By Louie Stout

The weather may be cold and damp but the fishing is red hot for trout and salmon anglers.

The steelhead run in Indiana waters is shaping up to be one of the best ever while inshore coho fishing on Lake Michigan has been on fire.

More than 5,000 steelhead swam through the South Bend ladder this month to join several thousand that swam upriver last fall.

“This is the best March we’ve had since we started keeping records in 2008,” said Lake Michigan Biologist Brian Breidert. “From March 1 through the 27th, we averaged 191 steelhead (passing through the South Bend ladder) a day.”

Fish are being caught, too, although not many anglers are taking advantage of it given the colder weather.

Mike McNulty of Midway Bait in Osceola said the best action seems to be at Twin Branch and in Central Park. Spawn and inline spinners are producing best.