Thursday, September 13, 2018

9/13/2018 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

As we transition closer to fall, this is one of the best times of year to head out fishing. The large crowds are gone for the most part and the fish will soon start a feeding frenzy as they prepare for winter. On the inland lakes, panfish were found deeper in 12 to 15 feet. Pike are in the shallows along the weed beds.  

To access the original Michigan DNR fishing Report: Click Here!
Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie:  The perch bite was slow however fish were found off Fermi in 24 feet on perch rigs and minnows with or without green, orange and chartreuse spinners. Large and smallmouth bass as well as pike were caught in the Sterling State Park canals, off Bolles Harbor, Luna Pier and the Toledo Beach Marina when casting artificial lures. A good number of catfish were caught in the Hot Ponds.

  • 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.

Detroit River:  A few perch have been caught around Sugar Island but the fish were a little smaller than those caught in Lake Erie. Most are using perch rigs with shiners. A couple walleye were caught on jigs and rapalas around Calf Island or between Celeron Island and Grosse Ile. 

Lake St. Clair:  Cooler temperatures had the bass closer to shore and those fishing less than a mile and a half off the Metro Park did well for smallmouth. Walleye were caught by those jigging plastic worms near the mouth of the river channels. Pike anglers did well around Grassy Island when trolling artificial lures. For muskie, fish were caught off the Metro Park and the Clinton River when casting and trolling artificial baits or when using drop-shot. 

  • 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:  Had few reports. The odd pike was caught inside the harbor at Port Sanilac. 

Harbor Beach Lake trout were caught straight out and north of the harbor in 80 to 150 feet. Try dodgers with spin-glo’s near the bottom or spoons off downriggers at various depths. For walleye, try 40 to 90 feet with small spoons or Hot-n-Tots off 3, 5 and 7 colored lines. For bass, try small spoons or body baits close to shore.

Saginaw Bay Strong northeast winds had the bay all stirred up. A few perch were taken in 12 to 15 feet off the Saganing and the Pinconning Bars. Try floating or drifting minnows. The constant northeast winds raised the level of the Saginaw River nearly three feet. As a result, most boat launches along the inner bay were not usable as the docks were underwater. Conditions should improve this week.   

  • 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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