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Guide to fishing for Atlantic, chinook, coho and pink salmon in IN.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Salmon fishing in Indiana

Indiana offers limited opportunities for salmon fishing, . While salmon fishing in Indiana primarily focuses on the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Michigan, it provides anglers with an exhilarating angling experience.

The purpose of this page is to share basic information about salmon fishing and identify popular salmon waters in the state.

The primary salmon species targeted in Indiana's waters is the Chinook salmon, also known as king salmon. These magnificent fish are known for their size, strength, and acrobatic fights. Chinook salmon in Lake Michigan can reach impressive sizes, with individuals weighing over 30 pounds not being uncommon. Anglers target Chinook salmon by trolling with downriggers, using spoons, plugs, or flasher and fly combinations. The thrill of hooking into a Chinook salmon and experiencing its powerful runs and aerial displays is a memorable and exciting experience for any angler.

Other salmon species that can be encountered in Indiana's Great Lakes waters include coho salmon and occasionally pink salmon. Coho salmon are slightly smaller than Chinook salmon but are highly prized for their hard-fighting nature and delicious taste. Pink salmon, while less common, are known for their aggressive strikes and are caught during specific runs in certain years.

Salmon fishing in Indiana's Great Lakes is primarily focused on Lake Michigan, with popular ports such as Michigan City and Portage attracting anglers throughout the fishing season. Anglers can enjoy both shore fishing and boat fishing opportunities, depending on their preferences and access to fishing locations.

It is important for anglers to familiarize themselves with local fishing regulations, including size and bag limits, as well as any specific rules and seasons related to salmon fishing. By adhering to these regulations, anglers contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of salmon populations in Indiana's waters.

Indiana's salmon fishing provides anglers with an exciting and rewarding angling experience. The opportunity to target these powerful and prized fish in the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Michigan, attracts anglers seeking memorable battles and the chance to bring home some delicious fillets. Whether casting from the shore or venturing out on a boat, salmon fishing in Indiana's Great Lakes waters is a must for any angler looking for an exhilarating fishing adventure.

If you want to catch salmon in Indiana you basically have one choice. And what a choice. Lake Michigan has excellent fishing for atlantic salmon, coho salmon and pink salmon.

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Fishing for salmon in Indiana

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 14 lbs 4 oz

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 38 lbs 0 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 20 lbs 12 oz

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 12.5 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Lake Michigan holds the state record for coho salmon, pink salmon and Atlantic salmon.

The state record for chinook (king) salmon came from Trail Creek.

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

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Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Indiana Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.


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Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Indiana salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

Best salmon fishing waters in Indiana!