Sunday, July 26, 2020

7/23/20 Southeast Lower Peninsula Michigan Fishing Report

Southeast Lower Peninsula

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

Lake ErieAnglers had to search for walleye, and the numbers were down. Most did best near Fermi, Turtle Island, the Dumping Grounds and Luna Pier right off the bottom in 24 to 28 feet. Some did better when they increased their trolling speed. Hot colors were purple, green and gold. The perch bite picked up, with fish caught around Pointe Mouillee and Luna Pier when drifting minnows. Lots of catfish are being caught in the Hot Pond. Some anglers did great with a piece of hot dog. 

  • 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.

Huron RiverFair numbers of bass have been caught at various locations by fly anglers or by those using bait and tackle. 

Lake St. ClairWalleye were caught when trolling along the shipping channel between the South Channel and the light with crawler harnesses and crankbaits. Musky were caught when casting in Goose Bay and in front of the Spillway. The smallmouth bite remained tough as water temperatures are warm and the fish are schooled up. Those topwater fishing caught a few near Huron Point and outside Goose Bay in the morning.  The mayfly hatch is winding down, so the bite should improve. A few yellow perch were caught near the mouth of the channels. Bluegills were found along the weeds. 

  • 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 RiverWalleye were caught at night.    

Saginaw BayWalleye were caught off Pinconning in 30 feet and off Linwood in 18 to 24 feet with crawlers and crankbaits. Fish also were found near the old Dumping Grounds in 22 feet and off Finn Road in 20 feet when using crawlers. Windy conditions slowed the walleye action, with only a few found in 16 feet along the Slot. Due to the high number of freshwater drum and catfish being caught, anglers now are switching to Hot-n-Tots, spoons, flicker shad or artificial baits instead of a crawler harness. Walleye were caught off Caseville when trolling a harness or body bait out near the Charity Islands. 

  • 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 RiverShore anglers at Smith Park caught smallmouth bass on spinners.    

Port AustinWalleye are showing up in front of the harbor and around the lighthouse in 15 to 25 feet, including some limit catches. A crawler harness is working best. Pier anglers had no luck. 

Grindstone CityA couple walleye were caught straight out of the harbor and northwest in 20 to 30 feet when trolling both crawlers and crankbaits. 

Harbor BeachWalleye fishing started to pick up again south of the harbor and north toward Port Hope in 25 to 35 feet when trolling body baits. 

Port Sanilac and LexingtonAnglers are fishing for perch out of both harbors. Fish were found at various weed beds in 18 to 22 feet. 

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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