Thursday, August 30, 2018

8/29/2018 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

The rivers are high and muddy after the heavy rain.  Fewer anglers were out because of the storms and muggy weather however the cooler temperatures should help improve the bite for those heading out for the last holiday weekend of the summer.  

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie:  Storms slowed the perch bite and high winds have kept boats off the water.  When they could get out, fish were found in 22 to 24 feet near the E-Buoy and the Dumping Grounds, 14 to 15 feet in Brest Bay or in 25 to 26 feet between Stony Point and Fermi.  Most were using minnows on perch rigs with green, orange and chartreuse spinners.  The walleye action slowed but a few were found near the Dumping Grounds with bandits, in 21 to 23 feet between Stony Point and Fermi or in 25 feet off the River Raisin with a green, purple, blue or chartreuse crawler harness. The Hot Ponds continue to produce good numbers of catfish when using crawlers or chicken liver.  White bass, white perch and freshwater drum continue to be caught.  Pointe Mouillee had good bass and pike fishing. 

  • 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:  Bass and panfish were caught at Barton Pond and Barton Dam.  

Washtenaw County:  Bass were caught on the Portage Lake Chain with both live or artificial baits.  Whitmore Lake was producing bass and pike, but the fish were small.   

  • For a list of  Washtenaw County bait shops: Click Here!
  • For more Washtenaw County Public Lakes: Click Here!

Detroit River:   Yellow perch were caught with some taking near limit catches.  


Lake St. Clair:  The bite slowed but those trolling a crawler harness along the bottom were taking a few fish but were also getting snagged in the fast growing weed beds. 

  • 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 to Port Sanilac:  Did not have much activity due to the weather.  The few that were out trolling did not have much luck. 

Harbor Beach:  Storms and windy conditions have kept boats anglers at bay.  Before the storms, lake trout and a few salmon were caught straight out in 160 feet on dodgers and spin-glo’s and clean spoons. A couple Chinook were taken on spoons halfway down in 80 to 120 feet.  Walleye were in 50 to 80 feet and hitting small spoons and body baits north of the harbor.  Bass anglers were casting small body baits and spoons.  Shore anglers caught rock bass when jigging along the rocks.   

Saginaw Bay:  Had a slow week.  If it was not raining the wind was blowing so the bay was churned up and muddy.  When boats could get out, a few walleye were taken on harnesses out near Buoy #1, in the Slot off Sebewaing in 12 to 14 feet or outside the islands.  A few perch were taken off Linwood around Sailboat Buoys A, B and E, the old shipping channel in 15 feet, near the Spark Plug in 25 feet or just north of Spoils Island in 16 feet.  

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

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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