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Indiana Fishing Report – July 10, 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. A few big kings have been caught as well. 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. Perch anglers have caught several skamania near Burns Harbor. Yellow perch action has been largely outstanding, especially near the mouth of Burns Ditch and the Donut in Portage, but also out of Michigan City. This weekend’s blow could change the pattern, but perch have been concentrated shallow, in 15-25 feet. Early in the morning is better if fishing shallower, as the perch may slide out deeper as the sun gets higher in the sky. Some anglers have reported great action in the evening too. 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: 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan (shore)
Fishing report: The water has been too warm for skamania, but cooler weather this weekend could offer a brief respite from the heat. Freshwater drum continue to be caught in Portage and Michigan City. Rock bass and smallmouth, along with a few perch caught in Hammond. Mid-week offered good perch action at Portage Lakefront Park fishing lakeside with minnows near the bottom.
Date updated: 7/10/2020 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 to nearly nonexistent. 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. With water temps over 68, please consider keeping all your catch as the steelhead will often die after being released in warmer water. 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: 7/10/2020 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: 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Valpo area lakes
Fishing report: We are in full blown summer fishing mode. Early and late in the day are best in the heat. Bluegill are suspended over deep water, or on the outside weed edges. Tightlining red worms or crickets, or slip bobbers are a good option. Deep diving cranks, chatterbaits, plastics on the outside weedlines, and frogs in the slop are good options for largemouth.
Date updated: 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: LaPorte Area Lakes
Fishing report: Warm water temps mean early morning topwater near weed edges for largemouth, and fishing bluegill in weed pockets or out suspended in deep water. Using electronics to find schools of gills and then slip bobbers is a great tactic .
Date updated: 7/10/2020 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: 7/10/2020 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: multiple sizes, Carp: upt to 33 lbs, 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: 7/8/2020 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: 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South
Lake: Patoka Lake
Fishing report: Channel and flathead catfish are biting on cut bait, punch bait, and live bait
Date updated: 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South

 

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