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
Sinking lines and small flies to imitate nymphs and small crayfish. Go early or stay late to avoid heavy boat traffic.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lake St. Clair is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: n/a

Visibility: 20 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 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)

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 flies are best, followed by hex nymphs during June. Crayfish patterns have their uses, but most fish on St. Clair gorge on smaller fish all year long.Topwater flies will take white bass in the very early morning and occasionally muskie in the fall, but subsurface tends to be most effective. Fish along color changes which indicate depth change, weed lines, or structure.

7-Day Forecast

Sunny and hot the rest of the week, with scattered thunderstorms over the coming weekend. Bass will stay deep; white bass will begin to drop back and take up spots back in the Detroit River; and with the full moon, musky bite should improve.

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