Maxinkuckee Lake

Walleye action has been hit or miss.
Anglers have found success trolling deep diving crankbaits at night. 

St. Joseph River

The Skamania run continues, with 337 more steelhead passing through the South Bend Fish Ladder last week.

Shrimp has been the best bait.
Anglers continue to catch smallmouth bass and walleye on a mix of artificial and live baits 


J.C Murphey Lake at Willow Slough

The panfish action continues to be slow at the Slough, although bass are still being caught.
A survey of Willow Slough this spring turned up large redear and a surprising amount of larger warmouth.
July vegitation surveys showed lots of young-of-year panfish and bass, which bodes well for fishing in the future.

Reminder to anglers: As waterfowl season nears, Willow Slough will be closed to fisherman for periods of the fall and winter.
The final day for boat fishing at Willow Slough is Aug. 24, then reopening Sept. 22;
another closure comes from Oct. 15-Jan. 31 (reopening earlier only if good ice forms) 

LaPorte Area Lakes

Panfish activity remains good, especially on Pine and Stone.
Some bass are biting on soft plastics and topwater.
Target bigger panfish using live minnows or small jigging spoons.
Another great tactic is drifting weed edges using hair jigs or small plastic swimbaits.
With hot and sunny weather, try fishing early morning and late evening, as the clear water leads to a slow daytime bite 

Lake Michigan

Boat & Shore Fishery Update
Anglers able to get out when lake conditions permit report slow action for yellow perch.
Anglers targeting trout and salmon have reported fishing is picking up, especially in depths past 150 feet.
Anglers are reminded that waters deeper than 60-70 feet are generally no longer Indiana waters, but Illinois or Michigan waters - be sure to have the proper licenses if you venture out that far!
Creel clerks have heard rumors of a few staging mature Chinooks caught in nearshore waters off Michigan City, but have no confirmed catches.

Steelhead action has been hit or miss off the Michigan City Lighthouse Pier and the Portage Lakefront Park Pier this past week. According to anglers, the most productive bait has been shrimp suspended anywhere from 4-8 feet below a bobber.
Most of the action is occurring either early morning or late in the evening. 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 73° F as of this morning.

Stream Fishery Update
Fresh batches of skamania steelhead continue to make their way into area tributaries. Big numbers of steelhead are scattered throughout Trail Creek. Steelhead are also scattered in Salt Creek. Anglers heading over to the East Branch of the Little Calumet River should concentrate your efforts in the lower reaches. Water temperature of Trail Creek at Springland Ave. was 70° F as of this morning. With warm weather forecast, fishing in early morning hours is often the best tactic, as the warming water temperatures during hot sunny days will shut down the bite. As far as baits, spawn bags followed by shrimp have been the top producing baits. To be effective, keep your baits just off the bottom through the deeper holes and runs. If those areas are not producing, try to keep your drifts or retrieves as close as possible to woody debris, especially if deeper water is nearby because steelhead tend to take refuge in these areas during bright, sunny days. If you like to toss hardware, a size #3 or #4 orange or silver spinner can be deadly on aggressive fish. Several Chinook salmon have made their way past the Lamprey Barrier, including one weighing in at 19 pounds.

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. Those wishing to report illegal fishing activity below the Lamprey Barrier should call Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536.