It’s here! Michigan’s annual summer Free Fishing Weekend will be observed this Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Both residents and non-residents can fish without a license however all regulations still apply. This is a great opportunity for novice anglers to introduce someone new whether young or old to the sport of fishing and the opportunities that Michigan has to offer.
SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Lake Erie: Fishing was slow as the water was muddy. Before all the wind, limits of walleye were caught from Ohio waters and a few limits here in Michigan waters. Most boats were heading straight out from Sterling State Park and Stony Point and fishing in 25 feet of water. Perch were caught out of the River Raisin Channel in 18 feet of water. If the water is muddy, try body baits with rattles. Good colors were pink, purple or antifreeze.
Huron River: Is still producing a few leftover white bass but most anglers are catching large and smallmouth bass on golden shiners.
Detroit River: Yellow perch have been caught off Gibraltar by those using perch rigs with shiner minnows. Those fishing the Horse Island Flats reported a few limit catches of walleye. Largemouth bass were caught in the shallows and canals by those casting spinner baits. A few pike have also been caught.
Lake St. Clair: Continues to have very good smallmouth bass fishing. Some musky have also been caught. No word on perch but catch rates should start picking up with the fish moving into the deeper waters along the shipping channel.
St. Clair River: Walleye are being caught near Marina City and around Algonac.
Lexington: Had good catches of salmon and trout when trolling in waters 40 to 80 feet deep although a few fish were also caught way out in 140 feet. Pier anglers caught fish both inside the harbor and outside.
Port Sanilac: Those trolling caught chinook, coho, lake trout, steelhead and pink salmon. Pier anglers fishing off the end caught the occasional brown…