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Bass Regulations

Fishing Regulations Indiana Freshwater Fishing

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

Special 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 on the Ohio River.

Lake Limits (county)

15-inch minimum size limit:

  • Patoka Lake (Orange, Dubois and Crawford counties)

16-inch minimum size limit:

  • Cecil M. Harden Lake (Parke County)

18-inch minimum size limit and two fish daily bag limit:

  • Ball Lake (Steuben County)
  • Blue Grass, Loon Pit (Warrick County)
  • J.C. Murphey Lake (Newton County)
  • Kunkel Lake (Wells County)
  • Robinson Lake (Whitley and Kosciusko counties)
  • Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area, 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:

At the following lakes, largemouth bass that are from 12 to 15 inches in length may not be harvested. The daily bag limit applies to bass under 12 inches and over 15 inches.

  • 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)
  • Tipsaw Lake (Perry County)

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

  • Big Long Lake (LaGrange County)

No-minimum-size-limit waters:

  • 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 Fish & Wildlife Area (Posey County)
  • Krannert Lake (Marion County)
  • Lake Sullivan (Marion County)
  • Ruster Lake (Marion County)
  • Schnebelt Pond (Dearborn County)

Special Regulations
for Rivers & Streams

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 the Blue River, where the slot limit applies in Crawford, Harrison, and Washington counties).

Lake Sturgeon – Endangered Species

Lake Sturgeon

Mouth: Upper lip without lobes, lower lip with two lobes.

Snout: Cone-shaped, rounded.

Tail: Rounded, thick caudal peduncle not fully scaled; smooth areas between rows of bony plates.

Size: Adults normally caught at 45–55 inches and 25–45 lbs.; can reach lengths greater than 6 feet and weights over 100 lbs.

Range: Lower Wabash and White rivers and Lake Michigan, possibly in other large lakes or rivers.

Shovelnose Sturgeon

Mouth: Upper lip with four lobes, lower lip with four lobes.

Snout: Shovel-shaped, flattened.

Tail: Long, thin caudal peduncle fully scaled with bony plates.

Size: Adults normally caught at 30–40 inches and 3–7 lbs., rarely larger.

Range: Wabash and White rivers and occasionally in other large rivers.