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5 best places to fish in Indianapolis for smallmouth bass

There’s no better time to find some great places to fish for smallmouth bass in Indianapolis (or just a short drive from town). When the trout streams get too warm to fish, the smallmouth bass is still more than willing to grab small in-line spinners or a “match the hatch” offer on the end of your fly line.

Learn about five top Indianapolis and local angling spots for smallmouths.

1. Riverside Park

The pond at Riverside Park is one of the best spots in Indianapolis to fish for black bass with the kids – chances are you’ll also land a largemouth bass, catfish, or crappie here. Experienced anglers can launch ships with shallow drafts and non-motorized watercraft and fish the White River from the parking ramp on Broad Ripple Avenue.

2. Driftwood River, Columbus Parish

While the Driftwood River isn’t directly in Indianapolis City, the drive on I-65 takes less than an hour and can be worth the trip. If you’re wondering where to fish for black bass, this 16-mile river has a prime reputation for having multiple deep holes, a rocky bottom, and lots of wood structure.

3. Flatrock River

While it takes about 45 minutes to drive south of Indianapolis to get to the Flatrock River, it’s a worthwhile trip if you’re looking to catch black bass. You can use the canoe launch at Owens Bend Park north of Columbus and paddle to the US Hwy 31 bridge west of Columbus

4. Sugar Creek

If you take the 24-mile journey from Indianapolis to Sugar Creek, you’re likely to find smallmouth bass in abundance. Because of the river and the amount of rocks, it is considered to be one of the best smallmouth fishing spots in Indiana.

5. Big Blue River

This scenic Harrison County creek is less than an hour’s drive from Indianapolis. The Blue River is surrounded by lush forests and limestone cliffs and is best for canoeing or kayaking anglers. The deep corner pools, shallow slopes and large boulders create the ideal environment for black bass.

Find one of these best spots to fish for small bass in Indianapolis, get your Indiana fishing license online, pack your tackle, and charge the canoe.

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