Fishing Regulations, St. Joseph River: Michigan and Indiana

(Michigan)St. Joseph River from Indiana State Line downstream to Lake Michigan: Type 3

  • Open season - All year
  • Possesion season - All year.
  • Tackle - All
  • Daily Harevst Limit - 5/3*
  • Brook Trout 15", Brown Trout 15", Rainbow Trout 15", Splake 15", Lake Trout 24", Coho, Chinook, & Pink Salmon 10", Atlantic Salmon 15"
    (Indiana) Special regulations apply to fishing the St. Joseph River and its tributaries from Twin Branch Dam in Mishawaka, downstream to the Michigan state line.
  • Minimum size for trout and salmon is 14 inches.
  • No fishing is allowed at any time in the East Race Waterway in South Bend. No fishing is allowed within 100 feet of the entrance and exit of the East Race.
  • No fishing is allowed at any time from the fish ladders located on the South bend or Mishawaka Uniroyal Dams.
  • No fishing is allowed within 10 feet of the entrances and exits of the fish ladders.
  • No fishing is allowed by boat or other watercraft in the St. Joseph River below the South Bend Dam for a distance of 200 feet, and from the Mishawaka Uniroyal Dam downstream to the State Road 331 bridge.
  • Any fish taken from the Lake Michigan tributaries defined in this section must be hooked in the mouth.
  • Foul-hooked fish must be returned to the water.
    Note: All stretches of water not listed are Type 1 Regulations
  • Open Season - Last Saturday In April - September 30th
  • Possession Season - Last Saturday In April - September 30th
  • Tackle - All
  • Daily Harvest limit - 5/3*
  • Brook Trout - 8" Lower Peninsula 7" Upper Peninsula
  • Brown Trout - 8" Lower Peninsula 7" Upper Peninsula
  • Rainbow Trout - 10"
  • Splake - 8"
  • Lake Trout - 24"
  • Coho, Chinook, & Pink Salmon -10"
  • Atlantic Salmon - 15"