Friday, August 17, 2018

8/16/2018 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie:  Limits of yellow perch were caught in 16 feet near the red buoy out of 
Bolles Harbor or in 22 to 25 feet near the E-Buoy and the Dumping Grounds.  Most were using minnows on perch rigs with green, orange and chartreuse spinners, and crappie rigs.  The better fishing was in the morning between 6-11 a.m.  Walleye limits were reported early morning or late evening off the River Raisin in 21 to 23 feet with a blue and purple crawler harness or between Stony Point and Fermi with bandits or a green, purple or chartreuse crawler harness.  White bass, white perch, and large channel cats continue to be caught.  The Hot Ponds were producing a good number of catfish for those using shrimp or crawlers.  Smallmouth bass were hitting on crank baits in Brest Bay or jigs off Otter Creek.  

  • 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.

Washtenaw County: Water levels were low on the lakes and rivers.  The boat launch on Joslin Lake is closed for a couple weeks for improvements to the ramp and surrounding area.  The tentative reopening date is August 30.  Anglers on Little Portage Lake and Ford Lake caught bluegills on live bait.  Bass anglers on the Portage Lake Chain had fair success.      

Maceday Lake In Oakland County was producing 10-12 inch splake.  The fish were 75 to 80 feet down in 80 to 100 feet and hitting on perch spreaders or drop-shot rigs tipped with minnows.  

Lake St. Clair:  Walleye and perch were caught by those trolling a crawler harness in the shipping channel.  Muskie anglers did fair in Anchor Bay and 1 ½ - 2 miles off the Clinton River in 15 to 20 feet.  Bass anglers have been moving into the river channels where the water is moving faster and is cooler.  Those launching from Fairhaven found fish in St. John’s Marsh.  Crank baits worked better than top-water lures.  Chartreuse and watermelon were the hot colors.  

  • 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!

Port Sanilac:   Anglers were still getting steelhead 35 feet down in over 85 feet when trolling spoons off the trailer park at Forester.  Perch fishing has come to a standstill.    

Harbor Beach:  Walleye were caught on bombers about halfway down in 90 feet north and east of the harbor.  Lake trout were 70 feet down in 112 feet.  

Port Hope:  Some walleye were caught on harnesses in 35 feet.  

Saginaw Bay:  Anglers seem to be targeting more perch than walleye.  Fish were caught off Linwood near Sailboat Buoys G, H, F and S, the old shipping channel and out near the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12).  A fair to good number of fish ranging nine to 10 inches were caught.  Any walleye fishing was done in deep water northeast of Buoys 1 & 2 at the very end of the shipping channel.  Catfish were caught at the Hot Ponds.  Fishing up the east side was slow.  Walleye boats were going all over.  Try 10 to 12 feet between the islands and the deep part of the Slot north of Sebewaing.  Fish over or through the weeds.  Perch fishing on the east side was spotty with most heading out to the shipping channel.  Pier and river fishing for the entire area is summer slow with only a few catfish, carp, freshwater drum or bass caught.  

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

Lapeer County:  Watts Lake in the Lapeer State Game Area was producing some bluegills and smallmouth bass.  

Below are links to bait shop listings organized by county:  

Your area may not 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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