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Indiana Fishing Report – May 20, 2021

Crooked Lake (Steuben County)

A recent crappie survey on Crooked resulted in 159 crappie being collected ranging from 5.4 to 12.7 inches with 32% being 10 inches or larger. Additionally, 89 Walleye were also collected ranging from 9.5 to 24 inches. Most legal sized fish were collected in third basin.

Fish (Steuben County)

A recent largemouth bass survey documented some very nice fish, with the largest being 21 inches and 5 pounds

Fish/Royer (LaGrange County)

277 Largemouth Bass were collected in a recent survey that ranged from 7.1 to 19.9 inches. The majority of legal size fish were collected in Royer Lake.

Fox Lake

A recent survey conducted by Fisheries Biologist collected several Crappie, Bluegill and Redear Sunfish. Most Crappie ranged from 6-7 inches, but a few reached the 10 inch mark. Bluegill and Redear up to 9 inches were collected.

Lake Michigan (boat)

Silver fish have become more spotty in shallow water. Some boats went way offshore and had good success for cohos, but many boats were catching mostly lake trout in 60-100 feet. The Gong area out of East Chicago held good numbers of lake trout. Some skamania are showing up near Burns Harbor and Michigan City. A few jumbo perch have been caught in 40-70 feet – the spawn is starting to get underway. Smallmouth bass action has been good in protected areas and near structure/rip rap. The Michigan City Buoy is deployed and can be viewed at several websites, including and

Lake Michigan (shore)

Alewife were in at Portage and Michigan City, and skamania action was picking up with some very big ones caught on shrimp or live alewife. Freshwater drum and catfish are biting. Smallmouth in the marinas and near rip rap on plastics and jerkbaits.

Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)

A few very early running skamania have shown up in Trail Creek and Salt Creek, but expect to cover a lot of water and hope to get lucky. Trail Creek flow here: Little Calumet River here

LaPorte Area Lakes

With warm water, panfish spawns are happening with fish relating to spawning areas or staging in slightly deeper adjacent water. Red worms and small plastics have been doing well

Little Elkhart River in Middlebury

The DNR will be stocking 250 additional Rainbow Trout at CR16 in Middlebury prior to Memorial Weekend

Willow Slough (J.C. Murphey)

Bluegill and crappie fishing has been good, weed growth is becoming a factor.

Summit Lake

Anglers are currently reporting that they are catching: Bluegill: multiple sizes, Crappie: multiple sizes, Largemouth Bass: 2-7 lbs, Channel Catfish: up to 9 lbs, and Carp: multiple sizes. 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.

Dogwood Lake

Water temp is in the low to mid 60s. The creel clerk is reporting angler harvest is transitioning from Crappie to Bluegill . Bluegill and Redear should be spawning soon. Bass fishing is still good. Reminder: A new Check in system at all Fish&Wildlife areas require all visitors, including fishermen, to sign in and posess a comment card for the duration of their stay at the property.

Greene-Sullivan State Forest Lakes

Fishing is reportedly very good right now. Bluegill are in the early stages of spawning and Bass are hitting topwater lures. Cicadas haven’t been reported to have emerged yet, but expect fish to key in on them when they fall into the water. Greene Sullivan State Forest has numerous lakes with a diversity of sizes and depths. Water temp will likely vary between lakes.

Monroe Lake

ACOE is discharging at 908 CFS. The lake is currently 2.2 feet up. Water temps are in the low 60s. Anglers are targeting Bass and Crappie. As the water levels return to summer pool check out the 11 acres of Fish Habitat sturctures up Lake from the Cutright boat ramp

Shakamak State Park

Bluegill and Redear are on spawning beds. Crappie are still biting. The catfish and bass bites are heating up.

West Boggs Lake

Water temp is in the mid 60s. Bluegill fishing is getting hot while the crappie bite is tapering off. Bass are starting to bed. Catfish should be moving up into the coves soon. There is an ongoing crappie tag return study looking at size and number of crappie harvested. Anglers are strongly encouraged to return the small plastic tag in the Tag boxes at the boat ramp if the crappie was harvested.

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