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Lake St Clair Fishing

Lake St Clair Fishing

It is believed that Lake St. Clair was created by glacial ice eroding the land and melting. Indians used this glacial lake as part of their navigation of the Great Lakes and called it Waawiyaataan(ong), meaning "at the whirlpool." Lake St. Clair is connected to two of the Great Lakes, Lake Huron and Lake Erie, via the St. Clair River and the Detroit River. It is 275,000 acres large with an average depth of 11 feet. For over 100 years, Canada and the US have maintained a deep shipping channel through the lake. The navigation channel has a depth of 27 feet.

Lake St Clair fishing is good for Brown Trout, Lake Sturgeon, Muskie, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch. Around 750,000 Yellow Perch are caught here every year. Lake St Clair fishing is possible during any season. Ice fishing is a possibility during winter because the surface tends to freeze over.

Yellow Perch and Sturgeon are the top catches during winter. You also have a good chance of catching Brown Trout in December and Rainbow Trout in February. The lake is stocked with Salmon in the summer. Other species you could target in the summer include Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass and Yellow Perch. A few Michigan state records come from Lake St. Clair, including an American Eel at 7.44 pounds and 43 inches and a Mooneye at 1.69 pounds and 14.38 inches.



Lake St Clair Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Lake St Clair, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Pumpkinseed Sunfish

  2. Pumpkinseed Sunfish

    There is a 20% catch rate for Pumpkinseed Sunfish, based on 5 Pumpkinseed Sunfish counted.

    Lake St Clair Pumpkinseed Sunfish Counts Chart
    Pumpkinseed

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  3. Common Carp

  4. Common Carp

    There is a 12% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 3 Common Carp counted.

    Lake St Clair Common Carp Counts Chart
    Common

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  5. Longnose Gar

  6. Longnose Gar

    There is a 8% catch rate for Longnose Gar, based on 2 Longnose Gar counted.

    Lake St Clair Longnose Gar Counts Chart
    Longnose

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  7. Smallmouth Bass

  8. Smallmouth Bass

    There is a 8% catch rate for Smallmouth Bass, based on 2 Smallmouth Bass counted.

    Lake St Clair Smallmouth Bass Counts Chart
    Smallmouth

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  9. Walleye

  10. Walleye

    There is a 8% catch rate for Walleye, based on 2 Walleye counted.

    Lake St Clair Walleye Counts Chart
    Walleye

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  11. Yellow Perch

  12. Yellow Perch

    There is a 8% catch rate for Yellow Perch, based on 2 Yellow Perch counted.

    Lake St Clair Yellow Perch Counts Chart
    Yellow

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  13. Black Crappie

  14. Black Crappie

    There is a 4% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 1 Black Crappie counted.

    Lake St Clair Black Crappie Counts Chart
    Black

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  15. Channel Catfish

  16. Channel Catfish

    There is a 4% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 1 Channel Catfish counted.

    Lake St Clair Channel Catfish Counts Chart
    Channel

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  17. Gizzard Shad

  18. Gizzard Shad

    There is a 4% catch rate for Gizzard Shad, based on 1 Gizzard Shad counted.

    Lake St Clair Gizzard Shad Counts Chart
    Gizzard

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  19. Largemouth Bass

  20. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 4% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 1 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Lake St Clair Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

    ENLARGE LAKE ST CLAIR LARGEMOUTH BASS COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 15 species of fish and 25 fish counted for April around Lake St Clair.

To date, there are 35 species of fish and a total of 14536 fish counted for Lake St Clair and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 11/29/1901 (123 years).

Last Update: 4/11/2024 2:44:45 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Lake St Clair are the following:

  1. Mile Road


  2. Smallmouth


  3. Placemark 42


  4. Pike and Muskies
    Look for the shallow grassy lumps and work them for Pike and Musky all the way to Huron Point and the mouth of the Clinton River.


  5. LSC-034


  6. Sand Island


  7. Smallmouth


  8. The Spillway
    The Spillway


  9. LSC-016


  10. Small Hump


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Latest Lake St Clair Fishing Reports

  • Stable Weather Pattern – Almost Smallmouth Heaven
    Lake St. Clair smallies settle down for the summer and settle into stable bite patterns during weather like we have this week


  • Fall 2017 Message from Capt. Kevin
    Well now that the boats are tucked away in their warm nesting places for the winter we can start to make our task lists for the off season as well as take some time to reflec


  • Walleye Running & Bass Biting
    Walleye Are Running! We have been in the river fishing the Walleye since the start of April and let’s just say that the start of the month had some pretty nasty weather to st


  • 2018 Season Wrap-Up
    The 2018 season comes to a close… The 2018 fishing came to a close for us this November and things started to come to a manageable pace for us at Mr. Muskie Charters. The boa


  • Spring Season 2019
    The best booking dates & deals of 2019! The ice may be thick on Lake St. Clair but the season is just 57 days away. Now is the best time to line up your reservations with our


  • Ice is melting. Walleye are calling.
    Live and Ready for 2019! We at Mr. Muskie Charters have been busy since the start of the year preparing for the season opener which is less than a few weeks out now. Mr. Musk


  • Walleye Are Here!
    We are into the 2019 season with another great start to the spring Walleye run in the Detroit River! Over 10 million walleye are staged in the Western basin of Lake Erie maki


  • Swinging Into Summer
    Walleye season winds down…Gear up for Muskie and Bass! Well our Walleye season is winding down and we will be transitioning into our Muskie and Bass season this week. This ti


  • Catch Count and Temps Moving in the Right Direction! UP!
    What weather challenges?! We have finally had some nice summer weather and that has warmed the waters a bit. The higher water levels with the colder spring and all the consta


  • It’s Peak of the Season
    Getting you up to speed with the Mr. Muskie Crew… We are at the peak of the Muskie fishing and wanted to give everyone an update on the season. The Muskie fishing started off


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Top Lake St Clair Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Lakeside Fishing Shop
    Lakeside Fishing Shop is located in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. We are your our one stop fishing shop! We sell fishing tackle and fishing equipment for Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, Lake Huron as well as the rest of the Great Lakes and Midwest. Yo

  2. Canadian Wiggler
    Our lures are ideal for casting, trolling, hand lining and excellent for all game fish including walleye, pike, salmon & trout, bass and muskie to name a few. These perform fantastically in all waters including freshwater, saltwater, lakes, strea

  3. Windsor Wholesale Bait
    Guaranteed LIVE delivery of Canadian Nightcrawlers. Available all year.

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Top Lake St Clair Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Mr. Muskie Charters
    Captain Kevin Backus, Grandson the Legendary Homer LeBlanc, is your guide. Mr. Muskie Charters offers Muskie, Small Mouth Bass, Bass/Muskie Combo, Walleye and Perch charters for a maximum of six people as well as Sunset Cruises on Lake St. Clair. I

  2. Fish Headz Sport Fishing Charters
    Fish Headz is a Professional Outfitter providing TOP-NOTCH fishing experiences on Lake St. Clair catching some of the countries most sought after targets Walleye, Perch, Bass, Muskie and Sturgeon.

  3. Fins & Grins Muskie Charters
    Fins & Grins Muskie Charters specializes in fishing trips on Lake Saint Clair.

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Top Lake St Clair Marinas

  1. Anglers Point Marina


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