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Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: Had lots of perch anglers however not many limit catches were recorded. The average catch per angler putting in a full day was maybe 15 fish. Walleye fishing was good with limit catches taken in Brest Bay and off Fermi when trolling a crawler harness. Big freshwater drum were caught by those trolling for walleye.

Huron River: Anglers have caught smallmouth bass. Channel catfish were hitting on live baits in the lower river. Try crawlers, bluegills, crayfish or minnows.

Detroit River: Is producing some yellow perch. No big numbers but enough for a meal. Fish the mouth and around the islands in about 14 feet with a perch rig and minnows. Walleye are slowing down and most of the fish caught were undersize. A fair to good number of smallmouth bass have been caught.

Wamplers Lake: Bass anglers here were not having much luck. A few decent perch were caught on minnows on the west end. Panfish were caught while casting a small rubber worm near the beach or while drifting a worm with a flasher in 5 to 7 feet.

Sand Lake: Largemouth bass were caught while drop-shotting a plastic worm in 8 to 10 feet or while casting a wacky worm in 5 to 10 feet on the north end. Some bluegills could be found on the beds but they would not bite. Sunfish were caught while drifting a crawler harness along the drop-offs in 4 to 12 feet.

Lake St. Clair: After a long month of sluggish smallmouth fishing things are slowly starting to turn around with decent catches reported near the point off the Metro Park, the spillway at the Clinton River, and up into the North Channel. The walleye bite was hit-or-miss. Those jigging and drifting did better than those trolling. A couple musky were caught near the Clinton River when trolling close to shore.

Lexington to Port Austin: A few walleye were caught in 85 feet and a few perch were found near the weed beds in 22 to 24 feet off Lexington. Port Sanilac was hot for those trolling 40 to 50 feet down in 110 to 150 feet straight out and up to 7 miles north with orange spoons and lead-core. Anglers caught a good number of walleye along with a few chinook, Atlantics, pink salmon and steelhead. No reports from Harbor Beach to Grindstone City. Those trolling straight north of Port Austin in 120 to 140 feet caught lake trout off the bottom and were also marking schools of fish that would not bite 40 to 50 feet down. The thermocline has been all over because of the winds.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye fishing slowed. Recent winds have stirred up the bay making the water murky and there were lots of floating weeds to foul up anglers’ lines. Fish were caught just south of Whites Beach along the Saganing Bar, straight off Pinconning along the Pinconning Bar, five miles east of the Spark Plug which is the shipping channel and in 8 to 10 feet on the Callahan Reef which is just east of Essexville. Some of the better catches were taken out of Quanicassee but not everyone took fish home. Perch fishing is just starting with fish taken in 18 feet off the Pinconning Bar. Catfish were caught on crawlers and shrimp in the Hot Ponds which are just east of the Saginaw River mouth. Just south of Sebewaing, those wading along the edge of the weeds off Fish Point caught largemouth bass with surface lures at sunset. From Caseville, a few walleye were caught off Oak Beach and Oak Point in 30 to 35 feet. Walleye are still being taken on crawler harnesses, assorted crankbaits, and spoons, but you have to find an active school of fish.

Saginaw River: The lower river was producing the usual catfish, bass and freshwater drum for shore anglers at Smith Park.


Fishing reports courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources


NOTE TO ANGLERS: This report is intended to give anglers an idea of fishing conditions around the state. The updates come from a combination of creel clerks and other DNR staff around the state and reflect past fishing conditions over the last seven days. Due to the nature of the Great Lakes, fishing conditions on them can change daily if not hourly based on wind and rain events.

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