.
For first-time muskie fishing, Pearson suggests heading to Webster. It
has the highest density of muskies. Other muskie lakes in northeast
Indiana include Everett in Allen County, Loon in Whitley County, and
Skinner in Noble County.
Another top muskie water is Bruce Lake, about 15 miles west of Rochester
in Fulton County. Although smaller, at 245 acres, it too has a dense
muskie population, with some fish measuring more than 50 inches long.
“Not as many anglers fish for muskies at Bruce Lake,” Pearson said. “If
more would try it, we think they’d be surprised.”
Muskie fishing is also available in southern and central Indiana.
Top waters include Brookville Lake northwest of Cincinnati and Bass Lake
Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis is also stocked with muskies, as
are two pits southeast of Indianapolis and two near Evansville.
Use the fish stocking database at wildlife.IN.gov/5457.htm
to search for muskie waters near you.