Lake Michigan (boat)
Fishing for silver fish had been excellent. Some very nice coho have been caught recently, with spoons and flasher/flies being the dominant presentations. Every port has had good fishing recently, from the tri-state area east over to the state line near New Buffalo. Good numbers of skamania were caughtlast week near the Port, and also by Michigan City. A few kings were in the mix as well as the usual lake trout. This week’s north winds have limited effort and started to disturb the very nice thermocline that was established. Look for perch fishing to pick up soon, especially with consistent southwest winds in the forecast next week.
Lake Michigan (shore)
Skamania were hit and miss, with some very good days and some very slow days depending on weather and harbor temps.It’s a good idea to check the harbor temperature if steelhead fishing, to make sure it is under 70 degrees. Shrimp and nightcrawlers under a bobber have been good when the fish are in, as are alewife on the bottom. Catfish are biting on cut bait and stink bait in the evenings, and freshwater drum are biting on live bait and a variety of lures. Some very large drum have been caught by those throwing crankbaits and spoons. Smallmouth in the marinas and near rip rap on plastics and jerkbaits.
Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)
Steelhead continue to come into the tributaries, with a steady number of fish coming up with the cooler weather and north winds pushing them into the creeks. Downsize baits and/or try out of the way spots to find less pressured fish.
Tri County Fish and Wildlife Area
Bluegill and bass are biting, and a great place to check out is Goldeneye Pond, which has a fishing pier and other shore access, and a lot of small bluegill – perfect for getting kids out fishing
Valpo Area Lakes
Summer patterns are here. Find the weedlines and shallow cover, and fish early and late in the day. Bluegill and bass are roaming the weed edges. Construction on the new Loomis Lake ramp is underway
Anglers are currently reporting that they are catching: Bluegill: up to 10 inches, Crappie: multiple sizes, and Largemouth Bass: 2-6 lbs.
Water temp is in the mid 80s. The creel clerk is reporting angler harvest is mostly Bluegill and Redear. Bass fishing is probably better in the morning and evening when temperatures are a little cooler.
ACOE is discharging at 1601 CFS. The lake is currently 3.6 feet above pool. Water temps are in the low 80s. The latest bass tournament had impressive catches. Hybrid striped bass, crappie, and yellow bass can be caught trolling.
Water temp is in the 80s. Bass and Bluegill can be found on shallow structure. Crappie and Saugeye can be caught trolling crankbaits above the thermocline.
West Boggs Lake
Water temp is in the low 80s. Bluegill can be found on nests. Bass fishing is probably better in the morning and evening before temperatures rise. Catfishing has been good with several 10lbs fish reportedly being caught in June. 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.