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Fishing  Report

June 17th 2024




It’s kinda weird typing up a mid-summer…borderline dog days report in mid-June, but here we are. Smallmouth fishing has been pretty good overall - dare I say it will get even better now that water temps will warm substantially into the epic surface bite territory (during peak hours of course). That said, jumping from 72-degree water temp to 80 in a couple days is a bit of a shock. Nonetheless, smallmouth and other warmwater species will be about the only option in town for the next ten days to two weeks. Why? Read on…

WE ARE IN A CRITICALLY LETHAL SITUATION for cold water species such as resident trout, and steelhead. These fish will be forced to seek cold water sources such as springs and tributaries with substantially colder water than mainstream flows offer. When this sort of scenario arises, these fish are literally in survival mode and in some cases gravely so. Fishing for them is a super shitty thing to do and 100 percent guarantees they are going to die. If you want to kill fish to eat, have at it, but it’s still a low brow move regardless. If you think because your 12lb Skamania-strain steelhead swam off "healthy" and will survive, you are dead ass wrong and I promise you the fish’s ass will be dead in the very, very near future.

This isn’t conjecture or opinion, it’s scientific fact. If it makes your squirm to hear a nearly three-decade veteran guide with a bio degree whine about it, then find another website and go fish with some other guy. These fish provide sport for us 12 months a year down here and killing them because you need a fix (not food) is selfish and hopefully brings you bad karma.

Okay, I’m done with that. Other species I target that don’t particularly like to eat when the water is super-hot are muskie and to some degree, pike. But, all the sunfish (which includes small and largemouth bass) are good to go. Unless of course you bounce them around on a busy lake all day in boiling live-well water for those much needed Instagram selfies with a “limit”…don’t even get me started with that shit.


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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.



- $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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