Whether you’re sitting along the famed lighthouse pier, or on a boat, three miles out into Lake Michigan, your chances of coming ashore with a stringer full of salmon and trout, or a live well full of keeper perch, are pretty good. That’s because, when you’re fishing off Michigan City’s WPA-era Washington Park, you’re fishing in one of North America’s most fertile grounds for fish. Salmon, trout, yellow perch and even bass are plentiful in southern Lake Michigan, thanks in part to an effort to re-stock a body of water whose large fish population was nearly destroyed decades ago by invasive species. After non-native species like lamprey and Alewives were accidentally brought into the Great Lakes through Atlantic Ocean shipping canals, native populations went down. Since then, though, Great Lakes states have made re-stocking the lakes a priority. And Michigan City and Northwest Indiana serve as a hub for that effort. At Visit Michigan City LaPorte, we value our plentiful natural resource, and the folks who help make it one of the Midwest’s top tourist attractions. Aside from Lake Michigan’s stunning beauty, it allows for a thriving charter fishing community that is based out of Michigan City’s Washington Park Marina. Spend a day or two on the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan with any of the area’s numerous charter captains, catching your limit of Chinook, Coho and Brown Trout, and taking them home with you to dine on. Nothing tastes as good as Lake Michigan Salmon. So when you’re looking for a weekend of “deep lake fishing,” head to Michigan City and the southern shore of Lake Michigan and catch your limit as you experience Indiana’s Ocean.