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Indiana Fishing Report – February 11, 2022

North

Lake Michigan (boat)

When weather and ice conditions allow, some early coho and brown trout will be hanging around the hot water discharges, particularly at Gary Light. Recent south and west winds have blown the ice out of many areas, and as of Friday 2/11, several ports were open and fishable by boat. Remember that changing wind direction can blow in pack ice and make getting back to port difficult.

Lake Michigan (shore)

Effort has been low. Action has been slow. A few early coho will soon start to show up in the harbors, and especially in the lower parts of Burns Ditch and Port of Indiana near warm water discharges. As of 2/11 the lower parts of Burns Ditch and the harbor at Michigan City were open and fishable, but conditions can change quickly with variable weather.

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

There are steelhead in all the tributaries. The cold weather has made them lethargic. Warming temps have alleviated ice issues, and a few steelhead along with some coho have been caught in sections close to the lake.

St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)

With cold water temps, new arrival of steelhead has slowed down considerably. Anglers getting out to fish during warm spells can catch fish on plugs, beads, or jigs and waxworms. A few walleye have been caught below dams on jig/minnow or jerkbaits worked extremely slowly.

Willow Slough (JC Murphey)

There is still ice fishing happening at the Slough, with bass going good on tip ups and bluegill bite hit or miss. Upcoming warm weather and rain may deteriorate the ice quickly, so use common sense and remember that no ice is safe ice.

Valpo Area Lakes

Anglers have been out fishing on several area lakes, . Panfish are being caught on jigs/waxies and spikes, and bass on shiners with tip ups. Good amounts of ice as of Friday 2/11, but upcoming warm weather could change conditions quickly.

LaPorte Area Lakes

Anglers have been out fishing on several area lakes, . Panfish are being caught on jigs/waxies and spikes, and bass on shiners with tip ups. Good amounts of ice as of Friday 2/11, but upcoming warm weather could change conditions quickly.

Northeast Glacial Lakes

Ice cover varies by lake, but many lakes have fishable ice and the bite for crappie and bluegill has been good. Upcoming warm weather may bring a close to ice season by the end of the month, so exercise caution.

Bass Lake (Starke County)

Bass Lake is iced over. Only ice anglers observed were on the south basin. Anglers park at the public access site, hillbilly beach on the north side, and next to the Bass Lake Bait and Tackle (private property so ask for permission).

Lake of the Woods (Bremen)

Ice conditions are good and anglers are out all over the lake. A few walleye in addition to bluegills and crappies are being caught. The north end of the lake in 5-10 feet was producing best for the panfish.

Northeast Glacial Lakes

Most lakes have fishable ice and anglers are getting out fishing. With limited snow cover, consider wearing ice spikes to avoid falling. The bite has been hit or miss and the fish skittish with the limited snow cover on the lakes.

Hudson Lake

Anglers are catching panfish on jigs/spikes and pike on tipups. Use caution when accessing via the DNR launch as several people have fallen through this year on thin ice near springs.

South

Huntingburg Lake

Even though it’s cold for anglers right now the Crappie bite is heating up. Once you find a school of Crappie just sit over them until the bite starts to slow then move along to find some more. Most of the fish caught recently were around the dam over deep water , down around 10-12 feet deep all on jigs. If anyone likes to catch numbers of Crappie and don’t mind harvesting some smaller fish Huntingburg is a great fishery.

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