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Indiana Fishing Report – May 21, 2020

Lake: Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing report: Conditions have been a bit tough with frequent north blows muddying up the water. Those making it out are catching some large kings on flasher/fly setups and spoons on a variety of presentations, in 50-100 feet of water. Anglers have reported lots of lake trout mixed in, along with a few coho. Fish have been scattered so if you find a school it might be worth circling on it a few times before moving on to new water. 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: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan (shore)
Fishing report:  Last week a few early skamania were caught in Michigan City Harbor. Some shore anglers are catching smallmouth bass, carp, and channel catfish. Due to COVID-19 some access points may be closed. It is a good idea to call them directly before going.
Date updated: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)
Fishing report: Tribs were blown out much of the week so not much to report. A few early skamania steelhead should show up soon. 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: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: All Bodies of Water (COVID-19 UPDATE)
Fishing report: Please be aware that Indiana DNR is receiving fewer fishing reports than normal during the recent COVID-19 outbreak. For up-to-date information on DNR properties and procedures in response to COVID-19, visit http://on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19.
Date updated: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)
Fishing report: Almost 12,000 steelhead have gone through the South Bend Fish Ladder this spring, a record amount. The run is wrapping up very quickly but there are still a few stragglers around. Steelhead should be totally done soon, with warm weather on the horizon and fast-rising water temps. Smallmouth bass and walleye are hitting as well, along with channel catfish on cut bait
Date updated: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Bass Lake
Fishing report: Bass Lake surface temp ranged from 60 to 63F, the crappie bite is going on. Anglers were primarily catching suspended fish over deep basin especially between the north and south basin. Some anglers were in the pocket but unknown success. Trolling was a valuable tactic to catch fish around the deep hole key speed between 1.3 and 1.8 mph. Don’t expect big fish – the majority are 9 to 10 inches
Date updated: 5/7/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Trout Streams
Fishing report: Trout opener is this weekend, and all trout stockings have proceeded as scheduled. Check out https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-trout_stocking_plan.pdf to see where stockings occurred
Date updated: 4/24/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Mississinewa
Fishing report: Fishing has been good for crappie and white bass. Lake level is at 728 (9′ below summer pool). Lake experiencing mostly clear water conditions. Lake tailwater temperature is in the low 50’s. Call 765-473-6528 for additional information on lake conditions. Motorized Lake Permit stickers are $25.00.
Date updated: 4/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Winona Lake
Fishing report: Water temperatures ranged from 51 degrees (main lake) to 58 degrees (northwest bay) White bass and crappie are biting on a variety of lures including live minnows under a bobber and in-line spinners casting the shallows in 3-8 ft of water.
Date updated: 4/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Bruce Lake
Fishing report: Last week we received reports of good water clarity and a hot muskie bite. The warm weather with rain might change the clarity. For fishing locations try especially near the lily pads on the north side of the lake.
Date updated: 4/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Wawasee
Fishing report: Water Temperature is in the high 50s. Crappie and Largemouth Bass were biting on crappie minnows under a float bobber. Good areas to check out are in 3-10 ft of water on wind blown shorelines and points.
Date updated: 5/8/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Pigeon River in LaGrange County below Nasby Dam and Ontario Dam
Fishing report: A surplus of rainbow trout will give anglers additional trout fishing opportunities in northern Indiana over Memorial Day weekend, May 22 – 25.

Along with its planned stockings, the DNR will stock several additional sites for the holiday weekend. Find a list of planned stockings online at wildlife.IN.gov/5457.htm.
Although these stream sites are the only areas to receive additional trout in May, fish from the initial releases in late April are still available in most of northern Indiana’s trout streams.

The bag limit for trout in inland waters, other than Lake Michigan and its tributaries, is five fish per day with a minimum size of 7 inches. No more than one of these can be a brown trout. In addition, brown trout taken from the Oliver Lake chain and Brookville tailwater must be at least 18 inches in length.

Anglers 18 years and older need an Indiana fishing license and a Trout/Salmon Stamp Privilege to fish for trout. Per Indiana Executive Order, 2019-20 annual licenses and stamps, including fishing licenses and Trout/Salmon Stamp Privileges, are valid until June 4. Licenses and stamps can be purchased online at on.IN.gov/INhuntfish.

DNR is striving to ensure the safety of the public and staff during this time. As stocking trucks are on the road and stocking fish, please remember to practice social distancing. While enjoying the outdoors, please also remember to avoid congregating in groups, on trails, in parking lots or at other common areas.

