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Indiana Fishing Report – July 31, 2020

Lake: Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing report: Yellow perch action was disrupted by winds and the thermocline moving all over the place. Once wind and waves allow, check the buoy link below to see where the temp break is, and fish shallower than that. With rapidly changing thermocline, it’s helpful to periodically check the buoy data while fishing to make sure it hasn’t shifted substantially. Trout and salmon fishing continues to be mostly steady but not spectacular. Skamania are being caught by trollers, especially outside Burns Ditch and the Port, early in the morning with mag spoons on riggers, dipsys, and leadcore on boards. Most are 3 year old fish in the 6-10 pound range, but a few bruisers are in the mix too. Otherwise, most targeting trout and salmon are going offshore to 90+ feet and catching a mixed bag with mostly lake trout but occasional coho and kings. 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: 7/31/2020 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. North winds will make pier fishing difficult with building waves though, so keep an eye on lake conditions. Freshwater drum continue to be caught in Portage and Michigan City. Rock bass and smallmouth, along with a few perch caught in Hammond. Catfish bite has picked up too in Michigan City and in Burns Ditch. NOTICE: 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. The access sites by the Michigan City DNR office and by the Coast Guard are still open
Date updated: 7/31/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)
Fishing report: Cooler weather may mean some more fish coming into the tribs, especially if we get rain. Water temps are finally cool enough that fish may start biting more readily. Try finding areas with colder water to find concentrations of fish. With water warm, low and clear, fishing early morning 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: 7/31/2020 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: 7/31/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

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, Walleye: Various sizes, 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: 7/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: Central

Lake: Dogwood Lake
Fishing report: water temp is in the upper 80s, bluegill and bass are being caught in the shallows in the evening
Date updated: 7/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: south
Lake: Shakamak State Park
Fishing report: Channel cats are being caught at Lenape Lake and crappie have been biting at all three lakes. Lake Temp upper 80s
Date updated: 7/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South
Lake: West Boggs Lake
Fishing report: lots of Largemouth Bass over 14 inches being caught and released. Bluegill are also being harvested in big numbers. Water temp is in the upper 80s
Date updated: 7/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: south
Lake: Monroe Lake
Fishing report: Water temp is in the mid to upper 80s, bluegill are in close to shore in timbered cover. Largemouth bass fishing as been good all year. Anglers are trolling for hybrid striped bass. Crappie and yellow bass are being caught trolling in open water.
Date updated: 7/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South

 

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