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Indiana Fishing Report – October 1, 2020

Lake: Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing report: Perch fishing was good last week but the cold front and high winds put an end to that for the time being. Wave action prohibited much fishing effort this week. Once things settle down, bass fishing should be good, and if we get stable weather good perch fishing may resume. In 3 or 4 weeks the lake trout will be near breakwalls and structure to spawn, and can be targeted trolling or jigging. 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: 10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan (shore)
Fishing report: Fishing has been pretty slow for just about everything. As the water cools, anglers targeting bass at the Port, East Chicago, and Hammond breakwalls should see some good action. A few perch were caught in Michigan City Harbor on minnows. Carp were biting in Michigan City and Burns Harbor this week. Effort was slowed by high winds and waves this week
Date updated: 10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)
Fishing report: Rain and colder weather sent a decent amount of coho and a few kings up the tributaries. Slightly cooler water temps also got the skamania holdovers biting a bit better in Salt Creek and Trail Creek. 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: 10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)
Fishing report: Water temps continue to fall and are finally reasonably cool for this time of year. A good mix of coho and steelhead have been going through the ladders, with a lot more on the way. During September over 1,500 trout and salmon have gone through the ladder, mostly coho but with a good number of steelhead as well. 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: 10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Cedar Lake
Fishing report: Biologists recently conducted a hybrid striped bass fish survey collecting 94 fish. The population was primarly 21 to 23 inch fish but was well represented throughout the size ranges. An impressive trophy length 28.4” fish was collected. Additionally 21 Walleyes were collected up to 26”. The fish were collected throughout the basin in water depth from 9 to 12 feet. It appears that they were mostly feeding on smaller White perch and gizzard shad. There were a lot of shad collected and shad balls observed on electronics. Most of the fish were collected in the upper portion of the water column. Water clarity is poor around a foot.
Date updated: 10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Bruce Lake
Fishing report: As water cools off the musky bite is picking up
Date updated: 10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

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