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Indiana Fishing Report – April 22, 2022


Lake Michigan (boat)

Fishing has been good all over Indiana waters. Boaters took lots of coho limits near the inland wall at East Chicago, near Gary Light, out of Burns Harbor, and near the lighthouse at Michigan City. Most fish have been caught on body baits on flatlines and short leadcores, but a few have been caught on dodger/flies and spoons on dipsy divers and downriggers as the water warms up slightly. A few stray kings and brown trout have been caught as well. Most action has come from 10-40 feet of water. With water temps in the low to mid 40s, the dodger/fly bite is just getting started, and will only improve once temps get near 50.

Lake Michigan (shore)

The spring shore fishing for trout and salmon is winding down as temps warm up and salmon move offshore. Some bass are being caught in the marinas near rip rap on jigs and plastics. Catfish, drum, and carp are also starting to bite. In a few weeks the skamania steelhead should begin staging

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

The steelhead run is winding down and the warm weather this weekend will likely accelerate the end of the run. A few late stragglers are around, and some dropback steelhead too. But we are quickly approaching the lull between the spring steelhead run and the skamania showing up in late May/early June.

St. Joseph River (below Twin Branch Dam)

The steelhead run on the St. Joe is starting to wind down. About 9000 steelhead have gone through the ladder this spring. Fish have still been showing up, and the recent rains and warming temps will likely lead to one last small push of straggling late-arriving steelhead. Dropbacks that have completeled spawning are also around, but will be making their way back down to Lake Michigan soon. Smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, and pike are the main bites right now. Use jigs/minnows, jerkbaits, and crankbaits worked slowly in slack water areas and current lines

All inland lakes

Early spring patterns are developing, with bass and panfish moving shallow on warm afternoons. With water temperatures expected to warm over the next several days expect bass to continue move in to shallow water. Dark-bottom bays on the northwest shore of lakes will be the first to warm, attracting forage and pre-spawn bass.

Northern Indiana lakes to consider fishing with high catch-rates of bass ≥14.0 inches during recent DNR surveys include Long Lake (Steuben County), Golden Lake (Steuben County), Barbee Chain of lakes (Kosciusko County), Robinson Lake (Whitley County), and Hudson Lake (LaPorte County).

Mississinewa and Salamonie Reservoirs

White bass and crappie are biting. This is the time of year that they start moving upstream, so if you can’t find the fish move around. Yo-yoing weather has made things a bit less predictable, but rain and warm weather should get things going upstream


Monroe Lake

Water temperature was 52F on 4/18 and the water level was around 8.5 feet up. With the high water there is a lot of flooded brush and timber to hold fish.

Dogwood Lake

Water temperature was 53F on 4/18. Anglers are targeting crappie, and the local DNR Conservation officer would like to remind all that Dogwood Lake has a 9 inch crappie size limit and his tape measure is getting a good workout this spring.

West Boggs Lake

Water is murky and a little high, water temperature is in the low to mid 50s F. Lots of crappie being caught from boat and shore anglers. Bass are moving in and out with the inconsistant cool weather.

Spring Mill Lake

The Rainbow Trout were stocked at the end of March and anglers are still fishing for them.

Midland Lake

1000 Rainbow trout were stocked the last week of March.

Airline Pit

1000 Rainbow trout were stocked the last week of March.

Maple Lake

1000 Rainbow trout were stocked the last week of March.

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