Lake St. Clair, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Lake St. Clair, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Every fish in the lake is eating hex, so fish hex! This is one of the few places in the world, and pretty much the only time of year, when you can catch walleye on a dry fly! The muskies, of course, aren't eating hex however. For the muskies, you'll want 10-11-weights and mid-size (6-10-inch) musky flies. Give us a call if you need help bilding a proper musky/pike leader or getting rigged up with a dedicated 10-weight set-up (which can be for pike/musky, large bass, all saltwater species, and salmon).
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lake St. Clair is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: n/a

Visibility: 20 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 57 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: all 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

Weather looks great, watch for thunderstorms which can be isolated but intense as they've been the past week around Michigan. Look fopr White Bass action to kick up as they spread throughout the lake.

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