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Indiana Fishing Report – December 18, 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. Some days have been better than others and anglers should move around until they locate fish. Lake trout were caught by trollers and jiggers at the Port of Indiana. Cohos along with a few stray steelhead and brown trout are being caught as well by those trolling from the beach out to 50 feet of water, especially near tributary and harbor mouths. 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: 12/18/2020 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 hit or miss 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. A few early coho have been caught from piers and lakefront fishing spots.
Date updated: 12/18/2020 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. Finding warmer water, such as near groundwater input or industrial discharges, can offer fast action in the colder months. Typically the lower part of the Little Cal from the confluence with Salt Creek has that warmer water this time of year. There are some smaller immature steelhead and a few coho feeding in Burns Ditch, that can be aggressive at times. 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: 12/18/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

Lake: St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)
Fishing report: This fall and winter, 1,846 steelhead have gone through the fish ladder at South Bend. As cold weather has arrived, the water temp has plunged and the arrival of new fish has slowed down considerably in December. 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. Look for warm spells with a bit of rain to shift fish around and get action going again.
Date updated: 12/18/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

Lake: Glacial Lakes of NE Indiana
Fishing report: We are in the in-between period between open water and ice fishing, which means fishing access may be on pause for many area lakese. Bluegill are moving to their early-ice locations and can be targeted with presentations that are similar to ice fishing – vertical jigging, tightlining, slip bobbers – using live bait or small plastics or jigging spoons.
Date updated: 12/18/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

Lake: JC Murphey (Willow Slough)
Fishing report: The lake is closed to boat fishing for waterfowl season, but shore fishing is still allowed at designated spots
Date updated: 12/11/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

 

Lake: Dogwood Lake
Fishing report: East side of the lake will closed for waterfowl hunting 11/6 to 11/8 and the whole lake will be closed to fishing 11/27 to 2/15. Contact Glendale FWA for more information 812-644-7711
Date updated: 12/11/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: south

 

Lake: Patoka Lake
Fishing report: Current Lake Levels are sitting at 533.5, The USACE is currently letting out 721 cfs in outflow.  After some mild weather last week, we  have begun to see some of the coldest temperatures of the winter.  Expect temperatures in the low 40’s over the next few weeks.  With cooler temperatures expect to work baits slower.  All boat launches are open and available.  Work is being done on the South Ramp Dock inside Newton Stewart.
Date updated: 12/15/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: South

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