Fishing in the fall gains momentum
Written by South Bend Tribune   
Saturday, 14 October 2006 14:20

Steelhead continue to filter into the St. Joseph River at Mishawaka and more should be coming with the drop in water temperatures. Bodine Hatchery officials have recorded more than 3,000 steelhead, nearly 400 kings and 30 coho passing through the South Bend ladder as of Oct. 2.

Rain, snow and dropping temperatures should trigger more movement of steelhead into the creeks and rivers, said Lake Michigan biologist Brian Breidert.

"November should begin producing good steelhead catches as the winter-run strain begin the upstream migrations," he added.

Spawn, crawlers, wax worms, flies and in-line spinners have been successful baits.

Dick Parker at Central Park Bait and Tackle said fishing had been fair below the Twin Branch dam, but noted the lack of active turbines has limited current and reduced the number of places for anglers to fish.

"Hot spots have been where ever you find current, such as around bridge pilings," Parker said. "We weighed the biggest fish we've seen this year, a 13 and one-half pound steelhead, caught on an orange spinner Wednesday."

Breidert said the Little Calumet in northwest Indiana has been very good with Trail Creek (Michigan City) fishing being fair.

Elsewhere, walleye fishing has been excellent above the Twin Branch dam, according to Mike McNulty of Midway Bait and Tackle.

An angler reported to McNulty he is catching limits daily on nightcrawlers in 15 feet of water.

Perch fishing has been the hot topic on inland lakes in northern Indiana. Larry Stover of the Tackle Box at North Webster said perch "are on the rampage" on Wawasee and Tippecanoe lakes.

Successful anglers are fishing minnows on slip bobbers while drifting the flats just off the breaklines or on the outside weed edges.

"Muskie fishing has really picked up for the guys fishing suckers," added Stover. "We're seeing a lot of fish in the mid-40s (inches)."
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