Thursday, July 5, 2018

7/04/2018 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Even though fishing boats have been outnumbered by pleasure boats during the hot spell, panfish and bass fishing should be great on the inland lakes. Those trolling on the Great Lakes are getting a mix of salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Boat and shore anglers are reminded to be respectful of those around you.  

Lake Erie:  Limits of walleye were caught around Buoys 1 and 2 off the River Raisin as well as straight off Stony Point and out near the Michigan-Ohio border.  Most were trolling a copper, chartreuse or lime crawler harness 50 to 60 feet back in 24 to 28 feet.  Freshwater drum, white bass, white perch and channel cats were caught throughout the lake when targeting walleye.  Largemouth bass were caught around the Toledo Beach Marina when casting crank bait.  Those fishing the Hot Ponds early to mid-morning caught a good number of channel cats in less than two hours when using shrimp for bait.  

  • 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.

Lake St. Clair:  The better walleye catches were around the St Clair Light and in the shipping channel in 20 to 30 feet near the drop-offs.  Fair catches of perch were also taken by those walleye anglers trolling a crawler harness.  The river mouths are a good place to look for smallmouth bass and walleye this time of year.  Smallmouth fishing was best along the Mile Roads in 10 to 12 feet.  Those fishing the canals caught a fair number of bluegills and rock bass along with the occasional perch when using crawlers.  

  • 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)
  • Macomb County Bait Shops: Click Here!

Lexington and Port Sanilac:  A few perch were caught just north of Lexington.  

Harbor Beach:  For lake trout, try the bottom 50 in 80 to 120 feet north of the harbor with dodgers and spin-glo’s near the bottom.  A few were caught off Wagoner Park in 80 to 90 feet.  For salmon and steelhead in the same area, try bright colored spoons off 5, 7 and 10 colored lead lines with boards or spoons off downriggers from top to bottom.  A few walleye were taken close to shore north of the harbor with Hot-n-Tot’s, spoons or a crawler harness.  Bass were caught near shore when casting spoons or body baits.  

Saginaw Bay:  Walleye were caught in 20 to 25 feet at the Spark Plug.  Blue and chrome were the hot colors.  Those using shrimp or worms in the Hot Ponds caught channel cats.  Those fishing off the cement plant at Essexville caught bass on spinners or tube jigs.  Walleye were caught off Finn Road with a crawler harness in 12 feet and off Sebewaing in 12 to 15 feet.  Those fishing outside the islands off Bay Port did better along the Slot however windy conditions have kept the fishing pressure down.  The odd fish was caught off Sand Point and Oak Point.  

  • 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 and catfish were caught mostly on worms but a small number were taken on minnows. 

  • 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. 

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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