Saturday, September 29, 2018

9/27/2018 Southeast Lower Michigan Fishing Report

To access the original Michigan DNR fishing Report: Click Here!
Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie:  The perch bite continued to pick up and most boats caught between 20-50 fish while just a couple reported limit catches. Most fish were caught east of Stony Point in 24 to 25 feet and near the E-Buoy when using minnows on perch rigs with green, orange and chartreuse spinners and beads. White bass, white perch and freshwater drum were also caught. Those targeting walleye caught the occasional fish on a crawler harness in Brest Bay. Bass fishing was excellent. In the morning and early afternoon, largemouth and some good size smallmouth were caught on white spinners off the Sterling seawall. Those fishing off the Bolles Harbor and Toledo Beach Marina breakwaters caught largemouth on green pumpkin or watermelon worms and drop-shot rigs. Channel cats were still hitting in the Hot Ponds though catch rates have slowed with only five to 15 per boat.  

  • 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:  Perch anglers are beginning to catch some fish around Metro Beach Park and just north of the Clinton River cutoff ramp when fishing close to the shoreline. Bass fishing was tough.  

  • 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:  Muskie fishing slowed but anglers were getting some walleye near the mouth when jigging plastic worms. Bass fishing was better in the river. 

Lexington to Port Sanilac:  A few lake trout, steelhead and Atlantic salmon were taken 40 to 50 feet down in 80 to 90 feet with spoons off downriggers and sliders. A couple walleye were caught off the piers at night.

Port Austin:  A couple walleye were taken on crank baits in 40 to 60 feet. The fish seem to be scattered. Lake trout were taken in 130 feet.  

Harbor Beach:  Lake trout were taken about 100 feet down in 140 feet and deeper.  The thermocline off the Thumb was all over the place with temperatures at the bottom running anywhere from the mid 40’s to the mid 60’s. A few walleye were caught at night by those casting Cleo’s and crank baits off the breakwall.  

Saginaw Bay:  Continues to have slow but steady perch fishing as most boats were getting less than 10 per trip. Fish were found in 10 to 15 feet off the Saganing Bar, the Pinconning Bar and near the mouth of the Pine River.  Much of the inner bay was all churned up after the strong winds. Anglers caught anywhere from three to 15 perch near the sailboat buoys off Linwood, the Spark Plug, the old shipping channel and near Spoils Island. Shore anglers fishing the channel at Finn Road caught some nice bluegills and sunfish, but fishing was slow up the east side. A couple walleye were caught by shore anglers at the marina at Sebewaing.   

  • 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.

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