Indian Lake is one of the best places in Ohio to catch saugeye, a walleye and sauger hybrid that the Ohio DNR stocks in the lake every year. This large, shallow, man-made lake was originally built in 1851 as a water supply reservoir, but has gained a reputation as a great recreational lake during the 20th century.
Size: 5,040 acres.
Depth: 12 feet.
Location: Logan County, about 25 miles south of the city of Lima.
Access: A large portion of the Indian Lake shore is accessible through Indian Lake State Park. The park provides docks, piers, several boat ramps and ample open shoreline. Privately owned marinas also operate on the lake.
Predominant Fish Species: Saugeye, largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish and white bass.
Special Regulations: No horsepower limits or other restrictions are currently in place. Statewide angling regulations are in effect, and a current Ohio fishing license is required.
Fishing Tips and Tactics: Despite its large size, Indian Lake is surprisingly shallow, with water levels that seldom exceed 6 feet throughout most of the lake. As a result, the best fishing generally takes place in the cooler months of spring and fall, when bass, sunfish and crappie congregate around near-shore cover. Saugeye fishing is also at its best in spring and fall, with some of the best fishing opportunities taking place in the Lakeview and Moundville areas, where anglers catch lots of 15- to 20-inch fish on jigs, diving crankbaits and worm harness rigs. Once the lake heats up in summer, focus on the Old Indian Lake area, near the eastern shore, which offers the deepest water in the lake. This area is also a prime winter ice fishing spot.