Date updated: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

Lake: Fawn River in Steuben County behind Fawn River State Fish Hatchery
Fishing report: A surplus of rainbow trout will give anglers additional trout fishing opportunities in northern Indiana over Memorial Day weekend, May 22 – 25.

Along with its planned stockings, the DNR will stock several additional sites for the holiday weekend. Find a list of planned stockings online at wildlife.IN.gov/5457.htm.
Although these stream sites are the only areas to receive additional trout in May, fish from the initial releases in late April are still available in most of northern Indiana’s trout streams.

The bag limit for trout in inland waters, other than Lake Michigan and its tributaries, is five fish per day with a minimum size of 7 inches. No more than one of these can be a brown trout. In addition, brown trout taken from the Oliver Lake chain and Brookville tailwater must be at least 18 inches in length.

Anglers 18 years and older need an Indiana fishing license and a Trout/Salmon Stamp Privilege to fish for trout. Per Indiana Executive Order, 2019-20 annual licenses and stamps, including fishing licenses and Trout/Salmon Stamp Privileges, are valid until June 4. Licenses and stamps can be purchased online at on.IN.gov/INhuntfish.

DNR is striving to ensure the safety of the public and staff during this time. As stocking trucks are on the road and stocking fish, please remember to practice social distancing. While enjoying the outdoors, please also remember to avoid congregating in groups, on trails, in parking lots or at other common areas.

Date updated: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

Lake: Little Elkhart River in Elkhart County at River Bend Park in Middlebury
Fishing report: A surplus of rainbow trout will give anglers additional trout fishing opportunities in northern Indiana over Memorial Day weekend, May 22 – 25.

Along with its planned stockings, the DNR will stock several additional sites for the holiday weekend. Find a list of planned stockings online at wildlife.IN.gov/5457.htm.
Although these stream sites are the only areas to receive additional trout in May, fish from the initial releases in late April are still available in most of northern Indiana’s trout streams.

The bag limit for trout in inland waters, other than Lake Michigan and its tributaries, is five fish per day with a minimum size of 7 inches. No more than one of these can be a brown trout. In addition, brown trout taken from the Oliver Lake chain and Brookville tailwater must be at least 18 inches in length.

Anglers 18 years and older need an Indiana fishing license and a Trout/Salmon Stamp Privilege to fish for trout. Per Indiana Executive Order, 2019-20 annual licenses and stamps, including fishing licenses and Trout/Salmon Stamp Privileges, are valid until June 4. Licenses and stamps can be purchased online at on.IN.gov/INhuntfish.

DNR is striving to ensure the safety of the public and staff during this time. As stocking trucks are on the road and stocking fish, please remember to practice social distancing. While enjoying the outdoors, please also remember to avoid congregating in groups, on trails, in parking lots or at other common areas.

Date updated: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

Lake: Mill Creek in Fulton County at Lakeside Park in Rochester
Fishing report: A surplus of rainbow trout will give anglers additional trout fishing opportunities in northern Indiana over Memorial Day weekend, May 22 – 25.

Along with its planned stockings, the DNR will stock several additional sites for the holiday weekend. Find a list of planned stockings online at wildlife.IN.gov/5457.htm.
Although these stream sites are the only areas to receive additional trout in May, fish from the initial releases in late April are still available in most of northern Indiana’s trout streams.

The bag limit for trout in inland waters, other than Lake Michigan and its tributaries, is five fish per day with a minimum size of 7 inches. No more than one of these can be a brown trout. In addition, brown trout taken from the Oliver Lake chain and Brookville tailwater must be at least 18 inches in length.

Anglers 18 years and older need an Indiana fishing license and a Trout/Salmon Stamp Privilege to fish for trout. Per Indiana Executive Order, 2019-20 annual licenses and stamps, including fishing licenses and Trout/Salmon Stamp Privileges, are valid until June 4. Licenses and stamps can be purchased online at on.IN.gov/INhuntfish.

DNR is striving to ensure the safety of the public and staff during this time. As stocking trucks are on the road and stocking fish, please remember to practice social distancing. While enjoying the outdoors, please also remember to avoid congregating in groups, on trails, in parking lots or at other common areas.

Date updated: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

Lake: Spy Run Creek in Allen County at Franke Park
Fishing report: A surplus of rainbow trout will give anglers additional trout fishing opportunities in northern Indiana over Memorial Day weekend, May 22 – 25.

