Lake St. Clair, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Lake St. Clair, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lake St. Clair is currently Just OK

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Water flow: n/a

Visibility: 20 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: heat of day

Best stretch: N/A

Best access point: Launches and shore fishing areas along the Jefferson Ave corridor and Harsen's

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Baitfish Baitfish Hex and Drakes More baitfish Crayfish

Fish species: Pike,carp,bass,panfish, walleye, muskie

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: April 15 - September 30)

Nearest airport: Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)

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Lake St. Clair Description

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 ...

Techniques & Tips

Baitfish, crayfish and large nymph patterns work year round in open water and ice; work weed beds, structure and depth changes. Work depth changes and use attractor flies. Topwater flies will take both smallmouth and white bass in the very early morning. Fish along color changes which indicate depth change, weed lines, or structure.

7-Day Forecast

it's been warm, as you may have noticed... a cool weekend may turn on the bite closer to shore but on the hot days the fish will be deep and sluggish. Dawn and dusk are your friends: low light and low temps.

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