This coming Saturday, May 28th is the opening day of bass
season on the Great Lakes and all inland waters except for Lake St.
Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River which do not open
until the 3rd Saturday in June. The early catch and release season
has been very good so the opener should be strong as well.
Southeast Lower Peninsula
Lake Erie: ><
The limit for walleye in Michigan waters is now
six (6) fish. Walleye fishing has picked up but overall is
still slow. Those drifting bottom bouncers with fire-tiger crawler
harnesses caught fish in Brest Bay in 18 feet of water or try near
the Banana Dike in 14 to 18 feet of water.Guys that are trolling
are picking them up very high in the water column trolling crawler
harness. White bass and white perch are spawning. Huron
River: Water levels are high and muddy but anglers should be able
to catch both smallmouth and white bass. Try crawlers for catfish.
Detroit River: Walleye anglers are hand-lining or jigging
with minnows. White bass and catfish action has been good.
Lake St. Clair: Bass are still being caught however the season here
does not open until the 3rd Saturday in June. All large and
smallmouth bass must be released immediately. Lexington:
Salmon and trout fishing was slow but fish were caught in shallow
waters 25 to 35 feet deep. Those trolling caught a mix of chinook,
coho, steelhead and lake trout on spoons or body baits. Pier
anglers caught smallmouth bass. Port Sanilac: Boat anglers
trolling in shallow waters caught trout and salmon. The fish are
scattered so catch rates were slow. Pier anglers caught bass.
Harbor Beach: Lake trout fishing is good straight out and
north of the harbor. Try spoons off downriggers, flashers or
dodgers with flies or spin-glo’s in the bottom 40 feet. Good
colors were purple, green, blue and black.