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Postby freakaccident » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:25 pm

Hi! I am Aaron and I am ready to go get some fish. I live on the East side of Indy. Any ideas on where I can wade for best results?

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Re: New member Aaron V!

Postby Goosepond Monster » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:50 am


I would suggest getting yourself a gazetteer for the state of Indiana and looking for local creeks with bridge access. Part of the fun in this hobby is exploring new water.

Smallmouth bass in Indiana are a resource that needs conservation, so the guys on this forum don’t really give up their fishing haunts.
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Postby BtownSmallieHunter » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:44 am

Welcome to the forum Aaron. I'll echo what GPM just said, find a bridge or access point and start wading. No one on here is going to offer up honey holes, but many are happy and willing to meet up and fish. Being on the East side of Indy, you are close to a lot of good/great water, so get your feet wet and enjoy! ;)

Personally I do a lot of my research with Google maps/satellite. You can use their system to set a path to gauge total distances between bridges for a wade and it can help to scope out pools, riffles and other features that tend to hold/attract fish. But for all the research, the only true way to figure it out is to just pack up and go!
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Postby Dave Lovett » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:37 am

All good advice. After you've picked up an Indiana Delorme Gazetteer, and then done some Google Earth scouting, you need to hop in the car and do some bridge hopping to figure out where the easiest access is and to get a look at the water to see if you think it will hold smallies. FWIW I generally look for flowing water with a riffle, run, pool type of pattern, good cover for baitfish and smallies and depth of at least a couple feet. If you find 2 or 3 or those qualifications you're probably in business. If you see minnows and crawfish, with some depth, it's almost a sure thing. Good Luck! Don't forget to report back.
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Postby edk » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:38 am

Welcome to the "club". As others have said, the best way to find out is to go fishing. There's always something biting
somewhere.... right now we are on the cusp of a strong fall crappie bite.

fish on,

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Postby handyandy » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:03 am

your close to the upper west fork white which is a good river, but limited on wadable areas. A number of smaller streams in that area as well. As all have said just start exploring, as dave said if you find a stream with a rocky bottom, some runs/riffles, some pools with at least a couple feet of depth, and some forage odds are it will have some smallies. Please let the smallies go they don't reproduce fast or grow fast in smaller flows and rivers. If you want fish to eat as I'm a believer in catching/hunting/growing as much of my own food as I can go after some catfish, crappie, or gills in larger bodies of water where they're abundant. I'll admit smallies taste good, but only time I have kept them was when I lived in Michigan for a summer. Up there they were quiet abundant, and the bane of walleye fisherman which was the majority of fisherman up there. Lot of guys up there almost considered them trash fish, and a nuisance which was fine with me. When I was up there I loved fishing for them and lake st clair was my favorite where 15" and bigger smallies were the norm. I miss the fishing there biggest smallie I've had came from detroit river was a 21.5" hog. I'm going way off topic welcome aboard
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