GENESEE COUNTY — While the weather did warm up, water temperatures were still on the cold side so catch rates were slow. Those participating in the catch-and-immediate release bass season were doing well in the Great Lakes, inland lakes and rivers.
SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Lake Erie: Catch rates for walleye
increased with the warmer weather
and several anglers reported limit
catches. Most were trolling stickbaits
or jigging blade baits and bucktail
jigs with minnows. The waters near
Brest Bay, La Plaisance Bay, and
Turtle Island have all been contributing walleye as well as the occasional yellow perch and white bass.
Areas of water near the rivers, creek
mouths, and shore continue to be
turbid but are slowly clearing.
Detroit River: Walleye fishing has
improved and should be good by
the weekend. The better spots were
the Trenton Channel below Elizabeth
Park and the upper river above
Belle Isle. Mid-river fishing around
Wyandotte and the River Rouge
should heat up by the weekend.
Oakland County: Anglers targeting bass
on Cass Lake and Union Lake were
doing well using lipless crankbaits
along the drop-offs in five to 15 feet.
Large numbers of bass could be
seen in the shallow flats and the
canals. Some bluegills were caught
in the canals and shallow coves
when using small jigs tipped with
wax worms or a piece of crawler.
Lake St. Clair: On the south end,
waters adjacent to the 9 and 11
Mile launches were excellent for
bass fishing in seven to 10 feet with
purple crank baits and dark tube
baits. Panfish and perch anglers
did best between the Clinton River
Cutoff launch site and the Metro
Beach launch in seven to 10 feet
with slip bobbers and live bait. Try
minnows, crawlers and wax worms
however minnows seemed to work
best. On the north end, bass fishing
was spotty between Harley Ensign
and Selfridge so many were heading south to the Metro Beach area.
Anglers did catch bluegill, crappie
and rock bass when using minnows
and wax worms in the marinas.
Shore and pier anglers at Selfridge
caught good numbers of pumpkinseed sunfish on crawlers.
St. Clair River: Water temperatures
near Algonac were 38 to 40 degrees
and the water was stained. A few
walleye were caught in the Algonac
area and upriver near Port Huron.
Some salmon and trout were caught
in Port Huron near the Black River.
Lexington: Had fair lake trout fishing
with the occasional fish weighing in
at 16 pounds or more. Most were
fishing in 30 feet. Surface water temperatures were still 38 degrees or
so but the harbors were starting to
warm up and minnows were starting
to move in.
Harbor Beach: A couple of boats were
out and caught some lake trout.
Shore anglers fishing at night near
the mouth of the DTE discharge
channel caught a couple steelhead.
Saginaw Bay: The best walleye action
was in 23 to 24 feet off Linwood
and near the Spark Plug (Buoys 11
& 12) or northeast of Spoils Island
in 20 feet.