Lake Michigan

Boat & Shore Fishery Update
Trout and salmon anglers are reporting action for chinooks and lake trout in water depths greater than 100 feet of water. Spoons have been the hot bait. Out of Michigan City and Portage, near shore boat anglers reported some action for steelhead late last week. Again, spoons were the top producing lure according to anglers. Jointed J-11 and J-13 Rapalas are always a good bet for summer steelhead as well.

Yellow perch fishing picked up late last week with limits caught both east and west of the Michigan City Lighthouse in water depths to 33 feet of water. Portage boat anglers are also reporting limits in water depths up to 27 feet of water. Over on the western side of Lake Michigan, it's been hit or miss in the Cal Park area. Minnows have been the top producing bait suspended just off the bottom. The soft-shell bite is starting to pick up as well.

Smallmouth bass action continues to be very good, especially on the western side of Lake Michigan where structure is present. Tube jigs that resemble gobies, crankbaits and spinnerbaits are effective lures for catching summertime bass on Lake Michigan.

A few steelhead have been caught by shore anglers off the Michigan City Lighthouse Pier this past week. Shrimp suspended under a bobber has been the top producing bait. No steelhead action reported out of Portage. Channel catfish are plentiful, especially in the harbor of Michigan City. Shrimp, nightcrawlers or any commercially prepared catfish bait fished on the bottom has proved successful. Bass and panfish are providing action for anglers who fish any of the marina fishing platforms or Public Access Sites on southern Lake Michigan. 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 70° F as of this morning.

Stream Fishery Update
We have seen an increase in skamania steelhead numbers over the last week in Indiana tributaries to Lake Michigan. Steelhead are scattered throughout Trail Creek while fish are concentrated in the lower sections of the East Branch Little Calumet River and Salt Creek. Water temperature of Trail Creek at Springland Ave. was 63° F. 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

Valparaiso area lakes

The bass bite is great, especially for weedless lures fished in and around heavy weeds.
Recent cold fronts put a bit of a damper on the fishing, but panfish and bass should pick right back up with warming temperatures and light winds.
Morning and evening have been best. 

Laporte area lakes

Bass continue to bite, especially around thick vegetation.

Look for panfish on the deep weedlines, or suspended in mid-lake holes