Don’t make the mistake most bass anglers make come fall and exchange your bait-casting outfits for firearms and hunting gear. You’ll miss out on one of the peak bites in Indiana. Lake Monroe, located hard against the Hoosier National Forest in the south-central part of the state, offers a great chance at the trifecta of bass in October: largemouths, smallmouths and hybrid stripers. Summer rules still apply. Bass prowl favorite haunts in search of food, making them as vulnerable to the right lure in October as they were in June. Monroe measures nearly 11,000 acres, with ample launch ramps dotting the shoreline and easy access via State Route 446. Contact: Lake Monroe Visitors Center (812-837-9546).