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Northern Indiana Fishing Report – Jan. 9, 2020

Lake: Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing report: When conditions allow, boaters have been catching good numbers of perch in the Cal Harbor area on minnows. Coho fishing has been very good for trollers, using normal springtime tactics such as small spoons and crankbaits. Remember to measure fish as many are close to the legal minimum size (14″). Focusing on areas that have the warmest water has been key. Remember to check the wave forecast before planning a trip – http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/marine/gtlakes.htm. Click on the map of the USA to enlarge, and then click on the red dot near Chicago. Then select the area of the lake you are planning on fishing to obtain the local wave forecast.
Date updated: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan (shore)
Fishing report: Coho fishing has been very good at times, especially during warm ups. The best action has been at Portage Lakefront Park and the lower part of Burns Ditch, but Michigan City anglers have been catching coho in the harbor, and out on the pier when conditions allow. Skein and shrimp under bobbers, minnows, and casting spinners and spoons have been productive. Remember to measure fish, as many are close to the legal minimum size (14″).
Date updated: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)
Fishing report: Fresh steelhead arrived with the brief warmup and rain. Salt, Little Cal, and Trail Creek all have fish, with Little Cal having the most as of this week. Look for the warmest water this time of year. Jigs/waxworms shine in cold water, along with beads. Spinners worked slowly through deeper spots can be a good tactic as well. The coho have been thick at times in the lower part of Burns Ditch up to the Y with Salt Creek, and in Trail Creek as well. Trail Creek flow here: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?04095300 Little Calumet River here https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=04094000
Date updated: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)
Fishing report: Water temps are limiting fish movement, so there are very few fresh fish arriving. However, there are still a decent amount of steelhead to be caught. From September through December 2019, a total of 2,424 steelhead went through the South Bend Fish Ladder, which is almost exactly average for the past 10 years. Anglers have been finding success with beads, spawn, and plugs. Remember, with cold water it can help to downsize your presentation and focus on fishing during the warmer weather and later in the day
Date updated: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: All Inland Lakes
Fishing report: With yo-yoing weather, many lakes have been stuck in purgatory between open water fishing and ice fishing. When lakes have been ice-free, some anglers have been getting out in their boats and catching panfish in the normal ice fishing areas
Date updated: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Mississinewa Reservoir
Fishing report: Water levels are near winter levels and there are crappie to be caught in the Red Bridge area. Try minnows or tube jigs under a bobber. Keep an eye on the weather as rain on Jan 10-12 is forecast and will likely change water conditions
Date updated: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

— Indiana DNR

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