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Turtle Creek Reservoir Popular Fish - Black Crappie

Black Crappie Fishing

Black crappie are biting in good numbers throughout Turtle Creek Lake, and they are averaging a very good size this year. Crappie fishing is an enjoyable way to spend the day on the lake. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water. White crappie, in smaller numbers, also make this lake their home.

Turtle Creek Reservoir Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

This year, largemouth bass are again a mainstay for locals and tournament anglers at Turtle Creek Reservoir. There is plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass, and the bass are fat and healthy. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. Other bass to be caught here include smallmouth bass and spotted bass.

Turtle Creek Lake Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish Fishing

As usual, a healthy population of channel cats populate the waters of Turtle Creek Reservoir. They can be found all around the lake, especially around creek channels. Fishing for channel catfish is often productive around any kind of structure in the area. Road beds, river channels and rocky points are all good places to begin. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with popular catfish baits. Other catfish in the lake include flathead catfish.

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish at Turtle Creek Reservoir in Indiana.

Turtle Creek Reservoir is a 1,500-acre lake in the southwest part of Indiana, 1 mile east of Merom. The lake has matured into an exceptional fishing lake and offers both quality and quantity to anglers. The lake remains warm through the winter, extending the growth and activities of all fish species in the lake. Plenty of shoreline fishing is available. Anglers with boats can fish the standing timber and vegetation in the lake, as well as points and structure.

Turtle Creek Reservoir, located in western Indiana, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts seeking a peaceful and rewarding angling experience. Spanning over 1,550 acres, this reservoir offers excellent fishing opportunities for both novice and experienced anglers. Turtle Creek Reservoir is known for its diverse fish population, making it a popular spot among local anglers.

Popular fish species found in the reservoir include largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, and walleye. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore or venture out onto the water in a boat to find their preferred fishing spots.

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Primary fish species residing in Turtle Creek Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish

Turtle Creek Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NO
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NO
Convenience Store: NO
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: NO

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Boating is another favored activity at Turtle Creek Reservoir, providing visitors with the chance to explore the tranquil waters and enjoy various water sports activities. Boaters can cruise along the reservoir, take in the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscape, and engage in activities such as water skiing or tubing. Turtle Creek Reservoir offers boat ramps and a marina, ensuring convenient access for boaters to launch their vessels and make the most of their time on the water.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Turtle Creek Boat Launch
Located on the southern shore of the lake, off West County Road 300 S, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Turtle Creek Reservoir

Trump30 Guide Service - crappie

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Fishing License

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While camping facilities may not be available directly at Turtle Creek Reservoir, there are nearby campgrounds and parks that provide camping options. These campgrounds offer both tent camping and RV camping, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in nature and enjoy a peaceful camping experience. Camping near Turtle Creek Reservoir provides an opportunity to wake up to beautiful lake views, explore hiking trails, and have convenient access to fishing and boating activities throughout the duration of their stay.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Palestine Campground - 618) 586-2147

Turtle Creek Reservoir, IN Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Turtle Creek Reservoir
5500 W. Old 54
Sullivan, IN 47882
812 356-4744


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Turtle Creek Reservoir in Indiana.

Crappie, bass and sunfish fishing in southwest IN.

Fishing at Turtle Creek Reservoir, in Indiana.