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Indiana Fishing Report – July 16, 2020

Lake: Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing report: Yellow perch action has been largely outstanding, especially near the mouth of Burns Ditch and the Donut in Portage, and near the State Park Pavillion, but also out of Michigan City near Black Ditch and also near the Condos north of the lighthouse. Last weekend’s winds shifted the thermocline and the action a bit deeper, with some anglers reporting success in 30-40 feet instead of the 15-20 feet they were fishing last week. Some anglers have reported great action in the evening too. Fishing continues to be mostly steady but not spectacular. Trout and salmon fishing had been somewhat steady but north winds on Thursday may change the pattern if it disrupts the thermocline. 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. The thermocline has been very stable and relatively shallow, which helps in locating fish. 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: 7/16/2020 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. NOTICE: as of Thursday July 16th thru at least July 23rd Michigan City has announced they are closing Washington Park and the lighthouse pier to all traffic, including pedestrians – so anglers are advised to find alternate fishing locations.
Date updated: 7/16/2020 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: 7/16/2020 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: 7/16/2020 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: 7/16/2020 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: 7/16/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South

 

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