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 NORTHERN INDIANA FISHING

 REPORTS 07/11/2014

 

Lake Michigan Fishing Report

 
Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Boat & Shore Fishery Update
Trout and salmon fishing has been slow, with fish widely scattered.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources creel clerks report yellow perch action is picking up in southern Lake Michigan. Michigan City anglers report yellow perch have been caught out-front of the Mt. Baldy /Black’s Ditch area west to Beverly Shores in water depths up to 35 feet of water. Portage boat anglers report action near the doughnut and also in-front of Ogden Dunes in water depths to 30 feet of water. Hammond anglers are reporting sporadic action just outside the marina; however, action has picked up in the Cal Park area in water depths to 28 feet of water. Yellow perch are averaging around 10 inches but don’t be surprised if you harvest a few jumbo while you are out fishing. In all these locations, anglers stated that minnows were the top producing bait, with larger golden roaches taking the nicer fish.

Smallmouth bass action along the lakefront continues to be red hot as long as lake and weather conditions are favorable. Bass are now in post-spawn mode. Boat anglers should concentrate their efforts along rocky rip rap that is prevalent along the outside of the Port of Indiana breakwall as well as from the city of Gary west to Hammond. Bass anglers trying their luck out of Michigan City should try along the detached breakwater. As far as lures, anglers have had good success with crankbaits, small spinnerbaits and tube jigs that resemble gobies. Smallmouths in the 14-18 inch range are abundant in southern Lake Michigan with fish up to 6 pounds caught every year. When water conditions are favorable, boat anglers should try fishing the lower sections of the East and West Branches of the Little Calumet River. Over the years, we have seen an increase in largemouth bass populations in these areas. Large woody debris along with boat dock pilings provide abundant habitat for these ambush feeders. Same tactics used out on Lake Michigan for smallmouth bass are applicable for the largemouths.

Over the past week, shore anglers in Michigan City and over at the Portage Lakefront Park have reported very few skamania steelhead caught off the piers. Shrimp suspended anywhere from 3-8 feet below a bobber have been the go to bait for anglers. Other baits and lures that have also produced in the past include nightcrawlers, live alewifes, small crankbaits, wobbler type spoons and spinners. Most of the action is occurring in the early morning hours. Anglers fishing the harbor of Michigan City continue to catch channel catfish. As for baits, shrimp, nightcrawlers or any commercially prepared catfish bait fished right on the bottom have provided action. Shore anglers continue to report action for panfish and smallmouth bass off the fishing platforms at Hammond and East Chicago Marinas and also at the Portage Lakefront Park and the Public Access Site inside the Port of Indiana. Live bait such as worms have been providing good action for the panfish while minnows, tube jigs and small crankbaits have been productive for bass. Water temperature was 72° F as of this morning with water visibility greater than 18 inches.



Stream Fishery Update


Small numbers of skamania steelhead are moving into the creeks on a daily basis based on numbers trapped at the Trail Creek Sea Lamprey Barrier. Anglers caught a few this week in Trail Creek. Anglers that were interviewed said that steelhead are scattered throughout the creek and no one area is fishing any better than the next. Currently, Trail Creek’s flow is about average for this time of year with water visibility greater than 12 inches. No action to report on the western tributaries of Salt Creek and the East Branch of the Little Calumet River. To get the latest data on discharge and gauge height of streams and rivers in Indiana, check out the US Geological Survey Water Resources for Indiana web page (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/in/nwis/rt).

As far as baits, anglers had the best luck floating shrimp or spawn bags just off the bottom through the deeper holes and runs. Orange, brass and silver spinners also caught aggressive fish in the same areas.


Notes to Anglers


Just a reminder to all anglers fishing Trail Creek that no fishing is allowed within 100 feet upstream of the Trail Creek Sea Lamprey Barrier or downstream to the Pottawatomie Country Club Golf Course property line located adjacent to Springland Ave in Michigan City. 

Region North 

St Joseph River Fishing Report

 
Date updated  
Fishing Report Smallmouth and walleye are starting to settle into their summer patterns. Drifting nightcrawlers on a jig or slip sinker rig is a surefire technique for both species, as is a 3" twistertail on a jighead, bounced through deep runs and pool tailouts.The Skamania steelhead run is not yet in swing. Water temperatures are in the low to mid 70s 
Region North 

 

Mississinewa Lake Fishing Report


Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Lake level is at summer pool with upper 70 degree surface temps. Target catfish and bluegills with warm water temps. Released 50K walleye fingerlings into lake on 6/3/2014. Call 765-473-6528 for additional information on lake conditions. Motorized Lake Permit stickers are $22.00. 
Region North 

 

Salamonie Lake Fishing Report


Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report As of 7/10/14 we are at 755.4 feet, summer pool. Crappie, Catfish, and Stripers hitting on minnows, jigs and tubes, wigglers and night crawlers, depth 9ft. and 14-18ft. The water is relatively clear, and the Army Corps discharge at 88 CFS. No precipitation in last 24 hrs. 
Region North 


