Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie: Had some good perch fishing at times near the E-Buoy and straight out from Bolles Harbor in 22 to 24 feet, but the best action remains near Stony Point in 24 to 26 feet. Anglers are using all kinds of perch rigs, and many were cutting minnows in half. The occasional walleye can still be found from the Fermi Power Plant to Brest Bay in 12 to 18 feet. Try crawler harnesses, crank baits and tube baits. Purple, pink and copper were the hot colors.
Huron River: Had good smallmouth bass fishing for shore anglers. Many are using live crayfish, while others are using artificial baits that look like a fat shiner on a jig.
Detroit River: The water has cleared up. Anglers caught some nice yellow perch around Celeron Island, Rat Island and Sugar Island. Most are using minnows. Walleye fishing was quite slow, with only the occasional fish taken.
Portage Chain-of-Lakes: Good numbers of bass and bluegill have been seen in the channels connecting the lakes. Bluegills were caught near the bottom along the weed lines and near the points. For bass, try top water in the evening in the channels and outlets. Strawberry and Little Portage seem to be producing the majority of bluegills right now.
Lake St. Clair: Those trolling crank baits and crawler harnesses in 14 to 18 feet near the shipping channel and the main lake reported a good mix of catches. Most are targeting walleye, but catches of smallmouth bass, pike, muskie, white bass and yellow perch are common. For smallmouth, try 12 to 17 feet. Those starting to target yellow perch had success in 14 to 17 feet when using slip bobbers and shiners.
St. Clair River: Walleye reports were hard to come by. More anglers are looking for sturgeon, and some good reports have come from Marine City and down through the North Channel. Anglers are reminded that fish less than 42 inches or greater than 50 inches must be released immediately.
Lexington and Port Sanilac: Fishing activity was very light, with little success. The lake is really stirred up from all the wind and will need some time to settle down.
Grindstone City: Several lake trout were caught in the early morning. Pink salmon, steelhead and the occasional walleye were also caught on six colors of lead core and trolling spin-glows and UV spoons in 100 to 137 feet off Lighthouse Park.
Saginaw Bay: Fishing pressure has been minimal due to the weather. When boats can get out, they are still catching some walleye along the weed beds, especially along the inner bay. A few boats tried fishing out from the State Park but windy conditions made it difficult.