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Indiana Fishing Report – August 7, 2020

Lake: Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing report: The north blow earlier this week stacked warm water top to bottom out to 70+ feet, which disrupted pretty much all of the previous fishing patterns for all species. Boats targeting trout and salmon have been going out to deep water and catching mostly lake trout, with a few large chinooks and skamania mixed in. Perch fishing has been slow since the thermocline was disrupted near shore. Prior to the blow, some good skamania were caught at Burns Harbor and Michigan City, as there was a brief upwelling of cold water last weekend. 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: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan (shore)
Fishing report: Skamania action was briefly on fire last weekend as there was a cold upwelling of water. Hundreds of fish were caught Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately north winds quickly stacked warm water up and the skamania all shot upstream or offshore. Freshwater drum, catfish, and carp have been biting for those fishing live bait on the bottom. 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: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)
Fishing report: A large push of steelhead entered the tributaries this week, which are in great shape due to the cooler weather. Lots of fishing pressure is happening on Trail Creek – consider hitting some less popular access points to find fish that have not been targeted by tons of people. With water temps cool, a variety of baits has been working and fish were aggressive earlier in the week when they first showed up. When water temps are over 68, please consider keeping all your catch as the steelhead will often die after being released in warmer water. Trail Creek skamania broodstock collection is complete for the year and the Lamprey Barrier is in free passage mode until ice up. 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: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)
Fishing report: Skamania action is almost nonexistent with water temps still too warm. 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: 8/7/2020 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 and in the pads. 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: 8/4/2020 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 . Crappies have been biting on minnows on slip bobbers on the deep weed edge, or slow-trolled mini crankbaits or jigs and twister tails
Date updated: 8/4/2020 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: 8/7/2020 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, Walleye: Various sizes, and Largemouth Bass: 2-5 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: 8/4/2020 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: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South

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