Saturday, February 22, 2020

2/20/2020 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report

To access the original Michigan DNR fishing Report: Click Here!
Detroit River: Boat anglers have caught yellow perch in Airport Bay. They are sorting through the small ones but still getting a few keepers. Those fishing the canals around Gibraltar are also getting some fish.
Huron River: Boat and shore anglers are getting steelhead on Hot-n-Tots, small jigs with wax worms and black flies.   
Oakland County: Had ice; however, some of the inland lakes still had open water and thin spots, so caution needs to be used. Melted snow has created a layer of secondary ice and slush on the existing ice. Anglers could be found on a few of the small inland lakes in the northern end of the county. They caught panfish and northern pike. The bite was not really aggressive. Best time slots were before 11 a.m. and after 3:30 p.m. The early morning bite for pike improved when using a tip-up with a golden shiner.    
  • For more public lakes to fish in Oakland County: Click Here! 
  • Oakland County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Lake St. ClairNot much has changed as there is still some ice in the areas that have been holding on. Conditions are highly variable with the constant freeze/thaw cycles, and extreme caution needs to be used. Catch rates were slow as these same areas have been fished extensively because of the limited ice coverage.
  • 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!

Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions still vary throughout. Those fishing off the county park in Pinconning caught a few perch with jigs and minnows in 5 feet. A couple pike were also caught. At Linwood, anglers were only getting out a short distance, and catch rates were minimal. Those walking off the state park were on questionable ice, and open water could be seen from the parking lot. Some are walking straight out; some are fishing near the Kawkawlin River or heading out to the first main pile of ice before the open water starts. The ice is not safe beyond this point. Fishing was very slow, with just a couple walleye or whitefish taken by those jigging a Swedish pimple tipped with a minnow. Anglers were out from Sebewaing to Bay Port; however, ice conditions vary. Overall fishing was slow, with only a few pike caught in the marinas or near shore. Some perch were caught out of Mud Creek, but most were small. A couple walleye and lake trout were caught, but the overall fishing was slow. Ice formed once again at the pier in Caseville, and a few anglers fishing off the parking lot caught a couple lake trout. Use caution as the winds have moved the ice in and out at Caseville all winter.

  • 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 RiverHad ice. Boats could only get out in a few small areas at Zilwaukee and the Saginaw Marina at Rust Avenue, but they were breaking ice to do so. With all the ice, piloting a boat was somewhat difficult. A couple walleye were caught when they could find open water, but the overall action was slow.    
Tittabawassee RiverHad ice, and the boat launches were not usable as there was a lot of shore ice.

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!

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