WCO Guide Service - Tippecanoe River

Indiana's Most Diverse Fly Fishing Experience!

WCO has been guiding the Tippacnoe River since 1996. According to the Nature Conservancy the Tippecanoe River is the 6th most biologically diverse river in North America. The numbers of game species is staggering. Smallmouth Bass are the predomiante species we pursue but there are certainly plenty of other critters to keep it interesting.

Here is a list of some of the species in the Tippy: Smallmouth, Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Longear, Bluegill, White Bass, Wipers, Walleye, Sauger, Northern Pike, Musky, Rock Bass and a few we are forgetting. There are also a number of endangered species of darters, smaller fishes and freshwater muscles. Noe of this exists without great water quality. To put it clearly the Tippy is a special place.


The Tippy is 182 miles long and is fed by 88 natural lakes in the northern part of Indiana. We guide 2 different parts of the Tippecanoe River. We guide a couple of sections down stream of Winimac State Park and a couple of sections below Oakdale Dam to the Wabash River. The lower section is primarily a Smallmouth fishery with the aforementioned other critters. It is also a pretty good section to pursue a Musky. We have hooked several and landed none of them; it is a emerging Musky fisery. The sections below Winimac is a good Smallmouth fishery and a very good Pike fishery. There are some really big Smallmouth and Pike around 40 inches. 

If you are looking to book a trip the spring is a great time to fish the upper sections for Smallmouth and Pike. The lower sections are best fished from July on. the Tippy has two empounded lakes, Schafer and Freeman, with a dam that controls flow in the lower part. With high water early in the season we typically wait until flows get more consistent in July to fish the Tippy. The Tippy gives the angler the opportunity at a truly GIANT fish. Our largest Smallmouth landed is 6lbs 14 ozs. It also gives the anglers the opportunity to have a legit shot at a large Pike or Musky.

For more info email us at mike@wildcatcreekoutfitters.com

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