Trail Creek Guide Service - Creek Information
Trail Creek is located in Michigan City,
IN. Only 70 miles east of Chicago, It is considered one of
the best Trout and Salmon fishing locations in the United
States. With the creek being one of Lake Michiganís most popular
tributaries anglers flock from all over to world to join the
run. People consider Trail Creek as an anglerís paradise.
The creek offers many different types of
species of the Salmonoid family such as; Skamania Steelhead
(a hybrid species of Trout and Salmon) , Rainbow trout, Steelhead
trout, Brown trout, Coho salmon, and King/Chinook salmon.
The long stretch of the creek provides different opportunities
for the various Anglerís different style and preferences such
as: fly fishing, spin fishing, drift/float fishing.
With year-round angling opportunities, come
to Trail Creek Guide Service and experience the fun and excitement
of world-class Trout and Salmon fishing!
Almost every angler dreams to hook and land
a Steelhead. These incredible and magnificent fish are considered
by some to be the most popular game fish. Steelhead are hard
fighting, bullet fast and amazingly acrobatic fish with the
ability to leap out of the water up to 5 or 6 feet. The Steelhead are stocked each year as fingerling and migrate downstream to larger bodies of water.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources,
Division of Fish and Wildlife has been stocking Salmon and
Trout along northwest Indiana's shoreline since the late 1960's.
Chinook/King salmon and Coho salmon were introduced from the
Pacific Northwest in 1966 and 1967. Rainbow trout, or Steelhead
trout were also extensively planted. The area stocked extends
from Michigan City to Whitting, Indiana and includes sites
along the St. Joseph River, Trail Creek and the East Branch
of the Calumet River. Brown trout stocking in Indiana waters
of Lake Michigan began in 2002 through a cooperative trade
agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources(
IL DNR). Indiana trades Indiana's born Skamania Steelhead
for the Illinois Brown trout. Due to hatchery constraints,
Indiana last stocked Brown trout into Indiana waters of Lake
Michigan in the early 1980's. The continuation of the Brown
trout stocking program is reliant upon future availability
of fish from IL DNR.
The Pacific Salmon and
Trout spend their adult lives in the Great Lakes instead of
their native ocean. When they become sexually mature, they
migrate back to the stream where they began in order to spawn.
The King/Chinook salmon and Coho salmon die after spawning;
Steelhead and Brown trout may live to spawn again in future
years. The age of sexual maturity varies among species. Normally
a Chinook matures between 2 to 4 years of age, Coho between
age 2 to 3, and Steelhead between age 3 to 5 and Brown trout
between 2 to 3 years of age. Chinook Salmon, Coho salmon and
Steelhead make up the majority of the fish migrating and returning
to Trail Creek and other streams and tributaries of the Great
SUMMER STEELHEAD (SKAMANIA)
Late-June Thru Mid-August
Average Size: 8-12 lbs (some can be as large as 14-16 lbs.)
Late-September Thru Late-October
Average Size: 4-6 lbs.
late september-late october
Average Size: 8-14 lbs (some can be as large as 16-25 lbs.)
Late-October Thru March
Average Size: 8-12 lbs.
The stocking schedule of Trout and Salmon
in Indiana waters of Lake Michigan includes:
- Summer-run Steelhead - stocked in early
April as yearling(14 months of age).
- King/Chinook salmon- stocked in early
May at 6 months of age.
- Brown trout- stocked in early July at
8 months of age.
- Coho salmon- stocked in early November
at 12 months of age.
- Summer-run Skamania Steelhead- stocked
in October as fingerling at 8 months of age.
- Winter-run Steelhead- stocked in December
at 9 months of age.
Steelhead: mid June to mid October
By mid to late June, depending on
water temperatures and water levels in the tributaries, the
summer-run skamania will return to Indiana's tributaries where
they were stocked as fingerlings or yearlings through the
winter months and spawn from mid-Febuary to late February
(this can be as late as March). These giant fish begin rushing
upstream by the hundreds weighing on average 8 to 12 lb with
some exceeding 16 lb or more.
Skamnia and winter-run Steelhead.
Adult Steelhead (summer-run and winter-run)
return to the streams where they were stocked as fingerlings
All species of Salmonoids (Coho, Chinook, Steelhead trout,
and Brown trout ) are available to sport anglers during spawning
runs, when Trout and Salmon move into/upstream the tributaries.
In winter months from January through
March, success is strongly dependent upon environmental and
stream conditions, particularly stream water level. Skamania
will continue to enter the area tributaries throughout the
fall and winter months. Skamania and Steelhead spawning activities begin
around mid-Febuary through March. The spent steelhead then
once again migrate downstream to larger bodies of water .
. . The Great Lakes.
INDIANA STATE RECORDS
Coho salmon - 20lb 12oz (John Beutner
Chinook/King salmon - 38lb (Rich Baker 1980)
Steelhead trout - 26.62lb (Evan Nicholson 1999)
Rainbow trout - 18lb 8oz (Bill Bigger 1988)
Brook trout - 3lb 15.5oz (Sonny Bashore 1973)
Brown trout - 29.03lb (Glen Duesing 2006)
Pink salmon - 2lb 12.5oz (Richard J. Lisac 1985)
Atlantic salmon - 14lb 4oz (Gene Tarrant 1979)
Tiger trout - 3lb (Mike Ratter. 1978)
Lake trout - 29lb 4oz (Harold Rodriquez 1993)