Friday, August 28, 2020

8/26/20 Southeast Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report


Southeast Lower Peninsula

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

Lake Erie: Perch fishing slowed considerably. The best action was in front of the River Raisin near buoys 1 and 2. Walleye are showing up once more. Fish were caught near Fermi and Buoy E near Bolles Harbor. Plenty of catfish are being taken from the Hot Pond by those casting crawlers and shrimp.   

  • I
    f 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.

Washtenaw CountyFishing was slow throughout the county, as most anglers reported limited to no success with only a few small bass and small panfish caught. Not many reports of good catches on the Portage Lake Chain and the Halfmoon Chain.

Detroit RiverHad very little as far as walleye reports; however, perch anglers were getting some near Sugar Island when fishing near the Cross-Dike with minnows. Smallmouth bass could be found near Grosse Ile and Stoney Island. 

Harbor BeachAnglers caught a mix of walleye and lake trout with the occasional Chinook or steelhead 2 miles out and south in 120 to 130 feet with spoons near the bottom. Those fishing northeast in 100 feet also found a few fish about halfway down. 

Port AustinWalleye anglers were fishing Hat Point Reef, but catch rates were slow. 

Saginaw Bay: Walleye are done for now, but the yellow perch action is slowly picking up. The better fishing was straight out from Linwood, near the old shipping channel and about a mile east of Spoils Island in 17 feet. Getting minnows has been a little bit of a problem, but if you can find them, perch prefer shiners but not golden shiners. Perch anglers off Quanicassee had mixed results. Some were getting five to 10 fish per person, some boats had less, and some had more. Try 6 to 10 feet and move around to find active fish. From Sebewaing to Bay Port, the few boats out looking for perch and walleye had limited results. Walleye fishing slowed throughout the eastern part of the bay.

  • For a more accurate report on Saginaw Bay I suggest taking a look at the weekly Saginaw Bay Fishing Report given to you by

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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