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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.

Top Lake St Clair Fishing Spots

  1. Mile Road
    4/10/2020 1:52:21 PM -

  2. Smallmouth
    4/10/2020 1:52:20 PM -

  3. Placemark 42
    4/15/2016 4:37:58 PM -

  4. Pike and Muskies
    4/10/2020 1:52:21 PM - 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
    4/10/2020 1:52:21 PM -

  6. Sand Island
    4/10/2020 1:52:21 PM -

  7. Smallmouth
    8/21/2018 2:13:56 PM -

  8. LSC-016
    8/19/2018 11:08:06 PM -

  9. The Spillway
    4/15/2016 4:37:57 PM - The Spillway

  10. Ecorse
    9/29/2014 7:48:01 AM - West Jefferson

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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. Walleye

  2. Walleye

    There is a 44.44% catch rate for Walleye, based on 4 Walleye counted.

    Lake St Clair Walleye Counts Chart


  3. Muskie

  4. Muskie

    There is a 33.33% catch rate for Muskie, based on 3 Muskie counted.

    Lake St Clair Muskie Counts Chart


  5. Gizzard Shad

  6. Gizzard Shad

    There is a 11.11% catch rate for Gizzard Shad, based on 1 Gizzard Shad counted.

    Lake St Clair Gizzard Shad Counts Chart


  7. Sturgeon

  8. Sturgeon

    There is a 11.11% catch rate for Sturgeon, based on 1 Sturgeon counted.

    Lake St Clair Sturgeon Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 4 species of fish and 9 fish counted for February around Lake St Clair.

To date, there are 35 species of fish and a total of 14167 fish counted for Lake St Clair and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 11/29/1901 (122 years).

Last Update: 2/1/2023 1:16:35 AM

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.

View full Lake St Clair Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Lake St Clair Fishing Reports

  • Stable Weather Pattern – Almost Smallmouth Heaven
    8/3/2021 2:15:24 AM - 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
    2/12/2021 11:11:05 PM - 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
    2/12/2021 11:11:05 PM - 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
    2/12/2021 11:11:05 PM - 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
    2/12/2021 11:11:04 PM - 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.
    2/12/2021 11:11:04 PM - 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!
    2/12/2021 11:11:04 PM - 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
    2/12/2021 11:11:03 PM - 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!
    2/12/2021 11:11:03 PM - 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
    2/12/2021 11:11:03 PM - 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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Latest Fishing Spots

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.
Mile Road

Sand Island

V Breaker

Small Hump

Johnnies Highway


Strawberry Island


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