Thursday, October 11, 2018

10/11/2018 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southeast Lower Peninsula

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

Lake Erie:  The DNR will continue its annual walleye assessment near Monroe through October 12 with gill nets set near Stoney Point and Luna Pier. Avoid navigating in between the large orange staff buoys and be sure to give the research vessel some room. The perch bite continued to pick up with most boats getting 30-60 fish as well as a good number of limit catches in the morning or afternoon in 22 feet in Brest Bay, 22 to 26 feet southeast of Stoney Point, near Buoys 1 & 2 or 5 & 6 off the River Raisin, 23 feet near the Dumping Grounds and between the E-Buoy and Ohio waters. Anglers were getting 13-15-inch perch Off Stoney Point and the Dumping Grounds. Most were using emerald shiners or fathead minnows on perch rigs with green, orange, red or chartreuse spinners and/or beads. Walleye were caught in 15 feet in Brest Bay when trolling spinners with dipsy divers. Weeds were making it difficult for those trolling.  Good bass fishing along the shoreline and near the harbors. A good number of largemouth and the odd smallmouth were caught off the seawall at the mouth of Frenchtown Harbor, off Sterling, Bolles HarborToledo Beach Marina and the Hot Ponds with spinners, topwater frogs, crayfish or green pumpkin and watermelon worms.  

  • 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.

Belleville Lake: Walleye fishing is going pretty well on Belleville.  Anglers are getting walleye by trolling crawler harnesses and lindy rigs along the eastern end of the lake , as well as near the bridges downtown. Anglers trolling are getting by-catch of white bass, white perch and northern pike.  While some anglers are catching suspended walleyes along weedlines using slip bobbers rigged with leeches.  

Huron River: The fall bite is on in full.  Anglers are taking smallmouth on bucktail jigs, twistertails and topwaters baits like whopper ploppers as well.  A few walleye have been taken as well up river with plenty of pike being taken as well. 

Detroit River:  The yellow perch are moving in and were caught in 10 to 12 feet around the islands or 14 to 17 feet at the mouth. Most were taken with minnows on spreaders.  Walleye were caught around Calf Island. Anglers were trolling, jigging or hand-lining.  

Macomb County:  Anglers started jigging for walleye on the inland lakes. The bite started to pick up with the cooler weather. Most were using blue colored jigs and plastics tipped with a minnow. Panfish are starting to show up in the canals.  

  • 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:  Pier and shore anglers at Lexington caught one or two Atlantic salmon per day. Fewer fish were caught during the warm up this week as it appears they moved back out to deeper water. A few pike were also caught. 

Port Austin:  A few perch were caught from the docks.

Saginaw Bay:  Had few anglers off Eagle Bay Marina but a couple good catches of perch were taken in eight to 13 feet. Some perch were also taken from the old state bridge in Quanicassee. Those fishing the inner bay did well for bluegills with some nice fish caught by shore anglers at Finn Road in 11 feet and northeast of Sebewaing off Pop’s Place. Bluegills were also taken by shore anglers between Sebewaing and Bay Port. The bite was best when the sun came out. A couple bass boats at Bay Port caught a few largemouth bass close to shore. When the weather allows, anglers can find some good size smallmouth out near North Island.      

Saginaw River:  A few perch were caught near Smith Park and Wirt Stone at Essexville.

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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