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future generations.  Please practice
catch and release

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Creekside Tidbits & On the Vise

FYI ... the below listed Northwest Indiana tributary streams are closed to all fishing April 1 through June 15.  These streams are stocked annually with trout and salmon.  The closed season applies to:

  • The East Branch of Little Calumet River in Porter County from US 12 upstream to US 20
  • Trail Creek in La Porte County from the Franklin Street Bridge in Michigan City upstream to US 35

As Spring drifts on and the water temperatures continue to rise, I am excitedly looking forward to another season targeting carp on Northwest Indiana's creeks and streams.  Listed below are several keys for hooking-up.

  • Being stealth in approaching and positioning yourself to cast cannot be over emphasized.
  • If possible stay out of the water and fish from the shoreline.
  • Wearing drab color clothing to blend into the background is a wise decision.
  • Wearing a good pair of sunglasses will greatly help spotting fish and protect your eyes from an errant cast.
  • Have the discipline not to fish to every single carp you see. Identified and focus your efforts on a specific fish that is actively feeding or displaying aggressive body language.
  • Carp feed most aggressively when the water temperatures is between 65 to 80 degrees ... this is prime time, get out and wet a line.
  • Carp are incredibly sensitive to taste and smell ... before using a fly for the first time, rub it with mud or algae.
  • Never cast directly to a carp. Cast your fly past the fish if it is rooting or out in front if the fish is moving ... then slowly draw your fly into fish's strike zone.
  • When a carp takes your offering ... always pull or strip set before elevating the rod to avoid from pulling the fly out of the carp’s mouth.
  • Constantly check the leader and tippet for any abrasions and replace it when you find any.



Northwest Indiana Carp
on the Fly
Beckster's Carp Nymph
with the 5-weight


Dancing Carp Fly

Hook - Mustad C49S
Sizes - 8 to 12
Thread - Dark Brown
Tail - Brown Marabou
Rib - Silver Wire
Body - Hare's Ear Dubbing
Legs - Speckled Hot Orange Centipede Legs
Head - Peacock Life Cycle Dubbing

Size 10 shown

On the fly ... I tie and carry carp patterns in several different colors and sizes, listed below
are my general guidelines.

  • Clear water conditions - light / natural colors and smaller sizes, Muddy water
    conditions - dark color and larger sizes, and Tannic water conditions - fluorescent
    colors and larger sizes.
  • The weight of the fly is critical (landing and sink rate), a heavily weighted fly will
    turn-off or spook active fish in shallow water.
  • If I get a refusal on a well presented fly, I will immediately change to a smaller fly.

Donnie showcasing
Lake Michigan
Smallmouth Bass


The Bite Report

April 18, 2014

The word out of Slez’s Bait Shop

Lake Michigan anglers are catching cohos and a few steelheads fishing the 2nd and 3rd light down the Wall at East Chicago in 18 to 25 feet of water with Brad's Thin Fish and a Dodger / Fly setup.

The crappie action continues to heat-up on Pine Lake (La Porte), the hot ticket has been fishing a minnow under a bobber in 4 to 6 feet of water. Anglers fishing below the Lake George Dam (Hobart) are catching crappies along with a few bass.

The chit-chat at On the Mend Guide Service ...

Fishing the Portage shoreline, Donnie hammered the Lake Michigan smallmouth bass (ranging from 1 to 3-1/2 pounds) on 1/4 ounce tubes using a swimming with a short pause retrieve along the bottom.

The mid-section of the creeks continues to provide decent steelhead action as few fresh fish move up to spawn and spawn-out fish move back.

  Useful Links ...   Fishing Guide ... Northwest Indiana
Creeks and Streams
      Fishing Guide ... Northwest Indiana
Lakes and Rivers
      Fishing Guide ... Northwest Indiana
Lake Michigan
      Indiana Fish Identification
      Indiana Department of Natural Resource       Purchase an Indiana Fishing License
      Indiana 2013-14 Fishing Regulations       Online Fishing License, United States
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