DNR Offers Tips On Fishing In December

(UNDATED) – December means it’s cold in Indiana. The fish are still biting, but you may have to be more patient and dress warmer.

For bass, work chatterbaits slower and twitch jerkbaits. Fish for crappie under docks using small jigs and light line. Although fall is the peak time for muskie fishing, muskie is still feeding in the shallows of our northern natural lakes and southern impoundments. Walleye bites may have slowed down, but walleye can still be caught in our lakes and rivers, even through the ice. Just slow your reeling, trolling, or jigging.


Trout don’t mind the cool waters. In fact, they prefer it. That’s why we recently stocked hundreds of trout in lakes across the state. Open trout season for inland streams ends Dec. 31, so hit those trout streams for rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Brookville Lake’s tailwater is a popular spot.

Rainbow trout fished out of the Brookville Lake tailwater.

In the Lake Michigan area, try steelhead fishing in Trail Creek, Salt Creek, the Little Calumet River, or the St. Joseph River below Twin Branch Dam. Pier anglers can find whitefish and lake trout hanging around breakwalls and tributary mouths this winter. Yellow perch can offer fast action in the Cal Park area from shore or boat.

For more information on Lake Michigan fishing, visit this website.