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Indiana Fishing Report – December 31, 2020

Lake: Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing report: Perch fishing has remained good in the Cal Park area in slips and up the river, although this is outside of the reciprocal zone so anglers launching in Indiana would need an Illinois license to fish there. Lake trout were caught by trollers and jiggers at the Port of Indiana and near the mouth of Burns Ditch. A few coho have been caught near tributary mouths or in the lower reaches, and anywhere wamer water enters the lake. Conditions are difficult recently with large waves and icy access, so use caution when fishing. 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: 12/31/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: All inland waterbodies
Fishing report: We are in limbo between open water and ice fishing on most lakes. Weather has not been cold enough for widespread ice thick enough for ice fishing in most areas, but is prohibiting boat fishing on lots of lakes. Fishing reports will be slow until more widespread ice fishing can occur.
Date updated: 12/31/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: Lake Michigan (shore)
Fishing report: Shore access has been difficult given wind and waves, and below freezing temps causing ice on piers and breakwalls. Use extrem caution if going fishing. Some lake trout have been caught by shore at the mouth of Burns Ditch, and a few early coho have been caught from piers and lakefront fishing spots. Whitefish have been spotty but a few caught on single eggs.
Date updated: 12/31/2020 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. The water is low and fairly clear, which in combination with cold temps can make fishing tough. 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: 12/31/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North
Lake: St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)
Fishing report: With cold weather the fishing has slowed down to a crawl. 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. 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: 12/31/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: North

Lake: All waterbodies
Fishing report: We are in limbo between open water and ice fishing on most lakes. Weather has not been cold enough for widespread ice thick enough for ice fishing in most areas, but is prohibiting boat fishing on lots of lakes. Fishing reports will be slow until more widespread ice fishing can occur
Date updated: 12/31/2020 12:00:00 AM
Region: Central

 

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