6 miles east of Wallingford
Amenities at Ingham Lake include:
- Boat Access
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
|All lakes in the Spirit Lake District is ice free. Gill netting activities has started Monday, April 14th on Big Spirit Lake.|
|Crappie - No Report: Fish the submerged brush piles on warm sunny days using a minnow under a slip bobber will produce fish up to 11 inches. Once bullheads become active cast a mini jig and swim it back to the boat to find active fish.|
2014 INGHAM LAKE FISHING FORECAST
Due to the 2007/2008 winterkill at Ingham Lake; walleye anglers will require persistence and patience in order to catch quality (15.0 – 19.9 inches) sized fish; however, anglers will note an influx of stock (10 – 15 inches) size fish, approaching 12.0 inches in the catch. Excellent walleye growth, a common trademark of this lake, will boost the walleye population numbers and provide excellent opportunities for large fish in the next few years.
Crappie anglers fishing the shallow water habitat during April and May will catch fish comprised of white crappie approaching 12.0 inches during the upcoming spring 2014 season. Continued good growth of the crappie population will provide an upswing to the fishery as excellent number of black and white crappie 10 inches and larger will be available for the winter 2014 and spring 2015 season.
Channel catfish opportunities will be limited for the next few angling seasons at Ingham Lake. Continued good growth of the channel catfish stocked during 2012 will provide an upswing to the fishery during the 2016 season as numbers of angler acceptable size fish will be available. Anglers will need patience as limited opportunities will result in increased times between bites; however, persistence will be rewarded with good numbers of fish approaching 14 inches in the creel.
Secondary fish species like northern pike and yellow perch caught by anglers will be an occasional event.
“Bull headers” will experience excellent angling at Ingham Lake for several years with numerous angler acceptable size fish available.
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