Thursday, June 21, 2018

6/21/2018 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie:  Walleye fishing was spotty as some were getting limit catches quickly while others found the bite to be slow.  Limits of walleye were caught while trolling bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses around the E-Buoy and Buoys 1 & 2 off the River Raisin.  Most were using a purple or fire-tiger crawler harness.  Yellow perch, white bass, white perch and freshwater drum were also caught.  

  • If you're planning on fishing any of the canals near Lake Erie Metro Park or Point Mouillee State Game Area you can get all of your bait & tackle needs met at  Bottom Line Bait & Tackle
  • If you're planning on fishing out of Sterling State Park or the Brest Bay area you can pick up tackle from the nice people at Jeff's Bait & Tackle.

Huron River:  Anglers were taking a decent number of large and smallmouth bass on both live and artificial baits.   

  • 7.6 Miles North of Huroc Park there is a Dicks Sporting Goods
  • 7.6 Miles North of Huroc Park there is also a Meijer which carries fishing tackle and some live bait
  • 7.6 Miles North of Huroc Park there is also a Petsmart which carries crawlers, wax worms, mealworms and red wigglers
  • 5.3 Miles south east of Huroc Park the people at Bottom Line Bait & Tackle can help with any bait and tackle you need whether you're chasing bass, steelhead or walleye. 


Belleville Lake: Carp are spawning in the shallows throughout the lake making for a decent nights of bowfishing.  As well carp are being caught just below Ford Dam on leeches and night crawlers.  The walleye bite is going very well with anglers catching fish on chartreuse crawler harnesses and lindy rigs with leeches.  The lily pads are grown in but not too dense and largemouth bass are being taken on topwater frogs where ever pads are present.

Detroit River:  Smallmouth bass were caught near the Cross-Dike near Sugar Island and along the seawalls in the Trenton Channel.  The walleye action slowed but a few were taken from the deeper channels in the lower river when trolling a crawler harness or diving baits.  The white bass run is nearly done but a few were caught in Ecorse, Wyandotte and Trenton. 

Lake St. Clair:  The better walleye fishing was in the river but a few were caught in the lake.  Most were using a crawler harness with a bottom bouncer.  Perch were found near the channels.  Smallmouth bass were found in eight to 10 feet off the Mile Roads and Anchor Bay.  

  • For a more accurate report on Lake St. Clair I suggest reaching out to the people at Sportsmen's Direct  as their weekly LSC fishing report is usually far more in depth.  Phone: (586-741-6052)

St. Clair River:  Walleye fishing slowed off Algonac however fish were caught further down the system in the Middle and South Channels.  Jigging one ounce jig heads and trolling crawler harnesses down current towards the lake has led to some impressive walleye.  A few perch were caught when fishing the drop-offs in the lower end of the channels.  For smallmouth bass, try soft plastics in the lower channels.  

Lexington and Port Sanilac:  Lexington had pleasure boaters.  Pier anglers were fishing for whatever will bite.  At Port Sanilac, lake trout and the odd steelhead were caught north of the port in 50 to 70 feet with an orange, chartreuse or purple spoon near the bottom.  A few boats were looking for perch but none were found.  

Harbor Beach Lake trout were taken in 80 to 120 feet with dodgers and spin-glo’s near the bottom.  Green or pink were good colors.  A few salmon were taken on spoons 30 to 60 feet down.  Steelhead were caught straight out and north in 90 to 130 feet with bright colored spoons off boards.  Walleye were caught north of the harbor in 30 feet with spoons, small body baits and worm burners with crawlers.  Bass were hitting on spoons and small body baits close to shore.   

Saginaw Bay:  Walleye were caught in 25 feet at the Spark Plug with spoons, crank baits or a crawler harness.  Off Pinconning, those using spoons in 20 to 25 feet caught fish off Gambil’s.  At Finn Road, the fish were shallow in four to six feet and hitting a crawler harness.   From Quanicassee to Fish Point, catch rates were good during the week and slower on the weekend.  Fish were caught from the buoys off Quanicassee to Thomas Road, along the Slot and between the Coryeon Reef and the Spark Plug in 25 to 28 feet with a harness or plastics in purple or fire-tiger.   From Fish Point to Sebewaing, anglers caught a mixed bag in 17 feet.  At Bay Port, walleye anglers were fishing outside the islands and the Slot.   

  • For a more accurate report on Saginaw Bay I suggest taking a look at the weekly Saginaw Bay Fishing Report given to you by

Saginaw River:  Smallmouth bass, channel cats and freshwater drum were caught off Smith Park and the Wart Stone Dock.  

  • For a more accurate report on fishing the Saginaw & Tittabawassee Rivers I suggest joining the Michigan Fish Slayers group on facebook.  There are always quite a few people giving updates on Saginaw & Tittabawassee River fishing. 

Flint River:  Anglers were taking limit catches of channel cats in the Holloway Reservoir when using a plain hook with a worm.  

  • For more public lakes to fish in Genesee county: Click Here! 

Nearby Bait Shops Include: 
Bait Masters (989) 697-5341
Bob's Bait Shop & Taxidermy (989) 684-6431
Cobb Bait, Tackle & Pet Supply (989) 684-2150

M-15 Bait & Tackle (898) 667-2100

With summer in full swing there are ample opportunities to get out and fish.  With that in mind I suggest reaching out to the local bait shops in southeast Michigan to verify what your best options are.  Below are links to bait shop listings organized by county:

Your area may be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Southeast Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Clinton County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Genessee County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Hillsdale County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Jackson County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Lapeer County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Lenawee County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Livingston County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Oakland County Public Lakes Page 1: Click Here! 
Oakland County Public Lakes Page 2: Click Here!
Washtenaw County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Wayne County Public Lakes: Click Here!

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