Thursday, March 7, 2019

3/7/2019 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report

Southeast Lower Peninsula

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

Lake St. Clair: Recent cold temperatures have firmed up conditions in the canals, marinas, and nearshore areas. For the rest of the lake, please do not drive vehicles on the ice this late in the season. Use caution near the Fair Haven ramp due a truck going through the ice. Fishing success was sporadic now that the fish are in that slow mid-winter pattern.
  • 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: This time of year, boat anglers are often lured out to try to get in some early spring fishing. Ice from southern Lake Huron will often clog at the Bluewater Bridge and temporarily stop the flow of ice. Conditions can change drastically in a short time period, so anglers need to use extreme caution as shifting winds or changes in ice flow can completely cut off access to the boat launch.
Lake OrionAnglers on Lake Orion and Stringy Lakes report catching good numbers of panfish and fair numbers of northern pike. East and West Graham lakes and Heart Lake in the Bald Mountain Recreation Area also were producing a decent panfish bite.

For more Oakland County Public Lakes: Click Here!

Saginaw Bay: Ice anglers targeting perch off the park inside Pinconning Bay did not catch anything. A few were taken off Linwood in five to six feet which was as far as the ice went out. There was a bigger sheet of ice hanging on off the Bay City State Park where anglers were heading out, but the bite was slow. There was fishable ice off Vanderbilt Park near Quanicassee. Anglers were taking mainly perch but a few walleye were also found in seven feet. A couple limit catches of perch were taken however the average catch was 10 to 12 per angler. Some of the fish were good size. On the east side, large piles of ice 20 to 30 feet high put an end to fishing from Thomas Road to Sebewaing. A couple anglers tried at Geiger Road but reported some bad ice that was hard to see because of snow. At Caseville, anglers caught a couple lake trout and burbot. The water off the Pigeon River and Mud Creek was still muddy.
  • 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: There was open water in the channel at Wickes Park. A few anglers were out on the turn basin near Ojibway Island, but they did not catch much.
Anglers were scattered from First Street to Zilwaukee and on down to Cass Avenue, fishing away from the main channel, but nobody did very well as the water was still a bit muddy. There was open water near the Boys & Girls Club at the south end of Bay City. A couple eater-size walleye were caught in 18 feet downstream of the U.S.S Edson below the Independence Bridge, but from there down to the mouth fishing was slow. Anglers are warned to stay away from the main channel, as the ice out there was questionable.
Tittabawassee River: Had a few shore anglers from the Caldwell ramp upstream along the bank, but they did not catch much. A couple walleye were caught by those ice fishing off Center Road.

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.

Clinton County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Genessee County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Hillsdale County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Jackson County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Lapeer County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Lenawee County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Livingston County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Oakland County Public Lakes Page 1: Click Here! 
Oakland County Public Lakes Page 2: Click Here!
Washtenaw County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Wayne County Public Lakes: Click Here!

Lake Erie Walleye Projections: Lake Erie walleye numbers are continuing to be projected as above average for the upcoming season. The video below gives the details: 

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