Friday, November 2, 2018

11/1/2018 Southeast Lower Peninsula Michigan Fishing Report

Southeast Lower Peninsula

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Lake Erie: The perch bite continued to hold steady with most boats getting 20-60 fish and even a few limit catches. Fish were caught southeast of Stony Point in 25 feet, east of Stony Point near or in Ohio waters in 27 feet, and near the Dumping Grounds. Emerald shiners on perch rigs with green, orange and chartreuse spinners and/or beads were still the ticket. Catch rates for walleye dropped to one or two fish taken east of Sterling State Park beach in 16 to 18 feet in the early morning when trolling spoons and pink, purple or red bandits and flicker minnows. Those targeting walleye and perch also caught white perch, white bass, freshwater drum, smallmouth bass and channel cats. Large and smallmouth bass along with a few crappie and bowfin were caught along the Sterling seawall. Try tube baits, crank baits or a green pumpkin worm.

  • 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: Yellow perch have been caught around the islands and down at the mouth. A small number were just starting to move into the canals and marinas. A few walleye were caught at the south end of Grosse Ile and north of Calf Island when using a jig and minnow. Some bluegills were caught on wax worms in the marinas.
Lexington to Port Sanilac: Night fishing for walleye is worth pursuing at both ports. During the day, pier anglers caught some steelhead and Atlantic salmon however Lexington was more productive for trout and salmon. Those that want to catch Atlantic salmon should start trying around the firearm opener for deer season which is November 15. Right now, the fish are pre-spawn and tend to have lock-jaw, but after they spawn, they are hungry and begin feeding again. This is when fishing picks up and continues to be good through ice-up.
Harbor Beach: Night anglers casting off the break-wall continue to catch some walleye at the north gap.
Port Austin: A few perch were caught inside the harbor. This is the time when night anglers start to catch walleye off the breakwall when casting spoons or body baits.

Saginaw Bay: Boat anglers off Eagle Bay Marina and the Pine River caught some perch in seven to 10 feet. The keepers were running between eight and 10 inches. Shore anglers fishing the lower Pine River caught mostly small perch. Those trolling for walleye caught some nice fish on crank baits out past Buoys 1 & 2. This might indicate the bigger fish are just coming back into the bay as the water cools down. Boat anglers caught walleye about a mile north of Spoils Island and some perch near Buoy #18, in the old shipping channel and off the loading dock near Spoils Island. Perch fishing remains slow and spotty from Quanicassee to Caseville. Boat anglers picked up a few in six to eight feet straight off the mouth of the Quanicassee River. The perch were still not in the cuts and river mouths in big numbers. Currently the water temperatures were in the high 40’s to maybe 50 degrees. Minnows are just starting to move into the river mouths again. Those that want to fish for perch in the river mouths and cuts should start fishing now. If you wait to hear “the perch are in”, by the time you get there it may well be over. Shore anglers at the Finn Road Cut caught bluegills and sunfish but very few perch.

  • For a more accurate report on Saginaw Bay I suggest taking a look at the weekly Saginaw Bay Fishing Report given to you by
Saginaw River: Walleye were caught in the lower river however most of the keepers were 13 to 14 inches and lots of sub-legal fish were caught and released. Likewise, perch anglers fishing the lower river are starting to get some fish in and near the Bay Aggregate Cut, off Bay Harbor Marina and the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club.

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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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