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Indiana Fishing Report – September 10, 2021

Lake Michigan (boat)
Perch fishing slowed down with the changing water temps and unstable weather. Some staging kings were caught by Portage by those trolling the usual fall baits such as J-plugs and meat rigs. Some anglers reported action for coho and kings in Michigan City as well on the same general tactics. As always, changing weather patterns may change the temperature profile and fish may move significant amounts from the time reports are received to when anglers read them and go fishing. The Michigan City Buoy is deployed and can be viewed at several websites, including and
Lake Michigan (shore)
A few coho and kings, along with the odd steelhead, were caught by shore casters along the lakefront. Firetiger deep diving cranks, skein under bobbers, and glow spoons are all good presentations to try. The late evening/overnight/early morning bite is usually best. Upsize your gear as there are some chinooks in the 25-30 pound class around
Lake Michigan Tributaries (Trail Creek, Little Calumet River, Salt Creek)
With some cold water near shore and cooler creek temps, some early salmon and a few steelhead went up the tributaries. DNR staff have already observed more salmon this year than during all of last year, so the run is looking to be much better. Creek temps are pretty good but the flows are very low still. Trail Creek skamania broodstock collection is complete and the lamprey barrier will be in free passage mode until ice up. Trail Creek flow here: Little Calumet River here
St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)Fishing report:
Catfish, walleye, and bass are biting, along with panfish in the slower sections. Water temps are in the low 70s, and a few dozen steelhead showed up this week. Upcoming warm weather will make the river too warm for steelhead migration, although the bass action should pick up considerably as the water warms. Crankbaits, inline spinners, plastics, and topwater are all taking bass, and some very nice pike have been caught along with some decent walleye. As soon as the water cools under 70 degrees, a push of steelhead and coho should begin.
Summit LakeFishing report:Anglers are currently reporting that they are catching: Bluegill: up to 10 inches, Crappie: multiple sizes, and Largemouth Bass: 2-5 lbs 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.

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