Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – August 31st, 2012
Lake St. Clair
Walleye fishing has been good on Lake St. Clair. Anglers fishing at the dumping ground, the south channel, and the St. Clair light report a good bite. There are lots of floating weeds. Good numbers of fish also have been caught in Canadian waters at the Belle River. Be sure to have a Canadian license and remember there is a two-rod limit in Canada. Perch also are hitting at the hump, and at the mouth of the Thames River. There are lots of geese around the lake.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Bass fishing has slowed a bit, but anglers are still catching fish on Lake Orion. Topwaters and tubes have produced good results early in the mornings and in the evenings. Bluegill and sunfish fishing has been fair on Graham Lakes. A few brown trout are still being caught in Paint Creek, but fishing pressure has been light. Early goose season should be good.
Hook Line & Sinker, (248) 814-9216.
Walleye fishing remains pretty good in the Detroit River. Anglers are hand-lining and jigging with success in front of the casino, at the steel mill, and in the Trenton Channel late at night and early in the morning.
Bottom Line Bait & Tackle, (734) 379-9762.
Trenton Lighthouse, (734) 675-7080.
Horse Island Tackle, (734) 692-9839.
Salmon fishing has been good in Lake Michigan in 100 to 130 feet of water, 60 to 80 feet down. J-plugs, meat rigs, and flashers and flies have produced good results, and the night bite has been the best. Perch between 6 and 9 inches have been caught in 15 to 20 feet of water south of the pier and in 65 feet of water, also south of the pier. There are “a ton of geese” in the area.
Pyles Port Hole, (269) 637-6720
Salmon fishing has been good on Lake Michigan in 130 to 170 feet of water. A few fish have started upriver in the St. Joe and Kalamazoo rivers. Smallmouth bass and catfish also are being caught in the Kalamazoo. Perch fishing has been decent on Lake Brownwood, Gull Lake, and School Section Lake. Anglers fishing minnows in 12 to 20 feet of water are finding perch averaging 10 inches. Pike fishermen are doing well on Gun Lake, Long Lake, Cedar Lake, and Lower Crooked Lake. Bluegills are being caught in 15 to 30 feet of water, often suspended, on Hogsett, Gourdneck, and Little Paw Paw lakes. Early goose season should be good. There are lots of geese in the area.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.