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Indiana Fishing Report – July 2, 2020

Lake: Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing report: Fishing continues to be good. The best silver fish concentrations seemed to be out of Portage and East Chicago, near the tri-state line, although it depends day to day. Mostly cohos with an occasional chinook and steelhead mixed in for those running a dodger/fly program with a couple deeper baits targeting kings and trout. 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. Some very big lake trout over 20 lbs have been caught by those bumping bottom with dodgers or spin doctors with flies/spin and glos. Those staying in close had good skamania action on some days, especially now that creek temps are warming and dissuading steelhead from going upstream. The thermocline is setting up nicely at about 45 feet as of Thurs July 2nd. Yellow perch are picking up at Portage and Michigan City in 15 to 35 feet. Best action was near the mouth of the Ditch, just east of the Donut, and by Black Ditch in Michigan City, but the fish were still a bit scattered. Some boats reported limits while drifting to cover water. Early in the morning is better if fishing shallower, as the perch may slide out deeper as the sun gets higher in the sky. FYI to Michigan City boaters over the holiday weekend- Washington Park boat ramps will be closed, so launch out of Trail Creek Marina. 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. The Michigan City buoy is now in the water, and has real-time wave and water temperature data https://glbuoys.glos.us/45170
Date updated: 7/2/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan (shore)
Fishing report: Skamania action has slowed down as the water warms. As usual, some days are better than others. Shimp and crawlers were doing well, but some anglers had success casting little cleos and KO wobblers in silver/blue, silver/green, and orange colors. Freshwater drum action has been outstanding, especially at Portage and Michigan City. A few perch were caught in Michigan City using minnows on the bottom
Date updated: 7/2/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)
Fishing report: The hot weather has slowed down the fishing action. Try finding areas with colder water to find concentrations of fish. With water warm, 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: 7/2/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)
Fishing report: Skamania action is almost nonexistent with water temps way too hot. We are in full summer pattern for bass, walleye, and catfish. Crankbaits and jerkbaits are a good multi-species technique this time of year
Date updated: 7/2/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: ALL
Fishing report: Remember that the license extention ended June 30th, so if you haven’t bought your 2020 license yet, now is the time! Buy at license retailers or online here https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/9339.htm
Date updated: 7/2/2020 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: 7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: Central

Lake: ALL
Fishing report: Remember that the license extention ended June 30th, so if you haven’t bought your 2020 license yet, now is the time! Buy at license retailers or online here https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/9339.htm
Date updated: 7/2/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South

 

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