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Indiana Fishing Report – September 17, 2020

Lake: Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing report: The conditions have been poor for much lake fishing due to north winds. Some coho and kings are nearshore looking to run up Burns Ditch and Trail Creek, although nearshore water temps are still warm so they will likely not be aggressive. Lots of freshwater drum are near the mouth of Burns Ditch. As the water cools the bass will turn on the fall feedbag, and perch will as well. 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 was retrieved for repairs and may not be redeployed this season https://glbuoys.glos.us/45170
Date updated: 9/17/2020 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. Although a good push of fish went up the tributaries, harbor temps have been a bit warm for reliable action. A few salmon were caught casting rattling crankbaits and glow spoons at night. 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.
Date updated: 9/17/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)
Fishing report: With a bit cooler weather and a little rain last week, a decent push of cohos and a few kings entered Trail Creek and Little Cal/Salt Creek. Most of the salmon were cohos, but a few big kings were mixed in along with a few steelhead. Water temps are hovering in the mid 60s, which is marginal for producing a good run and bite. Fish will often bite best early in the morning when the temps are usually lowest. Anglers reported seeing fish move on Salt Creek and Trail Creek, but the bite was tough. Remember, due to the rotating chinook stocking in 2017 and 2018, the 3 year old kings (15-25 pounds) are running in Trail Creek this year, and 2 year olds (6 to 15 pounds) are running in the Little Cal. 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: 9/17/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)
Fishing report: Water temps finally fell below 70 degrees and over 500 trout and salmon arrived in South Bend this week. A good mix of coho and steelhead have been going through the ladders, with a lot more on the way. Brightly colored spinners and crankbaits are a good multi-species lure this time of year, and using skein or spawn for coho and steelhead is a tried and true tactic. With the river low and clear, focus on deeper runs and low light periods. Smallmouth bass are biting well on a variety of lures including topwater.
Date updated: 9/17/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Valpo Area Lakes
Fishing report: Some anglers reported good crappie action drifting twister tails or minnows on outside weed edges in early morning and late evening
Date updated: 9/14/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: LaPorte Area Lakes
Fishing report: A mixed bag of panfish are biting for those still out fishing, with red worms and crickets doing well for bluegills and minnows for crappies
Date updated: 9/14/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

Lake: Summit Lake
Fishing report: Anglers are currently reporting that they are catching: bluegill, bass, and crappie. Please contact the property for lake levels (765)766-5873. Fishing licenses are available for purchase at the Property Office. Property Office hours are 8:30-4:00 p.m. daily. Summit Lake State Park is located in Henry County, Indiana.
Date updated: 9/16/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: Central

 

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