The Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Inc. is a non-profit organization.
 We are dedicated to educating the general public and promoting anadromous sport fishing in the Great Lakes and their tributary streams and rivers..

Mike Ryan,  President
Rich Hedgepeth  Vice President
Jean Hedgepeth, Secretary
Janet Ryan, Treasurer

Paul Nicksic              2016
Chris Brown              2017
Gary Heminger        2016
Gene Cerniak           2015
Walt Stepankow       2016
Ron Kasza                2014
Mike Hayman           2014
Bernie Hayman        2014
Roque Ybarra           2015
Mary Ryba                 2017
Rich Racine              2017

Newsletter  PDF Writer
Mike Ryan

Membership Chairman
Bill Burket
All Membership Questions & NWIS Property Acess should be directed to the Membership Chairman

Web Master
Jean Hedgepeth

Contest Rules

"All you have to do is go fish"

1.        Skamania Mania is free and open to the public. There is no pre- registration. All you have to do is go fish and be lucky enough to land a steelhead.

2.        Contest time is 12:01 a.m. July 11, 2015 through 3 p.m., July12, 2015.

3.        Fish must be weighed in at Northwest Indiana Steelheaders' tent on the south side of the Michigan City Harbor. The weigh-in will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Any fish not at the weigh-in station by
3 p.m. on July 12 will be ineligible.

4.        Cabelas gift cards will be presented to the anglers catching the twelve (12) largest steelhead over the two days .First place will receive a $200 card, second $50, third through 12th place will receive $25 cards. The 13th best steelhead will receive a $200 rod and reel. If a tie, the first fish weighed will receive the highest prize. Only one Top 13 prize per angler for the two days.

5.        A free Cabelas gift will be awarded to the first 50 anglers donating a steelhead to be processed and served at the Wild Game Cook Out during the Indiana State Fair.

6.        Contest waters are all of Lake Michigan and all Lake Michigan tributaries.

7.        All steelhead are subject to inspection for foul-hook marks, freshness, etc. and may be disallowed at the discretion of the contest judges.

8.        In case of dispute, the decision of the contest judges is final.

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Skamania Mania Champions

1991 Cecil Bailey, Greenwood, Ind. 16 (lbs.) - 4 (oz.)
1992 Joe Brennan, Portage 18-14
1993 Beverly Kierein, Michigan City 21-10
1994 Bob Ramsey, New Buffalo 16-9
1995 Bruce Weber, Portage 21-4
1996 Art Rozlap, Michigan City 19-2
1997 James Wagner, Bristol, Ind. 16-10
1998 Dino Capitani, St. Charles. Ill. 15-12
1999 Chris Pumroy, LaPorte 22-8
2000 Bruce Weber, Portage 13-10
2001 Richard Lanting, Griffith 17-12
2002 Chad Robson, Frankfort, Ill. 16-8
2003 Steve Turner, Michigan City 17-0
2004 Nate Krupko, Chicago 21-0
2005 Robert Bagley, South Bend 15-15
2006 Chris Rogers, Michigan City 15-7
2007 Danny Taylor, Elkhart 16-0
2008 Joe Gianetti, New Buffalo 14-6
2009 Brad Sandberg, Portage 13-6
2010 James Wagner, Jones, Mich. 13-13
2011 Richard Bom, LaPorte 17-11
2012 Dan Roths, Chesterton 14-4
2013 Brad Sandberg, Portage 14-3
2014 Jacob Gurney, Schererville 13-12