Lake St. Clair
Frigid temperatures and high winds kept many anglers off Lake St. Clair last week. For those braving the elements, perch fishing has been good from Gino’s Surf to Metro Beach Metropark, but anglers are having to move around to find the fish. On the Canadian side of the lake, perch are hitting in Mitchell’s Bay in 5 to 15 feet of water. A few walleyes are coming through the ice there, too.
Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003.
Fishing has been slow in Oakland County, and frigid temperatures have kept fishing pressure to a minimum. A few anglers were heading out last week and catching fair numbers of northern pike on tip-ups baited with shiners and chubs. A decent bite was reported by anglers on Long Lake, Union Lake, and Middle Straits Lake. Hunting pressure has been light, but a few coyotes have been taken in the outskirts of Oakland County.
Buckbass, (248) 360-4000.
Luna Pier Area
A few perch have been caught in Lake Erie at the Lake Erie Metropark, but it’s nothing to write home about. Walleye fishing has been slow in Michigan waters, with a few fish being picked up in Brest Bay. Low temperatures kept fishing pressure light last week.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, (734) 848-8777.
Fishing pressure has been light in Cass County. Bluegills and crappies are hitting on Stone Lake in Cassopolis. The best action has been in 6 to 12 feet of water along the north end of the lake. Crappies were hitting on Eagle Lake, too. There was about 16 inches of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been light, with frigid weather keeping hunters indoors.
Lunkers, (269) 663-3745.
A few crappies have been caught on Randall Lake, and some good-sized perch were hitting on Randall and Coldwater lakes. Bluegill anglers report good action on wax worms fished on Gillead Lake. Anglers on Madison Lake report catching fair numbers of walleyes. Coyote hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light.
Hoskins Bait House, (517) 369-1330.
Smelt fishermen out on Gull Lake have been doing pretty well. Anglers are getting anywhere from 30 to over 300 smelt a night. A few crappies have also been caught on Gull. Bluegills are hitting on School Section, Portage, Brandywine, Big, and Long lakes. The bluegills on Long Lake are running about 8 inches. Tip-up fishermen are also getting pike on Long and Gun lakes. Wigglers, minnows, and tungsten flies are putting perch on the ice on Lake Cora and Gourdneck Lake. One angler caught 10 perch on Gourdneck ranging from 12 to 14 inches in length, and a 15-incher came out of Cora.
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.