Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie: The Metro Park Marina was spotty for perch. Those fishing Brest Bay for walleye had slow to fair catch rates. Anglers need to use caution out past Stony Point. The wind blew the ice out a couple weeks ago and it has just started to refreeze. Do not go east beyond the Point. Walleye anglers are still targeting Ohio waters.
Detroit River: Had slower perch fishing in Airport Bay however a couple anglers did manage to catch a few nice ones.
Lake St. Clair: Bitter cold and drifting snow has cut fishing activity. Snowmobiles had no trouble getting around, but quads have gotten stuck on occasion. Those walking and pulling shanties have found travel easiest by sticking to trails broken by snowmobiles. Fishing was slow overall but an occasional good catch of perch has been reported. The area near Metro Beach, Geno’s, and Crocker Road seems to be better than the northern areas of the lake. Anglers are reminded that Feb. 28 is the last day of perch spearing. Northern pike spearing is open through March 15.
St. Clair River: Those fishing along the wall in Port Huron are still catching the occasional coho, steelhead or brown trout although flow ice is a problem some days. Large shiners have worked best.
Saginaw Bay: Walleye and perch were caught off White’s Beach. The walleye anglers were going about 5 miles out while the perch anglers were heading north towards Palmer Road. Some perch were caught in 6 to 8 feet off Newman Road and Townline Road. They had to do a lot of sorting but a few keepers were mixed in. Anglers were heading out about 5 miles off Erickson Road and fishing in 18 to 20 feet. The hot ticket was a Wonderbread spoon tipped with a minnow head. At Linwood, they were heading out 3 to 4 miles and fishing in 18 feet however watch out for the first pressure crack which is very active and about 4 feet wide. Walleye were caught in the evening about 4 miles off the Bay City State Park, in 14 feet northeast of Spoils Island, and 6 to 7 miles north of Finn Road. Vanderbilt Park is still the best spot for perch with some fish measuring up to 14 inches. A few even reported limit or near limit catches. For the best success, fish early to mid-week and get out there very early in the morning. Those fishing out of Sunset Bay and off Thomas Road are going all the way out to Buoys 1 & 2 which is 12 miles out and there are all kinds of pressure cracks out there. Fishing pressure from Sebewaing to Caseville was slow. A few walleye anglers were fishing the Slot from Fish Point up to the islands. For those wanting to fish close to shore, some lake trout were caught near the pier at Caseville.
Saginaw River: Has been slow from one end to the other. A few nice perch were caught near the Cement Plant in Essexville in the evening. Walleye anglers were fishing off Wickes Park but catch rates were slow.
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