Lake Erie: Walleye fishing picked up as anglers reported limit catches by those out trolling crawler harnesses in 20 to 22 feet around Bolles Harbor, the River Raisin Buoys and near the Edison Plant. It is still a bit early for perch but anglers will find lots of white bass and freshwater drum. With water temperatures about 60 degrees and warming, the walleye will be moving to deeper water in the coming weeks.
Lenawee County: On Devils Lake, the bluegills are starting to bed along the shoreline. Crickets and crawlers have worked best. Bass anglers have done well when casting soft plastics and spinners along the weed beds in the shallows. On Lake Hudson, those targeting bluegills have done well along the shoreline and the canals. Bass anglers have done well throughout the lake. No musky to report.
Detroit River: Better walleye catches were from the northern half of the Canadian side in the early morning or at sunset. Those fishing the southern half on the Michigan side had difficulty getting their bait to the bottom because of all the white bass. Water clarity was good on the Michigan side and more anglers are bottom bouncing with crawler harnesses. A few limit catches were reported on the Canadian side near the casino, the salt mines and the Ambassador Bridge. Fish were also caught on the Michigan side near Grosse Ile, Great Lakes Steel, Mud Island and Fighting Island. Average size was two to three pounds but some were in the six pound range. White bass fishing has been very good throughout the entire river. Anglers have also caught smallmouth bass, musky, suckers and freshwater drum.
Water temperatures were 58 degrees.
Lake St. Clair: Bass fishing has been good. The fish seem to be moving into deeper waters where some good reports were coming from eight to 10 feet off the Mile Roads. White bass were hitting off 9 Mile Road.
St. Clair River: Water temperatures were 48 to 50 degrees. Night fishing for walleye has been better than daytime fishing although a few fish were still caught by those using jigs and crawler harnesses.
Lexington: Trout and salmon fishing was good at all depths. Boat anglers trolling 60 to 80 feet did well for lake trout, steelhead and the occasional Chinook. They are fishing the bottom for lake trout and 20 to 30 feet down for steelhead and salmon. Orange spoons worked best. Smallmouth bass fishing was slow but should pick up as the waters warm.
Port Sanilac: Boat anglers are getting trout and salmon. Fish the bottom for lake trout or 20 to 30 feet down for steelhead and salmon. Orange spoons worked best. Inside the harbor, smallmouth fishing was still slow. A couple coho were caught by those casting spoons.
Harbor Beach: Walleye are being caught off the breakwall at night. Salmon and steelhead are hitting straight out and north of the harbor. Try spoons 30 to 60 feet down in 50 to 95 feet. Hot colors were black and orange, yellow and white, green or blue. Try spoons on 3, 5, and 10 color lines with offshore boards. Some caught limits of lake trout 65 to 110 feet down in 70 to 110 feet of water. Use dodgers with spin-glows or clean spoons.
Saginaw Bay: Walleye were caught in 12 feet off the Pinconning Bar and Gambil’s Marina, 17 to 20 feet off Linwood and 21 to 24 feet near the Spark Plug. At Finn Road, walleye were caught shallow in four to six feet in the early morning but they move out deeper as the sun comes up. Crawler harnesses are working best at all locations. The hot spinner colors were chartreuse, purple, brass and pink. A few walleye along with a lot of white bass and freshwater drum were caught at the Hot Pond by those casting crank baits. At Quanicassee, some boats were skunked while others had limit catches along the Slot between Sunset Bay and the tip of Fish Point. At Bay Port, a decent number of walleye were caught in Wildfowl Bay. A few bass were caught in the marina basins and around the islands. Bass anglers were out but it appears that the late spring and cold water has delayed the spawn because the fish have not moved closer to shore in large numbers yet.
Tittabawassee River: Lots of white bass have been taken from the lower river near the Center Street launch in Saginaw Township. Some large pike and a few walleye were also caught. Fishing was slow up near Gordonville Road.
Sanford Lake: In Midland County had a good bass opener. A good number of pike were also caught. Crappie anglers did well in the cuts and canals.