Water flow: n/a
Visibility: 54 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 66 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: 5am-11am and 4pm-dark
Best stretch: N/A
Best access point: Various boat launches and shore fishing areas along the Jefferson Ave corridor.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Baitfish Crayfish Hex
Fish species: Pike,carp,bass,panfish, walleye, muskie
Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: April 15 - September 30)
Nearest airport: Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 6 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 0X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 9 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: PowerTaper WF Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Clear Intermediate Warm Water Full Sink Fly Line
Sandwiched between Lake Huron and Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair is one of the top lakes in the country for chasing Muskie and Smallmouth. Many other species are abundant such as Largemouth, Carp, White Bass, Pike, Walleye and a host of Panfish. The season begins at ice-out usually late March or April when Pike hunt the warm shallow waters in search for a meal after spawning. Later on in May, Largemouth seek morsels ...
in warmer shallows before they spawn. In late May, Carp are a favorite target species during their spawning times. Muskie and White Bass kick into gear in June. Mid June starts an incredible Brown Drake and Hexagenia hatch that all fish focus on. This is a great time to catch Walleye on a dry-fly! All species are up for grabs at this time. From late May through July a carefully presented Hex nymph pattern during the day will keep you busy for hours. Large perch patterns will get you hooked into many species especially Pike and Muskie. Whether you are in a boat, hitting the flats off Metro Beach or casting off of one of the many designated fishing areas, you are bound to have a great day. Fish the depths along channels and weedbeds in the warmest months and back to the shallows in September. When the snow flies in November it is time to pack it up and get some flies tied, clean your reels, organize the fly boxes and dream of ice out.
Clousers, minnows, grubs, and crayfish will work well ice fishing. Work weed beds and depth changes. Work small depth changes and use attractor flies. Fish along mud lines or color changes which indicate depth change, weed lines, or structure.
Winds have made it a lot harder moving the weed beds around and making it harder to fish. Keep an eye on the weather and the winds. Drink lots of water to beat the heat!