Sunday, September 18, 2022

09/14/22 Southeast Lower Peninsula Michigan DNR Fishing Report


Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie: Yellow perch fishing was adequate in the western basin. Many anglers catching yellow perch had success with minnows near the River Raisin buoys just a few miles south of Sterling State Park in 22 feet of water or less. Yellow perch were also caught near E buoy which is 2 to 3 miles south of Bolles Harbor while using minnows on perch spreaders. There were many small undersized perch caught, so large keepers were hard to come by. Walleye were caught outside of Breast Bay in 23 to 25 feet of water a few miles east of Sterling State Park, but harvest limits for walleye were scarce. Anglers were trolling while using crawler harnesses or artificial lures that reached the bottom of the lake.

  • 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

  • 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.

Detroit River: The best fishing was near the mouth of Lake Erie and around Grosse Isle. A few anglers caught some walleye around Sugar Island. Jigging with crawlers seemed to work best. Small numbers of perch were coming in from anglers still fishing and drifting with minnows near Gross Isle and very close to the mouth of Lake Erie. As temperatures fall a little expect perch action to pick up. The smallmouth bass action was picking up. Anglers did very well with catching smallmouth bass off Stoney Island.

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Saginaw Bay: Yellow perch were caught at buoys 1 and 2 in 26 feet of water. Yellow perch were also caught one to two miles northeast of Spoils Island in 14 feet of water and at the mouth of the Saginaw River. Walleye were caught while trolling crankbaits in 14 to 16 feet of water just north of Callahan Reef. On the east side of Saginaw Bay, multiple days of windy weather kept angler activity low this past week. Those fishing for walleye reported slow to fair catches. Some walleye were caught out from Sebewaing and towards Sunset in 10 to 13 feet, and also out in the slot around 15 feet of water. A few walleye were also caught between Caseville and Oak Point. Crawler harnesses did best, while body baits caught a few walleye as well. Those fishing for yellow perch around the Sebewaing area reported slow fishing.

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

Quanicassee: Anglers caught a few walleye while trolling night crawler harnesses in the slot in 15 feet of water. Fishing was fairly slow as anglers fished half a day to keep four fish. Shore anglers fishing worms caught a few pumpkinseeds and bluegills and an occasional largemouth bass.

Grindstone: Boat anglers caught some salmon and trout while trolling in 100 to 110 feet of water fishing close to the bottom north of the harbor using downriggers and spoons.

Harbor Beach: A few rock bass and smallmouth bass were caught from the break wall while casting body baits and jigging with nightcrawlers. Anglers trolling for salmon and trout were catching a mix of lake trout, coho, a few Atlantic salmon and walleye in 80 to 110 feet of water while using downriggers and lead core. Walleye were scattered in all different depths.

Port Sanilac: Trolling for salmon and trout slowed down a little but anglers caught a mix of a few steelhead, coho, Atlantic salmon and an occasional Chinook salmon and walleye were also caught using planer boards, downriggers, lead core in 90 to 115 feet of water.

Lexington: A few boat anglers were trolling for salmon and trout north towards Port Sanilac.

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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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