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Greene-Sullivan Fishing Report

Description:

Greene-Sullivan State Forest is composed of 8,000 acres of reclaimed surface mined land that includes the planting of several different species of trees that are managed for wildlife and timber production. The forest has more than 100 fishing lakes which have produced some record catches. Facilities include an archery range, boat launch ramp, camping, horseman’s camp, dumping station, fishing and hunting, picnicking, trails and hiking.

Fish

Bluegill

Description:

Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it’s dorsal fin.

Bait: bee moths, small jigs, crickets
Depth: 1-12 ft.

Comments about fish:

Bluegill fishing is dependent upon the weather fronts. Lighter tackle will have the best results. Using light lines seems to work best. Hearing good reports of bulegill fishing at Wampler Lake this past week, using bee moths and night crawlers.

Channel catfish

Description:

The channel catfish has a smooth scaleless skin and barbels on its face resembling cat whiskers. The barbels help the channel catfish taste and feel objects and enable it to locate food in dark and turbid water. The channel catfish has 24-29 rays in its rounded anal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked and the fish has dark spots on its sides when young.

Bait: nightcrawlers, stink bait, livers
Depth: lake bottom 6-11ft.

Comments about fish:

Try Wampler, Graveyard, West, Reservoir 26, and Bass lakes.

Largemouth bass

Description:

Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.

Bait: rubber worms, Slug-go, crank baits, and spinner baits
Depth: 3-12 feet

Comments about fish:

Best times to catch bass are mornings and evenings. Reports of catching some nice bass, using top of water baits.

Muskellunge

Description:

Members of the Pike family, the muskellunge, tiger muskellunge and northern pike have established themselves as remarkable adversaries through the years. The muskie, native to Indiana, is now usually found in stocked bodies of water. The northern pike, a voracious eater and popular among anglers, can be found in northern Indiana in natural lakes and streams. The muskie has three distinct color patterns, including green to silver “clear” sides, dark spots or dark vertical bars, six or more sensory pores on each side and scales covering only the top half of both cheeks. The muskie can weigh 10-20 pounds, but can reach weights over 30 pounds and lengths up to four feet long. Lures up to 12 inches are designed to resemble medium-sized fish and even small ducks.

Bait: minnow imitation crankbaits
Depth: deep to bottom

Comments about fish:

Please let us know if you catch any muskie! We’d love to hear about it! Report of 45 inch muskie was caught and released recently at bass lake, possible “Fish of the Year” in spring 2011. Hydroacoustic map for Bass lake, http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-Bass_Lake_Dugger_Unit_Bathymetry_Sullivan_County_c_March_2012.pdf

Rainbow or steelhead trout

Description:

Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. Rainbow or steelhead trout have a white mouth, teeth and gums and small black spots on their backs, sides, and caudal and dorsal fins. The caudal fin margin of the rainbow or steelhead trout is square and the fish has 9-12 anal fin rays.

Bait: Artificial lures, power bait
Depth: 15 – 40 ft

Comments about fish:

Airline Lake is closed from March 15th through March 31st. Reopens for fishing on April 1st. Fish deep for best results.

White crappie

Description:

Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The white crappie has six dorsal spines, black side markings forming vertical bars rather than random spots and anal fin rays.

Bait: minnows, small jigs
Depth: 3 – 12 ft

Comments about fish:

Crappie can be found around submerged structures. Reservior #26 has good reports for Crappie fishing this past few weeks.

Comments about body of water:

Water has been turned back on in all campgrounds. Fish cleaning station is OPEN. WELCOME SPRING 2014 Permits are available. Prices are: Annual Entrance Permit $40, Annual Non-Residence Entrance Permit $60.00, Golden Hoosier Annual Entrance Permit $20.00, Annual Horse Tag $20.00, Motorized Lake Permit $22.00, Non-Motorized Lake Permit $5.00. Please continue to help us keep the lakes clean of litter! Effective January 1, 2013 year round camp ground fees will be: Family Camp Grounds $10.70; Horse Campground $13.91, these prices include sales tax. Our office now accepts VISA, MASTERCARD, AND DISCOVER.