Anglers fishing northern Lake Michigan are well known for targeting lake whitefish and lake trout - jigging off the bottom for them for eons.
But in the last decade a new fishery has emerged - and its one that's surprising a lot of people.
"The new thing in the area is cisco (formerly known as lake herring)," shared Heather Hettinger, a fisheries biologist based out of Traverse City. "Obviously these fish have been around forever but they used to not be very big in size. About 10 years ago anglers started catching much bigger fish - especially as the lake whitefish population numbers started to tick down."
During that time anglers started targeting cisco versus lake whitefish, with available locations to fish for them expanding as well.
The DNR will stock additional rainbow trout into nine northern Indiana streams before Memorial Day weekend.
Exceptional survival of rainbow trout at Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station allowed additional locations to be stocked and for some locations to get more fish than previously allocated.
Those streams are: Pigeon River in Steuben and LaGrange counties; Turkey Creek in LaGrange County; Little Elkhart River in Elkhart and LaGrange counties; Cobus Creek, Rowe-Eden Ditch and Solomon Creek in Elkhart County; Little Kankakee River and Slocum Ditch in LaPorte County; and Potato Creek in St. Joseph County.
The DNR will stock additional rainbow trout into six northern Indiana streams in the upcoming weeks.
Those streams are: Pigeon River in Steuben County and at the LaGrange-Steuben county line, Turkey Creek in LaGrange County, Little Elkhart River in Elkhart County, Little Kankakee River and Slocum Ditch in LaPorte County, and Potato Creek in St. Joseph County.
Pigeon River, Turkey Creek and Little Elkhart River will be stocked for the weekend of May 12-13 and Memorial Day weekend, May 26-27.
Little Kankakee River, Potato Creek and Slocum Ditch will only be stocked for Memorial Day weekend.