Worster Lake at Potato Creek State Park. Fishing Report


Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Bluegill and crappie are biting great. Crawlers and redworms have been the best bait. 
Region North 

 

 LaPorte Area Lakes Fishing Report

 
Date updated 7/9/2014 
Fishing Report Crappies, readear, and bluegill continue to be caught on the deep weedlines. Bobbers and live bait are hard to beat, as is drifting or slow-trolling small plastics on light jigheads 
Region North 


Bruce Lake Fishing Report


Date updated 7/9/2014 
Fishing Report Anglers are catching panfish and bass near the weedlines. Some anglers reported having to sort through small panfish to get enough larger fish to take home 
Region North 

Steuben County Lakes. Fishing Report


Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Bluegill still bedding and walleye going crazy on Clear Lake and Crooked Lake. Bass can be found on inside weed lines. Crappie are hanging out in deep weeds on Snow and James. Fish went deep at Trine SRA. Big redears are being caught on Lake George. Bluegill are done spawning on little lakes but still on beds on big and deep natural lakes 
Region North 

J.C. Murphy (Willow Slough) Fishing Report


Date updated 7/9/2014 
Fishing Report Bass action remains good for 12-17 inch fish. Topwater frogs are always a good bet this time of year. Try fishing with braided line to help muscle fish out of heavy vegetation. Panfish action is sporadic but a few anglers report that moving around and searching for fish has resulted in very nice catches 
Region North 

Roush Lake Fishing Report


Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Roush Lake is currently near summer pool. Catfishing is good, try using chicken livers or night crawlers on gravel points on the main lake, or in deep holes below the dam. Several anglers report catching good numbers of decent sized catfish near the Kil-So-Quah boat ramp area. Ponds throughout the property still have pretty good water clarity and bluegill fishing is good. Bluegills should be off the beds so you may have to try a little deeper water. 
Region North 

Valpo Area Lakes Fishing Report


Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Panfish action is still hot with the usual tactics taking fish near weedlines. 
Region North 

Hudson Lake Fishing Report


Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Panfish action is good, with deep weedlines offering the most fish. For northern pike, try a large minnow or sucker under a bobber with a quick-strike rig, or cast 1/2 oz spinner baits, suspending jerkbaits, or weedless spoons 
Region North 

Wolf Lake Fishing Report


Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report A few walleyes have been caught by anglers fishing at night, using suspending jerkbaits or live bait such as minnows or leeches. Popular walleye colors are tennessee shad and chrome blue. Like most area lakes, largemouth are being caught on topwater scum frogs and texas-rigged plastics in and around vegetation 
Region North 

Webster Lake Fishing Report


Date updated 7/10/2014 
Fishing Report Bass action is good. Muskie action is fair, with the usual baits such as bucktails and glide/jerkbaits taking fish. As water temperatures warm, night fishing can be a good option, although anglers should make sure to carry all proper release tools such as hook cutters, pliers, and a large net, as warm water can be stressful to muskies. 
Region North 

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 CENTRAL INDIANA FISHING REPORTS

 07/11/2014

 

Eagle Creek Reservoir Fishing Reports


Date updated 7/10/2014 


Fishing Report The muskie tracking study by Ball State is ongoing. Preliminary results show that juvenile muskies move shallower at night 
Region Central 

 

 

SOUTHERN INDIANA FISHING REPORTS

 

 

Hovey Lake Fishing Report 

 


Date updated 7/9/2014 


Fishing Report Lake and rivers are settling down to normal summer pools. Flatheads are taking large live baits such as bluegill and bullheads. Channel cats are being caught by drift fishing under bobbers with livers, nightcrawlers or cut bait. 
Region South 

 

Patoka Lake Fishing Report

 


Date updated 7/9/2014 


Fishing Report Pool elevation is at 538.8. Surface water temperature is at 84. Discharge rate is at 100 CFS. Those wishing to report specifics about their fishing experience and help keep Fishing Reports current may do so by calling the Patoka Lake Office at (812) 685-2464. Largemouth Bass: Activity: Good,  Depth: 3'-17' Striped Bass: Activity: Slow, Depth: 2'-18' Crappie: Activity: Slow, Depth: 4'-10' Bluegill: Activity: Slow, Depth: 2'-15' Channel Catfish: Activity: Great, Depth: 1'-15' Walleye: Activity: Good, Depth: 1'-20' 
Region South 

 

 

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Anglers can find out what fish are biting in a certain lake on what bait by looking online at the updated DNR fishing reports. 

The DNR has improved this Web page, 
dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/8270.htm, to allow for more information to be easily shared about lakes across the state. 

The new look splits the state into three zones, North, Central, and South. Each zone can be clicked on an interactive map to see all lake reports in that region. A dropdown list of lakes in the system is also available to allow quick specific searches. 

“The new fishing reports system allows DNR staff to provide updates throughout the state,” said Bill James, DNR fisheries chief. “This allows us to get more information to the public on lakes we are surveying in real time, and for anglers to know what is biting throughout the year.” 

The information will be updated toward the end of every week, so anglers will have current information for each weekend. 


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