La Porte Area Lakes

Panfish action remains hot.
Try fishing low-light periods in early morning and late evening, and concentrating on weedlines and deeper holes. 

St. Joseph River

Walleye action remains fair. Look for deeper runs and pools and bottom-bounce live bait or a jig-and-grub.

Smallmouth action is excellent, with a variety of baits working.

Channel catfish are biting on cut bait, nightcrawlers, and stink bait.

The Skamania steelhead are starting to show up, with over 700 passing through the South Bend fishway in the past week.


JC Murphey Lake (Willow Slough)

Anglers are reporting that the fishing is good all around.
Best action is occurring in the early morning hours and late evening hours.

Panfish anglers are reporting using red worms, crickets, and microjigs tipped with a waxworm or two casting in the deeper open water areas with vegetation and structure. Fly fishing is also an effective way to catch panfish.

Bass fishing has been average for JC Murphey Lake while anglers are reporting catching a lot of bass between 13" - 17", which are under the legal limit of 18". Most bass fisherman are using plastics, spinner baits, and topwater baits.

Channel Catfish are starting to spawn now bringing them up into the shallower water and out of the deeper holes.
Anglers are catching catfish on nightcrawlers, stink bait, and chicken livers.

The lake level is now 1" below normal pool and 74° surface temperature.


Lake Michigan

Boat & Shore Fishery Update
Trout and salmon anglers are reporting most action for chinooks and lake trout is out in water depths greater than 150 feet.
Steelhead and coho have been providing a mixed bag for some anglers as well.
Due to continued cool water and unstable weather patterns, fish remain scattered.
Those looking for summer steelhead should target the upper 20 feet of the water column.

Yellow perch fishing remains slow. Some anglers reported success when fishing very shallow, from 6-12 feet in early morning and late evening time periods.

Smallmouth bass action continues to be very good, especially on the western side of Lake Michigan where structure is present, and in Burns Waterway near rip-rap. Tube jigs that resemble gobies, crankbaits and spinnerbaits are effective lures for catching summertime bass on Lake Michigan.
Some nice smallmouth up to 5 pounds have been taken this summer.

Shore fishing action for steelhead has slowed, with most fish quickly running upstream into the tributaries.
Shrimp suspended under a bobber has been the top producing bait.
Channel catfish are plentiful, especially in the harbor of Michigan City and at Portage Lakefront Park.
Shrimp, nightcrawlers or any commercially prepared catfish bait fished on the bottom has proved successful.
Minnows or a tube jig have been productive for both smallmouths and rock bass while worms have been catching panfish.
Water temperature in the harbor of Michigan City was 71° F.

Stream Fishery Update
The Skamania steelead run is in full swing. Steelhead are in large numbers throughout Trail Creek, while fish are scattered throughout East Branch Little Calumet River and Salt Creek, even up to Valparaiso and beyond. Water temperature of Trail Creek at Springland Ave. was 66° F on August 7th. 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. So far this year, DNR creel clerks have recorded the highest Skamania catch rate in years. As a reminder, please DO NOT LITTER and RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY. With the increased fishing pressure at some public access sites on Trail Creek, many complaints have been filed with law enforcement for littering and trespassing.

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.