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Fishing  Report

May 17th 2024




- Smallmouth fishing has been day to day with the relentlessly bouncing barometer and daisy chains of rainstorms. When everything is in order fishing has been outstanding. The popper bite has not kicked in yet, but streamer fishing has been very good with some high-teens and the first 20 incher of the ’24 season hitting the net almost three weeks ago. All bass are post-spawn in the St Joe River system. Most smallmouth have been for close to a month.

​- Muskie and pike fishing has also been impacted by water level and clarity, but mostly barometer issues some days. That said, the bite is on with an early-summer pattern well established. Fishing effectively and attentively is absolutely critical. If you stop paying attention and check your phone mid-strip, you will get burned by a fish that is expecting a regimented retrieve.

- Trout fishing is sort of past the hot spring bite at this point, and while bug hatches are rolling along nicely most of the larger fish have been gorging on salmon and steelhead parr (…and eggs prior to that), as well as a smorgasbord of baitfish/crayfish and amphibians such as salamanders and frogs. It’s been a wet spring with lots of good forage options for trout and their attitude towards random, sunny day meals is not exactly enthusiastic. That said, cloudy days, evening and night fishing has picked up dramatically as water temperatures settled into the mid to upper 60’s during the during the day.

- Summer-run Skamania steelhead. Yes, they are in. Everything is basically in flux at this point but pay attention for updates for what could be some really good early summer steelhead fishing for hot chrome.



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  Jay Anglin 

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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.

All trips require a $150 deposit to lock date!

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Jay Anglin - 574-210-2844


2024 Regular Rates:

  4 Hour Half - $300 1 or 2 rods
  6 Hour Express - $375 1 or 2
  8 Hour Full - $450 1 or 2 rods 

- Beverages and snacks are always available but full meals are only provided during 8 hour trips or by request

 - 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.

- All trips are CATCH AND RELEASE


- $300 min./$150 ea. additional waterfowl

- $300 a day turkey

Please contact for additional details...



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Jay Anglin has been an avid angler and hunter for over 40 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 three Labrador retrievers in LaPorte, Indiana.


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Jay Anglin - Anglin Outdoors
409 Fox Street
LaPorte, Indiana  46350

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