Friday, January 25, 2019

1/25/2019 Southeast Lower Peninsula Michigan DNR Weekly Fishing Report

Southeast Lower Peninsula

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

Southeastern Michigan inland lakes appear to have anywhere from 4-8" on them and forming quickly! 

Maceday Lake: Maceday is producing catches of splake on minnows.  Ice is 5+ inches and developing well with the current cold front. 
Lake Erie:  Anglers are catching perch inside the metropark marina where the ice is around 5 inches.  The canals around Gibraltar are also producing perch but use a spud bar to make sure ice is safe.
Brest bay has no ice as of yet only large ice chunks floating around.  

  • 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: The lake is freezing. Anglers have been getting into bluegills and sunfish at the north end out near the Raft Restaurant and Fair Haven Launch. The areas both in and outside the canals and docks have been the real hotspots. Pike have been seen cruising the area and a few have been speared. Yellow perch are abundant but the majority of fish caught near the Raft, Fair Haven and Selfridge were between 3 and 5 inches. The size goes up as you start heading down towards the Clinton River Cut Off and launch sites around the Metro Park.   
St. Clair River: Ice flows are extremely heavy and causing ice jams. 

Saginaw BayNear Pinconning, ice anglers were heading out up to ¾ mile off Whites Beach, but the perch bite was slow. A few anglers ventured out from the trailer park near the mouth of the Saginaw River and were targeting 8 feet of water. Those fishing in 4 feet of water off Finn Road caught nothing. At Quanicassee, those going out to 8 feet off Vanderbilt Park did manage to catch some perch ranging 8-10 inches in the morning.  They were using Russian hooks and beads. Some perch were also taken as shallow as 3 ½ - 4 feet. Try to avoid the murky river plume and you will find fish. Thomas Road had no one out as parking there is not good until the ice gets thick. From Sebewaing to Bay Port, a few pike were speared, but perch fishing was slow. Caseville had some ice fishing activity but not much success. 

  • 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: Ice fishing started but just barely. There was no activity at Wickes Park or Rust Avenue, but there were anglers out near Ojibway Island and they did get a few walleye when jigging fire-tiger or wonder bread rapalas tipped with minnows. There was some fishing activity off First Street, at various locations along Crow Island and near Vet’s Park on M-13 however most anglers caught undersize fish. The ice through Bay City was still sketchy. 
A few tried near the U.S.S. Edson, but no reports came in. As mentioned earlier, there were a few anglers creeping out on the river mouth; however, people need to be very careful on that river ice!  Some have started fishing in front of the Patterson Road launch ramp, but there again, that ice has been marginal and anglers need to use extreme caution. 
Tittabawassee River: Fishing here has ended for the time being. The river’s full of ice floes and the ramps were iced in.

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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