Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie: Had a significant decline in walleye numbers over the last week. A few anglers managed to find fish in Brest Bay, off Stony Point, the Fermi Stacks, and near the Dumping Grounds when trolling crawler harnesses, crank baits or body baits. Yellow perch numbers were good for those still-fishing in 20 to 25 feet in Brest Bay, off Stony Point and around Turtle Island. They are using spreaders with minnows. Emerald shiners worked best. Anglers should note that Bolles Harbor is closed until sometime around Labor Day because of road construction at the entrance into the harbor.
Lenawee County: Devils Lake is producing bluegills in 25 to 30 feet. Use crickets or wax worms near the bottom. Some are getting limit catches. Those trolling for pike have done well in the deep weed lines and points. On Lake Hudson, overall catch rates were down except for bass caught on top-water lures in the early morning or evening.
Detroit River: Most of the fishing activity was taking place early to mid-day but not much has changed. The better walleye fishing on the Canadian side continues to be near the casino, whiskey plant, salt mines and the Canadian side of Belle Isle. Fishing was poor around Mud Island and near the Wyandotte Golf Course but a little better on the east side of Grosse Ile and down near Lake Erie. Most anglers reported 0-2 fish. Try 15 to 35 feet when bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses or hand-lining with spoons and stick baits. Boat anglers are targeting walleye, bass, muskie and channel cats but have also caught a few pike, rock bass, white bass and freshwater drum. Catch rates for muskie were slow. Anglers did manage to catch a few large and smallmouth bass. Water temperatures were near 70 degrees.
Lake St. Clair: Bass reports are good with larger fish coming from deeper waters. No reports on walleye or muskie. The mayfly hatch has really dropped off so perch fishing should improve. Try the bulrush beds in Goose Bay and Muscamoot Bay.
St. Clair River: Bass anglers should try all three channels as the fish are looking for cooler water. Target the deeper waters with spinners, plastics or crank baits.
Lexington & Port Sanilac: Those trolling for salmon and lake trout were heading way out to waters 110 to 160 feet deep off Lexington. That is about 25 miles out. Anglers were catching steelhead, lake trout and the occasional chinook or coho on spoons about 50 feet down. Hot colors were green, blue and silver. Perch fishing was slow at both ports.
Harbor Beach: Those trolling for walleye were heading north towards Port Hope and doing well in 20 to 40 feet. Try hot-n-tots and worm burners with crawlers and spoons. The wind and the cooler water temperatures had the fish scattered. A couple steelhead were taken in the top 20 to 80 feet out near the scum line with clean spoons off downriggers and 5, 7, and 10 color lines with offshore boards. Try straight out and north for lake trout in 85 to 140 feet with spoons and dodgers with spin-glo’s or spin doctors with flies off the bottom. Hot colors were blue, green with a red head or anything that glows.
Port Austin: To Grindstone City was the walleye hot spot with lots of fish including limit catches taken in 20 to 40 feet. Both crawler harnesses and spoons were taking fish. South of Grindstone, the area off the mouth of the New River was also very good. Pier anglers caught a couple smallmouth and the odd walleye at night.
Saginaw Bay: As a general rule, for walleye, lake trout, or whatever, the fish are out deep. They’re still getting some walleye over the weed beds along the inner bay in the early morning, but otherwise go deep. Walleye were caught by those trolling crawler harnesses over the weed beds off the Bay City State Park, the Kawkawlin River and over the Callahan Reef in the early morning. As the sun rises, the fish move out to about 25 feet on the east side of the Shipping Channel. This would put them between the Red Spark Plug (Buoys 11&12) and the Green Spark Plug (Buoys 1&2). Fishing in the Slot was slow with only a few fish picked up along the east side. At Caseville, walleye were caught northeast of the Charity Islands, off Oak Point, Oak Beach and off the Hat Reef. Some perch were caught straight out from Quanicassee in 10 feet.
Saginaw River: Shore anglers fishing the lower river were catching a few smallmouth bass, rock bass, channel cats and freshwater drum.
Sanford Lake: Was still producing good numbers of bluegill and crappie for those fishing the deep edge of the weed beds with small pink or white jigs with twister tails or perch rigs with wax worms over the side of the boat. Good areas were off the Sanford Marina or south of the campground along the flats.
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