Monroe Reservoir – South Central Indiana

Approximately 65 miles South of Indianapolis
10,750 acres of water
Target Fish: Hybrid Striped Bass (Wipers)

 

Note: I launch at the Four Winds Marina area, as this is closest to the areas that I have found to be the best fishing. The directions to Four Winds Marina are as follows:

 

Directions from Indianapolis:
  • South on SR 37 towards Bloomington. (Approximately 50 miles.)
  • Continue on SR 37 past Bloomington and towards Bedford. You will see a brown state park sign on the right side of SR 37 that says “Fairfax S.R.A.” and a sign to Smithville.
  • Turn left (East) onto this road and continue until you come to a four way stop sign. This will be Smithville.
  • Go through stop sign and continue to next stop sign. There should be a cemetery in front of you.
  • Turn right at this stop and continue on this road. This will take you to Four Winds Marina. There are 2 boat ramps at the marina. I use the one on the right side (New ramp).


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Raccoon Reservoir (Cecil M. Harden)-Western Indiana

Approximately 45 miles West of Indianapolis
2,060 acres of water
Target Fish: Striped Bass, White Bass

 

Note: I launch at Raccoon State Park as this has the best ramp and facilities for my guests. It is also closest to the areas I have found to be the best fishing. The directions to Raccoon State Park are as follows:

 

Directions from Indianapolis:

From the West side of Indianapolis, take Rockville Road West –(U.S. 36) approximately 45 miles.
You will go through several small towns (Danville, New Winchester, Bainbridge) before you come to the lake.
You will cross the lake on a bridge.
The first boat ramp you will see after you cross the lake will be Hollandsburg. Do not turn here!
The next ramp is the State Park which will be on your left.
Turn into the State Park and continue to the boat ramp. The park road ends at the ramp.

 


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