Warmth confuses fish
Written by South Bend Tribune   
Sunday, 15 January 2006 05:52

Unseasonably warm weather has revived fishing efforts on Michiana waters and some anglers have been rewarded with success. The best bet has been on the St. Joseph River in Mishawaka, where steelhead must think spring is on the way. The fish have been on the prowl and anglers are catching them.

"I know of about two dozen steelhead that were caught last weekend and a lot more people are getting out," said Dick Parker of Central Park Bait and Tackle. "This warming trend has really helped."

Parker said most of the fish are being caught on in-line spinners, nightcrawlers or plugs. Fish are being taken between the Twin Branch Dam and Logan Street.

"The water is up and visibility is good down to about two feet," Parker explained. "That, plus the warmer water, has a lot to do with the fish getting more active."

Lake Michigan biologist Brian Breidert said northwest Indiana streams were yielding steelhead and a few coho. Lakefront fishing has picked up around warmwater discharges, he added, with some browns being taken on crawlers and crankbaits.

Walleyes are biting, too, especially below the Berrien Springs dam. Greg Smith of the Trading Post in Edwardsburg said jig and minnows or jigs with twister tail grubs continue to catch keepers in the slack water holes downstream from the dam.

Area lakes were thawing rapidly, and while some still had skim ice, many were beginning to open up.

"If you can get a boat into a lake, chances are good you'll catch good crappies and bluegills from the channels off the main lake," said Smith. "The bank fishermen living around the channels have been doing well."

Larry Stover at the Tackle Box in North Webster said muskie fishermen were getting out on Webster lake and some fish were being caught.

"I haven't confirmed it, but I got a pretty good report of a guy who caught three and had a few follows," said Stover. "We had several guys go out today (Thursday) but haven't heard back from them."

Stover said the Fuzzy Duzzy, a large jigging sonar, was the best bait this time of year. It is fished vertically in deep water.

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