Along with its planned stockings, the DNR will stock several additional sites for the holiday weekend. Find a list of planned stockings online at wildlife.IN.gov/5457.htm.
Although these stream sites are the only areas to receive additional trout in May, fish from the initial releases in late April are still available in most of northern Indiana’s trout streams.

The bag limit for trout in inland waters, other than Lake Michigan and its tributaries, is five fish per day with a minimum size of 7 inches. No more than one of these can be a brown trout. In addition, brown trout taken from the Oliver Lake chain and Brookville tailwater must be at least 18 inches in length.

Anglers 18 years and older need an Indiana fishing license and a Trout/Salmon Stamp Privilege to fish for trout. Per Indiana Executive Order, 2019-20 annual licenses and stamps, including fishing licenses and Trout/Salmon Stamp Privileges, are valid until June 4. Licenses and stamps can be purchased online at on.IN.gov/INhuntfish.

DNR is striving to ensure the safety of the public and staff during this time. As stocking trucks are on the road and stocking fish, please remember to practice social distancing. While enjoying the outdoors, please also remember to avoid congregating in groups, on trails, in parking lots or at other common areas.

Date updated: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

Lake: Noble County Lakes
Fishing report: Most lakes are in the 60s for water temps, and pre-spawn bass are being caught. Plastic worms and ned rigs worked slow are a good option this time of year
Date updated: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Whitley County Lakes
Fishing report: Most lakes are in the 60s for water temps, and pre-spawn bass are being caught. Plastic worms and ned rigs worked slow are a good option this time of year
Date updated: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: All Bodies of Water (COVID-19 UPDATE)
Fishing report: Please be aware that Indiana DNR is receiving fewer fishing reports than normal during the recent COVID-19 outbreak. For up-to-date information on DNR properties and procedures in response to COVID-19, visit http://on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19.
Date updated: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: Central
Lake: Cecil M. Harden/Raccoon SRA
Fishing report: The reservoir is 6 feet from summer pool level. The main ramp and Mansfield ramp are open. Folks report catching crappie and white bass. 750 rainbow trout were stocked in the tailwaters.
Date updated:
Region: Central
Lake: Summit Lake
Fishing report: Anglers are currently reporting that they are catching: Bluegill: 6–10 inches, Largemouth Bass 3-5 lbs, and Crappie: several sizes. Summit Lake State Park is located in Henry County, Indiana.
Date updated: 5/17/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: Central
Lake: All Bodies of Water (COVID-19 UPDATE)
Fishing report: Please be aware that Indiana DNR is receiving fewer fishing reports than normal during the recent COVID-19 outbreak. For up-to-date information on DNR properties and procedures in response to COVID-19, visit http://on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19.
Date updated: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South
Lake: Greene Sullivan State Forest
Fishing report: Mike at The Old School Trading Post Reports: The crappie bite just keeps getting better as the weather warms, take advantage of the great fishing before the spawn! Crappie jigs in bright colors and minnows are working well. Trout have been stocked in Airline and Midland Lakes and are being caught using Berkley trout dough or nightcrawlers. Seeing some pictures of some big ol hog bass being caught on a variety of baits, we encourage catch and release of these big females so they can spawn and keep the population up, smaller bass eat better anyway. Bluegill are starting to bite with the bigger ones still being caught on the bottom with worms. Cudos to the Indiana DNR and the State of Indiana for recognizing the benefits of being in the outdoors fishing, camping, hiking and mushroom hunting during these trying times. What better way to practice social distancing, get those kids out of the house and catch some fresh fish for dinner!!
AS Always Good Fishing

Date updated: 4/2/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South

Lake: Trout Streams
Fishing report: Trout opener is this weekend, and all trout stockings have proceeded as scheduled. Check out https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-trout_stocking_plan.pdf to see where stockings occurred
Date updated: 4/24/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South
Lake: West Boggs
Fishing report: Creel clerk reports 40-50 trailers in the parking lot on sunny days and an increase in crappie tags returned. The fishing must be heating up. DNR employess netted a lot of big Channel Catfish this winter. Water temp: 58 degrees.
Date updated: 4/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South
Lake: Dogwood
Fishing report: Dogwood is seeing an increase in anglers. The panfish should be biting. Surface temp. 59 degrees.
Date updated: 4/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South

 

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