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Lake Michigan 

Fishing Report Hot-Lines
Lake Michigan: (219) 874-0009 (not a toll-free call)
St. Joseph River:  (574) 257-8477 (not a toll-free call)

When, Where and What to fish for in Lake Michigan

Type of Fish How to Fish Best Time of Year Average Fish Size
Coho salmon pier,

mid February/ March thru May

2 - 3 lbs.

3 - 4 lbs.
Chinook salmon some pier, boat

May; mid-July thru September

7 - 12 lbs.

7 - 12 lbs.
Steelhead (Skamania) pier, boat

mid-June thru mid-Aug.

7 - 10 lbs.

7 - 10 lbs.
Winter-run steelhead pier, stream late October-thru March 7-10 lbs.
Lake trout boat mid June thru August; mid-Oct. to Nov. 8 - 12 lbs.
Yellow perch pier, boat June to mid-September 8.0 - 10.0 inches
Smallmouth and other sunfish species pier, boat June to September 10-16 inches; 6-8 inches


When to Fish

Click on the links below to find out more detailed information on when to fish for certain species in Lake Michigan.





Where to Fish

Indiana’s share of Lake Michigan is the smallest of the four states bordering the Lake (approximately 1% of Lake Michigan area), encompassing approximately 43 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline (224 square miles). Most of the area is highly developed and heavily industrialized, with the exception of the Dunes National Lakeshore and the Indiana Dunes State Park.  Click here to use the interactive 'Where to Fish' map.




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