SR 3 N of South Milford, 2.5 miles W on CR 700S, then one mile north on CR 550E.
At 308 acres Adams Lake is no giant, but it doesnt need size to draw anglers. Thats because its become known as a lake catering to the fishing public. Pressure from bass tournaments isnt too heavy, thanks to an access site which can only accommodate eight rigs in its parking area. Theres also strict limitation on recreational boating. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., recreational boaters, jet-skiers and water-skiers can speed around to their hearts content, but not the rest of the time. Outside those hours, speeding is banned. Thanks to this rule, anglers dont have to worry about snagging a water-skier during the prime morning and evening hours.
According to the DNRs 2005 survey, this lake supports a good sport fish population dominated by yellow perch, largemouth bass and bluegill. Yellow perch grow at an above-average rate for northern Indiana natural lakes. Largemouth bass abundance is low compared to similar size natural lakes, but the numbers appear to be increasing.
Water quality is moderate with visibility of up to 8 feet. This lake was stocked with walleye and tiger muskellunge fingerlings through 1990, but stocking has been discontinued for lack of success. Anglers report no muskellunge caught in recent years ,and there were no muskie present in the 2005 lake survey. However, there were a few walleye sampled during the survey.
As far as catchable fish, youll find decent numbers of nice bluegill, and fair numbers of crappie up to 17 inches. There are good-sized largemouth bass, running up to 18 inches, and solid numbers of yellow perch. In fact, yellow perch are the most abundant fish according to a 2005 DNR survey.
Aquatic vegetation has increased over the years. This is especially true near the inlet on the east side of the lake.
Ledges, dropoffs, channels, weedlines, holes
The channels on the lakes east side draw crappie and bluegill to their rapidly-warming waters in early spring, and theyre excellent places to try for crappie and bluegill at early ice. Small jigs tipped with a minnow will do nicely for crappie, and a waxworm on a jig should be the ticket for bluegill.
The big, shallow bay on the east end develops the best weeds on the lake as water warms and harbors bluegill and largemouth bass later in the year. Small, chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits or soft plastic lures fished along weedlines should get some bass action early. Toss surface lures like chuggers, walking baits or buzzbaits over weed tops in summer. Youll find bass along the west shore, too, where there are decent weeds and a nice drop into deep water . Youll want to work the inside turn at for both bigmouth and bluegill.
Underwater points which compose are good places to take yellow perch in summer. Youll find good perch action as well as excellent fishing for bluegill at the break off the big, shallow flat at. The lake also produces well in winter; you can take nice numbers of perch at the 30-foot level in the small bay at the southwest end . The 30-foot hole at is known as a good producer of bluegill through winter ice.