When visiting Noble County, chances are high that you are a stone’s throw away from one of the area’s 117 lakes. Surrounded by immense natural beauty and rich history, Noble County, Indiana is well known for its endless ice fishing possibilities. 

Bear Lake – Near Tri-Lakes. Noble Lake is best known for its sunfish, bass, and pike fish. However, what’s excellent about Bear Lake is its fish variety. An ice angler can find anything on Bear Lake, home to perch, warmouths, crappies, pumpkinseeds, and bullheads.  One hundred thirty-six acres in size, Bear Lake is a little over 6 miles from Tri-Lakes in Noble County. 

Cree Lake – Near Kendallville. 76 acres in size, Cree Lake is about five miles north of Kendallville and is an ice-fishing hot spot. This lake has received plenty of nods for being one of the best – if not the best – lakes for ice fishing in the area. Various fish can be pulled from these waters, including rock bass, warmouth, perch, bullhead, bowfin, pickerel, crappie, bluegill, gar, largemouth bass, and northern pike.  That said, bluegills and largemouth bass are the dominant catch at Cree Lake. 

Sylvan Lake – In Rome City. In the heart of Rome City and spanning 669 acres in size, Sylvan Lake is the largest lake mentioned so far. When ice fishing here, walleyes, bluegills, largemouth bass, and white crappies are caught the most. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has stocked Sylvan with walleyes for many years. With many grown well past the minimum keeper size limit, some walleyes reach up to 25 inches!  

Enjoy Noble’s Fishing Grounds all year round.

The Fly-Fishing Here Is Top-Notch Too. With over 30 Department of Natural Resources access points, Noble County is also home to some incredible fly-fishing opportunities for those who don’t like to withstand the winter weather ice fishing is paired with. Take a boat or a kayak and pack your fishing gear to enjoy a relaxed day on any of Noble County’s waters. With 117 lakes in Noble County’s territory, the fishing here is truly some of the best.  If you’re flying to Noble County and are new to the sport but eager to try it out, consider booking with a fishing guide that can show you a great time.

If you’re going to give fly-fishing a whirl and travel to Noble County by car, a roof rack protects your fly rod, giving you peace of mind on the road. But most importantly, pack an ice cooler big enough for all you’re bound to catch this winter! 

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For those who aren’t avid anglers, Noble County offers a plethora of recreational opportunities waiting to be embraced. Explore the winter wonderland of Noble County with activities like cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, disc golf, and leisurely strolls, all set to ignite your sense of adventure.