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Indiana Fishing Report – September 3, 2020

Lake: Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing report: The water temps have been poor for consistently finding trout and salmon, with nearshore holding too much warm water. Most boats seeking trout and salmon have been going to 100+ feet of water, and catching mostly lake trout, with occasional cohos and steelhead and a stray king or two. Check your lines frequently for small shaker coho, multiple boats reported dragging them for a long time and only finding them when they cleared lines for the day. As soon as colder water shows up near shore, look for staging coho and kings near Burns Ditch and Michigan City, as they are nearing the time of year where they make their spawning runs. Perch fishing has been slow since the thermocline was disrupted near shore. Bass fishing has been decent out of Hammond and East Chicago. Remember to check the wave forecast before planning a trip – https://www.weather.gov/marine/iwxmz. 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: 9/3/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan (shore)
Fishing report: The water temps have been on the warm side for trout and salmon. Catfish, carp, and drum have been caught, along with panfish in Burns Ditch, Hammond, and East Chicago harbors. Cut bait, stink bait, or crawlers has been producing for catfish. Kings and cohos will be looking to make their run as soon as the water cools off, so keep a close eye on the weather and water temps for that first push of fish
Date updated: 9/3/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)
Fishing report: Water temps are hovering in the upper 60s, which is marginal. Fish will bite early in the morning when the temps are usually lowest. 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. Or check out Salt Creek, which frequently has cold water and less fishing pressure than Trail. 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: 9/3/2020 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. Lots of bass and bluegill have been observed going through the South Bend Fish Ladder
Date updated: 9/3/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Syracuse Lake
Fishing report: During the week of 8/17/2020 DNR fisheries biologist completed a vegetation survey of Syracuse Lake. Submersed vegetation beds were detected to depths of 20 feet and were comprised of a diverse group of 12 native plant species. A dissolved oxygen profile indicates that the majority of fish will be located in depths no deeper than 18 feet. Fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, yellow perch, redear sunfish, and northern pike are particularly good at Syracuse Lake.
Date updated: 8/20/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Tippecanoe River
Fishing report: The Tippecanoe river has been producing quality smallmouth bass this summer. The low, clear water conditions make being stealthy a must but fish can be caught. Long float trips from Monterey to Warren bridge produced few but some large bass whereas from Warren to Haschels bridge had more fish but only a couple large fish. In addition to smallmouth, rock bass, largemouth and wipers can be caught. Key baits include minnow and crayfish presentations fished lightly to impart natural action.
Date updated: 8/14/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: West Lakes Chain
Fishing report: Anglers have been catching largemouth bass up to 4 lbs on the outside weed edges with plastics
Date updated: 8/20/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lime Lake
Fishing report: Water temperatures were around 80 degrees at the surface. Good-sized redear in the 7-9 inch range were taken in 6-10 feet of water. Anywhere with sand to weed transitions are good places to start. Red wigglers were the best choice, but try using a small hair jig to avoid catching small fish.
Date updated: 8/24/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Bass Lake (Starke County)
Fishing report: Few anglers have been fishing Bass Lake over the heat of the summer, despite the good spring bite for crappie and walleye. As of 8/28 the thermocline was 20 feet with a surface temperature 82 F and 80F at 20 ft with good oxygen levels. Fishing should pick up as the water cools. There are some vegetation beds in 3-8 feet of water in various locations primarily in the north basin.
Date updated: 9/3/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Maxinkuckee
Fishing report: Bass anglers are finding fish off shore. On calm mornings smallmouth bass were observed and caught by anglers as fish were surface feeding. One area to try was off the long point on the west side. It appeared the bass were keyed on small minnows. Additionally panfish anglers were having some luck in the channels but others were fishing the deeper vegetation edges. On 8/28/20 the thermocline at Maxinkuckee was at 26 feet. Unfortunately, Maxinkuckee has been invaded by Starry Stonewort so anglers are reminded to drain and clean their boats upon leaving the lake to reduce the spread of this species. Starry Stonewort is a quick colonizing algae that is currently occupying areas from 8 to 20 feet deep with plants extending upwards of 10 feet from the bottom.
Date updated: 8/31/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: North Chain (St. Joseph County)
Fishing report: Few anglers were fishing North Chain, those fishing were slow trolling panfish baits over the deep basin. A few anglers were using slip bobbers when aggregations of panfish were encountered. As of 8/28/20 the thermocline was at 14 feet. Unfortunately, North Chain has been invaded by Starry Stonewort and invasive mat forming algae. Throughout the lake the algae was encountered from 6 ft to 15 feet. The plant was only a few feet below the surface even in the deepest collections. Anglers are reminded to drain and clean their boats upon leaving the lake to reduce the spread of this species
Date updated: 8/31/2020 12:00:00 AM

 

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