Weekly Area Fishing Report For Southeast Michigan

September 20, 2023


Lake Erie: Yellow perch fishing was slow; however, some anglers were able to catch a few when fishing out by the dumping grounds and farther south. Anglers reported that the yellow perch that were caught had a very light bite, so it was important to pay attention to the rods. Walleye continued to be very scarce, with only a couple caught near the Michigan-Ohio line. Smallmouth bass were caught on tubes.

Lake St. Clair: Anglers were catching yellow perch in 15 to 16 feet of water close to the dumping grounds near the Grosse Pointe area as well as near the shipping channel while using emerald shiners and worms. Smallmouth bass were caught near the New Baltimore cut and around Metro Beach in 12 to 15 feet of water when using dropshots and ned rigs. Walleye were caught using crawler harnesses and artificial lures near the shipping channel and near the mouth of the south channel in 15 to 20 feet of water.

Saginaw Bay: Windy conditions prevented anglers from getting out onto the bay. Anglers who tried shore fishing at Quanicassee reported catching only a few small yellow perch.

Sebewaing: Anglers caught a few bluegill in the marina when fishing with live bait and a bobber.

Unionville: Walleye anglers who made it out trolled for half a day or longer and caught one to two walleye. Overall, fishing was slow.

Port Sanilac: Most fishing was from the north and south break walls. Salmon and trout were just starting to be caught when casting cleos and a variety of artificial lures. Anglers mostly caught coho, steelhead and walleye. 

Port Austin: Lake trout were caught in 140 to 150 feet of water northeast of the harbors with downriggers about 100 feet down while using magnum spoons, flashers and spin-n-glows. Smallmouth bass were caught while casting artificial lures from the break wall and docks along Bird Creek.

Harbor Beach: A few walleye, coho and smallmouth bass were caught in 20 to 25 feet of water while trolling with body baits. Anglers caught lake trout in 150 feet of water with downriggers and spoons, and dodgers and squid. Cohos came in close to the harbor wall, and anglers caught them casting a variety of artificial lures. An occasional steelhead and walleye were also caught from the break wall. 

Lexington: Anglers reported catching northern pike, an occasional steelhead and a few bluegill from the docks and shore. Atlantic salmon started to come into the harbor.