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Bass Regulations

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Statewide Black Bass* Regulations

 

TYPE OF WATER

DAILY BAG LIMIT

MINIMUM SIZE

Lakes

5 singly or in aggregate

14 inches

Rivers/Streams

5 singly or in aggregate
(no more than 2 bass over 15 inches)

12 to 15 inch slot limit

Lake Michigan

3 singly or in aggregate

14 inches

* Black bass is a term for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. Certain waters have special bag limits and minimum size limits that apply to black bass. See information on this page.

Special Largemouth Bass Lake Regulations

Special largemouth bass regulations are in effect for many Indiana waters. The expected benefits of size limits are an increase in the number of bass caught (although many must be released); an increase in size of bass; and in some cases, improvement in bluegill size and increased predation on abundant prey like gizzard shad.

Regulations on bass fishing differ for the Ohio River. See page 21.

Lake Limits (county)

15-inch minimum size limit

  • Patoka Lake (Orange, Dubois and Crawford counties)
  • Dogwood Lake (Daviess County)

16-inch minimum size limit

  • Cecil M. Harden Lake (Parke County)

18-inch minimum size limits

There is a daily bag limit of two bass for these waters:

  • Ball Lake (Steuben County)
  • Blue Grass, Loon Lake (Warrick County)
  • J.C. Murphey Lake (Newton County)
  • Robinson Lake (Whitley and Kosciusko counties)
  • Tri-County FWA-all lakes

20-inch minimum size limit and one fish daily bag limit

  • Turtle Creek Reservoir (Sullivan County)

12- to 15-inch slot size limits

No largemouth bass between 12 and 15 inches in length may be taken from the following:

  • Buffalo Trace Lake (Harrison County)
  • Celina Lake (Perry County)
  • Ferdinand State Forest Lake (Dubois County)
  • Indian Lake (Perry County)
  • Montgomery City Park Lake (Daviess County)
  • Saddle Lake (Perry County)
  • Scales Lake (Warrick County)
  • Shakamak State Park lakes (Clay, Greene and Sullivan counties)
  • Tipsaw Lake (Perry County)

No-minimum-size-limit waters

No size limits for largemouth bass are in effect for:

  • Brownstown State Fishing Area (Jackson County)
  • Burdette Park lakes (Vanderburgh County)
  • Chandler Town Lake (Warrick County)
  • Cypress Lake State Fishing Area (Jackson County)
  • Deming Park lakes (Vigo County)
  • Garvin Park Lake (Vanderburgh County)
  • Glen Miller Pond (Wayne County)
  • Hayswood Lake (Harrison County)
  • Henry County Memorial Park Lake (Henry County)
  • Hovey Lake at Hovey Lake FWA (Posey County)
  • Krannert Lake (Marion County)
  • Lake Sullivan (Marion County)
  • Ruster Lake (Marion County)
  • Schnebelt Pond (Dearborn County)

Special Rivers & Streams Black Bass Regulations

20-inch minimum size limit and one fish daily bag limit

  • Sugar Creek (Montgomery, Parke, Boone, Clinton and Tipton counties)

12-inch minimum size limit (5 bass daily limit)

  • All rivers and streams in Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer, Perry, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Clark, Jefferson, Switzerland, Ohio and Dearborn counties (with the exception of Blue River, see below)

12- to 15-inch slot size limit (No more than two bass larger than 15 inches):

  • Blue River (Crawford, Harrison and Washington counties)

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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