Mississinewa River

Details

Location:
Eaton, IN
United States United States
Coordinates:
40.3259, -85.3497
Distance:
100 Miles
Description:

The Mississinewa River is a tributary of the Wabash River in eastern Indiana and a small portion of western Ohio in the United States. It is about 100 mi (160 km) long. Via the Wabash and Ohio Rivers, it is part of the Mississippi River watershed.

After rising near the Indiana state border in northwestern Darke County, Ohio the Mississinewa flows for the remainder of its course in Indiana. It initially flows westward in a heavily straightened and channelized course through northern Randolph and Delaware Counties; it turns northwestward in Delaware County and flows through Grant, Wabash and Miami Counties. It joins the Wabash River from the south in Miami County, about 2 mi (3 km) east of Peru.

Along its course the Mississinewa flows past the towns of Ridgeville, Albany, Eaton, Matthews, Jonesboro, Gas City and Marion.

Great smallmouth bass fishing!

Cover/Structure:

The corridor of the river is predominately lined with sycamore and cottonwood trees.

Tips/Tactics:

Beneath the muddy stain of the Mississinewa River are enough smallmouth bass to satisfy your late-season need for these feisty bronze-colored battlers.

In the fall, bronzebacks take their second run of the year to the dam at Mississinewa Reservoir. They can be caught up and down the stretch of shoreline near Marion, where shore access is good.

Tracy Livingston of Riverside Sports in Marion said the best way to get them on the line is to come equipped with a variety of baits.

Livingston recommended bass minnows and small chubs worked under a bobber on the live bait side, depending on how aggressive the fish are. The list of artificial baits that will get the attention of Mississinewa smallmouths is long. Pre-rigged Anise worms in purple and white or purple with the fire tail are also local favorites. Crayfish-imitating crankbaits are popular, as are Roadrunner spinners. And 4-inch tube jigs in watermelon shouldn't be overlooked, Livingston said.

"It all depends on the water clarity," said Livingston, who recommended natural colors when the water is dirtier, brighter baits when clarity is good.

"The rain fluctuates the water clarity so much," Livingston said. "I always start out with a darker bait."

When it rains, the Mississinewa can get pretty muddy. Even when the water is at its clearest, it's not very transparent. Still, smallmouth bass, often thought of as clean-water fish, are plenty abundant in this waterway. There are also plenty of white bass and crappies that are likely to snatch up the same offerings.

Most anglers will wade the river, working their baits along the channel breakline, which is often about 5 feet from the shore. Anglers do best to work the eddies and drift their baits through the ripples.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Swimming Area, State campground, Shore fishing access, State picnic area, Camping, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating
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Map

Map for 40.3259, -85.3497
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Fishing Reports

Patrick Nevers
over 3 years ago (08/22/2011)

Mississinewa River Fishing Report 08.22.11

Take your pick on what you wanna catch, & the time you want to go. It's fun, all of the time! My son & I have caught drums, sm. mouth, & even a 3 ft. gar! Mepp's, black fury#2, rooster tails, & shallow diving crank minnow baits! I wish I could tell you I caught a northern pike, but he got away, with my rapela minnow, he did a little tail dance on the water, bent his head to the right & then SNAP! broke my 12lb.test line! We have went fishing all times of the day, & have...

Fish

Largemouth-240-fw

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
Rockbass-240-fw

Bass, Rock (Ambloplites rupestris)

Freshwater
301
Smallmouth-240-fw

Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu)

Freshwater
Bluegill-240-fwsw

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Freshwater
Carpcommon-219-fwsw

Carp, Common (Cyprinus Carpio)

Carpgrass-240-fw

Carp, Grass (Ctenopharyngoden idella)

Freshwater
93
Bluecatfish-240-fw

Catfish, Blue (Ictalurus furcatus)

Freshwater
322
Flatheadcatfish-240-fw

Catfish, Flathead (Pylodictis olivaris)

Freshwater
635
Fish_1802398517_speid373

Catfish, Shovelnose (Sorubim lima)

Freshwater
8
Blackcrappie-240-fwsw

Crappie, Black (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

Garlongnose-240-fwsw

Gar, Longnose (Lepisosteus osseus)

67
Northernpike-240-fwsw

Northern Pike (Esox lucius)

Freshwater
Fish_1116236325_speid54

Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Guides

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Lodges

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Tournaments

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