Thursday, February 7, 2019

2/7/2019 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report

New Regulation: Perch limits on Michigan waters will be lower starting April 1, 2019. The video below gives the details:

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

FOR THIS WEEK: Please use caution on the water for the next week or so as the forecast for southeast Michigan shows the weather will be in the high 40's with evening temps dropping into the 30's for the next ten days with at least one day reaching close to 60 degrees. 

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake St. Clair: The Clinton River out at Harley Ensign opened back up because of the warm water discharge over the weekend. Most of the lake had an inch or so of water covering the ice. The action was good for bluegills, sunfish and pike near the Raft Restaurant. Anglers did well for a few days at the end of Cotton Road while taking bluegills and some jumbo perch however the action did slow. Those walking out from the Crocker Road DNR ramp caught some perch on jigging spoons with or without minnows and wax worms in six to eight feet near Gino’s. Most were six to eight inches with a few as big as 10 inches. Anglers had been getting into bluegills and sunfish at the north end out near the Raft Restaurant and the Fair Haven Launch. Perch were caught from the Clinton River Cut-off to the Raft Restaurant. Yellow perch are abundant but the majority of fish caught near the Raft, Fair Haven and Selfridge were between 3 and 5 inches

Ice was running up to 6 inches thick on some of the smaller lakes in the area, less on others, before rain and warm temperatures invaded the area. Extreme caution is advised when heading out on all lakes. Frigid temperatures were in the forecast so anglers were hoping the lakes freeze back up quickly.

Saginaw Bay: After the big thaw ice conditions were slushy with a lot of water on top in most places. Some perch were caught off White’s Beach in eight to 10 feet. Anglers going four to five miles off Pinconning Road, Coggins Road, Erickson Road and Linwood Road were getting some walleye. Watch out for the first pressure crack; it’s active and can spread to as much as eight feet. Lots of activity around the Spark Plug in 24 to 28 feet with some nice catches of walleye and big perch taken. We had reports of some good catches of nice perch off Vanderbilt Park in the afternoon and evening. Going up the east side, there was not much fishing pressure as most opted to fish the west side. A couple walleye, pike and perch were caught from the Slot and a couple lake trout were caught near the pier at Caseville.

  • 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 was spotty along most of the river with a lot of sub-legal fish caught and released at most locations. A few keepers were taken along the edge of the channel in 18 to 20 feet downstream of the Independence Bridge and near the mouth. After the big thaw, anglers will have to be very careful of the river ice. The current will pick up and the river will probably get pretty muddy.

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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