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Indiana Fishing Report – June 19, 2020

Lake: Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing report: The recent south winds really cleared the water up nearshore. Better numbers of skamania are showing up staging near Portage and Michigan City in 30 to 80 feet depending on the day. Several boats had good catches of steelhead trolling near the lighthouse in Michigan City, or anchoring and floating shrimp or alewives near the breakwall and turning basin. There was a lot of bait around Michigan City in 15-25 feet midweek, which may be holding skamania nearshore. Orange and red spoons are standby lures for steelhead this time of year. 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. Orange, blue, and green spoons on lead/copper lines, and downriggers with free sliders have been good for just about everything. Flasher/fly setups on wire dipsy divers have also produced. Most boats were either staying close to target skamania, or heading offshore to 100+ feet of water to target coho and lake trout. Yellow perch are scattered near Portage and Michigan City in 15 to 50+ feet, but with the summer weather setting in they should school up and move close to shore any day now. 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: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan (shore)
Fishing report: Skamania continue to be caught at Portage Lakefront Park and Michigan City Harbor, especially near the DNR building and near the Coast Guard. As usual, some days are great and others are slow. Shimp and crawlers were doign well, but some anglers had success casting little cleos and KO wobblers in silver/blue, silver/green, and orange colors. Channel catfish and freshwater drum were also hitting pretty well.
Date updated: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)
Fishing report: Skamania are being caught in Trail Creek using shrimp, spawn, and spinners. Broodstock collection has started, and good numbers of skamania have showed up at the lamprey barrier. With water temps still reasonable, Salt Creek and Little Cal will have fish too. With water low and clear, fishing early morning or late evening is a good idea, as is downsizing baits. 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: 6/19/2020 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: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)
Fishing report: A few early Skamania steelhead made their way through the South Bend Fish Ladder last week. With warmer weather, the water temps are quickly rising about 70 degrees, which limits steelhead activity and desire to bite. Smallmouth bass and walleye are hitting as well, along with channel catfish on cut bait. Lots of channel catfish activity is happening right now surrounding their spawning period.
Date updated: 6/19/2020 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: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: Central
Lake: Summit Lake
Fishing report: Anglers are currently reporting that they are catching: Bluegill: up to 10 inches, Crappie: multiple sizes, Perch: up to 10 inches, and Largemouth Bass: 2-6 lbs. For more information, please call the property office at (765)766-5873. Fishing licenses can be purchased at the property office Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Summit Lake State Park is located in Henry County, Indiana.
Date updated: 6/14/2020 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: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South

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