Thursday, August 2, 2018

8/2/2018 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie: Yellow perch anglers have begun to out number the walleye anglers. Fish were caught out of Bolles Harbor, Luna Pier, near the E-Buoy and the Dumping Grounds in 22 to 24 feet on spreader rigs with orange and chartreuse spinners. Fish were marked across the lake but very few limits were taken, usually 20 to 60 perch per boat in 4-6 hours.  Most fish were 8-10 inches. Limits of walleye were caught on spoons along the Dumping Ground, crank baits in 20 feet in Brest Bay or between Stony Point and Fermi in 22 to 27 feet with bandits or when trolling a purple, pink or chartreuse crawler harness.  Those targeting walleye and perch also caught white bass, white perch, freshwater drum and some large channel cats.  Largemouth bass were caught on spinners and twister tails at the south end of Pte. Mouillee State Game Area.  

  • 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 RiverIs producing a few panfish at various locations when using live bait.    
Detroit River: Anglers have caught some panfish in the cuts and canals. A few perch were found around the islands.   
Lake St. Clair: Bass action picked up with sizable smallmouth caught in 12 to 15 feet off the Mile Roads and the channel mouths. Musky anglers caught fish near the Clinton River Cut-off in 15 to 20 feet when trolling hard body lures. Walleye fishing was fair for those trolling a crawler harness near the St. Clair Light. Hot colors were gold and green. Anglers also caught a few perch.  
  • 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!
St. Clair River: A few perch and walleye were caught at the end of the South Channel.  
Port SanilacMost of the action was perch fishing south of the harbor in 29 to 31 feet. Drift with perch rigs and minnows until you find an active school of fish, then anchor. Some lake trout were taken north of the port. Pier fishing was summer slow.  
Harbor BeachWalleye were caught north of the harbor in 40 to 60 feet with small spoons, Hot-n-Tot’s or a crawler harness. Lake trout were caught straight out and north of the harbor in 60 to 140 feet with clean spoons throughout the water column or dodgers and spin-glo’s near the bottom. A couple steelhead were taken in the same area with bright colored spoons. Bass continue to hit on body baits and small spoons.    
Grindstone CityA few walleye were taken but no limit catches to report. The key is to keep moving around and watch for bottom structure. Lake trout were caught in 90 to 110 feet with high lines and spoons. Steelhead and the odd Atlantic were also caught.   
Port AustinWalleye fishing was hit-or-miss. Most boats were heading southwest to fish off the reefs.  Bass anglers did well in 6 to 17 feet straight north of the harbor.
Saginaw BayThose trolling for walleye did best out near Buoys 1 and 2 (the outer Spark Plug at the end of the dredged shipping channel) and along the edge of the channel in 25 feet. Most are using crawler harnesses; but a few were running spoons to avoid the catfish and freshwater drum. Some perch were caught near sailboat Buoy F off Linwood, in 26 feet near the inner Spark Plug (Buoys 11 and 12), and at the mouth of the old shipping channel not far from the mouth of the Saginaw River. On the east side, walleye fishing was slow; but a few were picked up in shallower waters north of Sebewaing on the east side of the Slot. Try 10 to 12 feet and move deeper if you do not find any fish. The far north end of the Slot which is off the tip of Sand Point was producing a few more fish than further south but the action was still hit-or-miss. Walleye anglers off Caseville were heading to the tip of Sand Point, up near Oak Point, the Steeples or the reefs between Caseville and Port Austin. The walleye moved out to deep water so fish the outer bay.  
  • For a more accurate report on Saginaw Bay I suggest taking a look at the weekly Saginaw Bay Fishing Report given to you by
Flint River: Walleye, channel cats and sunfish have been caught in Holloway Reservoir and at the dam. Catfish anglers are using worms, minnows and chicken liver.  

Shiawassee County: Pike and largemouth bass were caught on Lobdell Lake. 

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 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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