Sept 23rd, 2020
As the fall transition kicks in, it's important to understand this fall...and for the foreseeable future, things will be a lot different in the AO A.O. The Dowagiac is close to be being offline with the work being done related to the removal of Pucker St. Dam. That said, crews will lay off of in stream work to allow some reasonable angling possibilities (now through Halloween) during late week and weekends. This is by no means business as usual, but some salmon and steelhead have entered the Dow, despite incredibly high turbidity levels. We'll have to see how things pan out.
In the meantime, fishing was sort of hour to hour last week for smallmouth on the St Joe as water temps dropped dramatically and salmon dispersed into the watershed. That said, with the current warm up, smallies are on the feed again. In fact, they are really hammering streamers as they bulk up for winter. Muskie fishing has really picked up as well. Do not ignore fall smallmouth and muskie fishing!
Salmon and steelhead have been very spotty thus far in the St Joe watershed, but that will change within the next ten days. Water temps are just cool enough to allow fish to remain in the main river, but too warm for them to stage directly below gravel flats. I've seen both summer and winter run steelhead going through ladder, thousands of coho and some kings the past two weeks!
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Anglin Outdoors specializes in warm and coldwater species throughout a region that straddles much of the Indiana/Michigan state line known as Michiana. While steelhead and smallmouth bass fishing on the St Joseph River system including the revered Dowagiac River are the focus of most outings, many other species are caught during a typical day including resident brown trout, largemouth bass and a variety of panfish, among others. Northern pike are often targeted or caught as a bonus species. Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan are blessed with some incredible muskie fisheries. While some 'skis are present in streams the bulk of fishing is done on small inland lakes.
The Michiana region is blessed with year-round fishing opportunities. Other than frigid arctic conditions that make fishing unbearable for most anglers, steelhead fishing is a possibility just about every month of the year. Obviously, numbers of fish and conditions vary from year to year but suffice it to say we have fantastic steelhead opportunities here - in particular spring and fall. Smallmouth bass fishery generally takes the stage from late May through early October - June, July and August being the primary focus. Resident trout fishing is also available to some degree nearly year-round but often comes as a bonus to steelhead fishing. September is a great month of pursue big, fresh king and coho salmon along with summer-run Skamania steelhead. Muskie and pike fishing can be excellent if not world class throughout much of the year as well.
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Jay Anglin - 574-210-2844
4 Hour Half - $275 1 or 2 rods
6 Hour Express - $350 1 or 2 rods
8 Hour Full - $425 1 or 2 rods
- Temporarily will not be providing food or drinks (...okay, I'll have a cooler with drinks). $25 discount is reflected in the listed rates
- If feasible, a third angler is an additional $75 for any rate
- All rates include use of equipment, leaders, flies, lures and any other pertinent tackle etc.
Jay Anglin has been an avid angler and hunter for over 35 years. He tied his first flies and caught trout on them in Northern Michigan in 1981. His guide service, Anglin Outdoors, specializes in pursuing warm and cold water fish species found in the streams and lakes of Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Anglin has guided anglers of all persuasions as well as waterfowl, turkey and upland game hunters throughout the Great Lakes states. He met his wife Angie while working towards a biology degree from Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula. Jay has also been writing professionally since high school. When he's not on the river or in the field he can found behind the keyboard. The Anglins live with their five children and four Labrador retrievers in LaPorte, Indiana.
Jay Anglin - Anglin Outdoors
409 Fox Street
LaPorte, Indiana 46350