52 Pik-Up Gas Station
East Fork of Whitewater River in Indiana above Brookville Lake – FLOAT TRIP FROM BROWNSVILLE, IN TO LIBERTY, IN
For reasons I discovered on Thursday, August 8th, we cannot do the float that I originally planned. The access I had found last year turned out to not be suitable for putting in boats (5-foot drop off into an 8-foot deep hole – even though it looked good from the road). So … here’s the new plan …
If you want, meet for breakfast at the Liberty Bell Restaurant in Liberty, IN at 6:30AM – I drove it today in 1hour and 5 minutes keeping to the speed limit + 5mph (from 10:45AM-11:50AM).
One route is I-275 to Lawrenceburg Exit, follow IN-1 north to US-52. Turn Left and proceed to/past 52-Pickup.
Another route is I-275 to I-74 West to Exit 164 (IN-1). Turn right and follow to US-52. Turn Left and proceed to/past 52-Pickup. This route is quicker than going up IN-1.
Then follow US-52 through Brookvillle to IN-1/IN-101 (a little ways on the right past the McDonald’s) and follow IN-101 into/thru Liberty.
If you do not have an Indiana Fishing License … either stop at the 52-Pickup gas station and get a daily one or get it online athttps://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/9339.htm.
Meet in J’s DAIRY BAR parking lot in Liberty (on IN-44) at 7:30AM. We will drive west on IN-44 to the RAMP on Treaty Line Road (1st left past the IN-44 bridge going west). We will unload and prep all the boats then take all vehicles/trailers to the DUNLAPSVILLE RAMP, park the vehicles/trailers and return in one vehicle to the Treaty Line Ramp to launch and float down the river to the top end of Brookville Lake. This is still only a 3-mile float with lots of shoreline to fish.
Any 4-, 5- or 6-wt will be just fine. Flies – Anything that would resemble small shad or other minnow forage (silver or grey over white, light olive over white, etc) plus some flashabou or crystal flash. Smallmouth poppers, wooly-buggers, clouser minnows, hellgrammite patterns and other big nymphs.
We’ll check the river gauge at Abington (up-river) for the current flow and gage height (normal is around 200-250 (so if it’s much above that we may cancel). If the gage height is at or below 4’ and falling as of Thursday morning – (normal is just below 4′) the trip will likely be a go. It’s going to be hot and sticky so wear lightweight nylon or polyester clothes and plan to wade wet if you beach your boat.
For more info Contact Mike Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org
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