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Indiana Fishing Report – November 25, 2020

Lake: Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing report:  Perch fishing has been excellent in the Cal Park area, with lots of boats out and lots of fish caught. Lake trout were caught by trollers and jiggers at the Port of Indiana. A few stray steelhead and brown trout are being caught as well by those trolling. 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.
Date updated: 11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

 

Lake: Lake Michigan (shore)
Fishing report: A few lake trout are being caught at nearly every shore spot with access to rip rap and breakwalls that attract lake trout. Deep diving cranks and blade baits, along with spinners or spoons worked slowly near the bottom are good bait choices. Whitefish action has been decent at the Mouth of Burns Ditch at Portage Lakefront Park and the Michigan City Pier. Use small chunks of skein or single eggs on the bottom for whitefish, as they are keying on lake trout eggs recently left by spawning lakers.
Date updated: 11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

 

Lake: Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)
Fishing report: The lower parts of the Little Calumet/Burns Ditch, and Trail Creek are giving up some winter run steelhead, although the action isn’t hot and heavy. A few skamania holdovers are scattered through the tributaries as well. Single eggs/beads, jigs and waxworms, and small spawn sacks are good baits this time of year as the water is colder and fish are more lethargic. 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: 11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

 

Lake: St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)
Fishing report: Fish passage numbers have not been updated recently due to staffing limitations. Steelhead action has been ok but not fast and furious. As the water has cooled, fish are transitioning to winter holding areas with moderate current. Anglers reported good success back bouncing spawn, and a few had success with plugs or beads under a float. Most fish are skamania holdovers but a few winter runs are showing up. Once water temps are below 40, fresh fish will be in short supply as they generally cease upstream migrations in cold temperatures. Look for warm spells with a bit of rain to shift fish around and get action going again
Date updated: 11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

 

Lake: Valpo Area Lakes
Fishing report: Panfish are transitioning to their winter patterns, near remaining green vegetation or suspending over deep basins and roaming mud flats. Think small and vertical with presentations, like tightlining a crappie minnow or redworm after marking a school of fish
Date updated: 11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

 

Lake: LaPorte Area Lakes
Fishing report: Bluegill and perch are moving toward their early-ice locations, so those who haven’t winterized their boats might think about checking those areas out with ice fishing tactics in mind
Date updated: 11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

 

Lake: Wawasee
Fishing report: The fall perch bite has been pretty good, look for transitions and weedlines, or search the flats for roaming schools. Search baits like jigging spoons can be deadly as the aggressive fall bite turns on, and live bait is always a great choice.
Date updated: 11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

 

Lake: Maxincuckee
Fishing report: The fall perch bite has been pretty good, look for transitions and weedlines, or search the flats for roaming schools. Search baits like jigging spoons can be deadly as the aggressive fall bite turns on, and live bait is always a great choice.
Date updated: 11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

 

Lake: Oliver/Olin
Fishing report: With cooler water temps, trout are active and scattered throughout the water column. Try trolling and covering water, while watching your electronics to figure out where the most fish are holding
Date updated: 11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

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