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Michigan City Fishing

PostPosted: Jan Sat 11, 2020 4:13 pm
by philkol123
Thinking of going for some steelhead next week in Michigan City. I found a parking spot on google maps but not sure it’s entirely ok to use. Also not sure what parts of the city are “good” or “bad”. Any pointers would be great so I can have piece of mind while fishing new waters.

Re: Michigan City Fishing

PostPosted: Jan Sat 11, 2020 9:01 pm
by bobberwatcher
You might have better luck with coho but there may be some winter steelhead. As for location, the public access spot on 20 is popular, probably the one that you were referring to on google maps. To the right, it's private property (posted) but its fished. To the left, you'll find a nice hole just before the bridge. There's also Washington park. I'd stay off of the pier, not safe in this weather but farther down by the coast guard or dnr building, you can practically fish from your car. Downtown looks a bit sketchy but I've never had any problems while fishing. Check out Tony's baitshop- great resource. Good luck!

Re: Michigan City Fishing

PostPosted: Jan Sun 12, 2020 12:39 am
by philkol123
Bobber watcher thanks for the awesome tips.

Re: Michigan City Fishing

PostPosted: Jan Sun 12, 2020 3:34 pm
by bobberwatcher
You're welcome, hope it helps. Please post if you go. I don't fish in the winter- would love to know how it's going over there.

Re: Michigan City Fishing

PostPosted: Jan Sun 12, 2020 10:58 pm
by mike son
Safety in numbers. Take a buddy with you. Shoot I stayed in Miller Beach one year for Thanksgiving and my cousins and I went to 18th Street Brewery in Gary then to some dive bar down the street and smoked cigs inside all after sunset in Gary, got pics to prove it lol. Crazy times but felt safe with numbers. Or maybe we all would have just gotten robbed :roll:

Re: Michigan City Fishing

PostPosted: Jan Mon 13, 2020 12:39 am
by bobberwatcher
I was born and raised in northwest Indiana and even though I never went to Michigan City till I started fishing about 5 years ago, I know its nothing like miller beach or Gary. I wouldn't fish in either of those places no matter what, but you're right, there's safety in numbers. Also, it doesn't matter as much where you are as what you're doing there. If you're looking for trouble, you'll find it, if you're looking for fish, you'll find others doing the same who pretty much mind their own bussiness.

Re: Michigan City Fishing

PostPosted: Mar Sun 22, 2020 8:19 am
by cmarx381
I'm thinking of getting the kids out today, bobbers with shrimp/ rawlers 4-6 ft down, white twisters, blade baits, small castmates, thunderstrick jr. Any other tips or suggestions? Thanks!

Re: Michigan City Fishing

PostPosted: Mar Sun 22, 2020 11:07 am
by RonG
We don't really have any idea what safety there looks like during a pandemic. For sure the perps will be out on our streets with plenty of backups.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/jails-rele ... 1584885600


cmarx381 wrote:Any other tips or suggestions?


Pack a lunch. Pack heat.

Re: Michigan City Fishing

PostPosted: Mar Tue 24, 2020 9:54 pm
by cmarx381
Didn't go but trying tomorrow morning-ish. Any reports? I'll post an update. Lake up here still a little stirred up but otherwise conditions don't look horrible.

Re: Michigan City Fishing

PostPosted: Mar Wed 25, 2020 6:57 am
by philkol123
Hey cmarx-

Coho fishing has been on fire in any harbor along the NW Indiana lakefront. I heard the steelhead have been running in to but I've been having too much fun with the coho to go target them.

Re: Michigan City Fishing

PostPosted: Mar Wed 25, 2020 11:30 am
by cmarx381
Thanks for the heads up!

Re: Michigan City Fishing

PostPosted: Mar Thu 26, 2020 4:53 pm
by cmarx381
We got out last night, beautiful, not so crowded as you would have any trouble keeping distance. Not sure what the water clarity is normally like in harbors there but visibility looked to be about 4 ft, otherwise conditions seemed good. Between 530-730pm we tried crawlers, shrimp, blade baits, reef runners, and castmasters. Nada. About 3 fish were landed while we were there, all on spawn if I'm not mistaken.