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Sorry about not getting a report up last week from the sounds of things most guys did pretty good last weekend once they found the fish.So lets get down to this weeks report.

Walleye: Guys continue to do well out along the Shipping channel AKA the Ditch. Also the Dumping grounds have been good has well. Reports from the few heading to Canadian waters have been that the bite is just as good if not a little better at time with boat limits coming in a matter of only a few hours.
The lake anglers are doing best trolling crawler harness behind inline sinkers 20 to 40 feet back off the boards. There has been a few days were bottom bouncers took fish better. Colors have been all over the map here in the store. Seems everyone has there favorite. The most popular ones have been wonder breads, copper, and perch patterns both in metal blades and ghost blades.Also there has been a hand full of guys that have begun playing around Jigging along the ditch and they are having success as well. A 1/4 to 5/8oz jig with some smaller plastics seems to be working the best.

The guys working both rivers and the channel areas are also doing well. There is fair number of guys who are still jigging in the St. Clair and Detroit river and doing well.The upper River and the Trenton channel area seem to be where guys Jigging on the Detroit River. The guys on the St. Clair river seem to focus on the areas around Marine City and Marysville.

The guys working the lower St. Clair and the Channels are dragging crawler harness on a bottom bouncer. Some of the most popular colors for these areas I am hear are Chartreuse and white, Copper and Gold.

Expect a change to the areas guys are finding walleye if this cooling trend hold in the area.

Perch:The Ditch is still the go to area for many. Focus on the area between the fire cracker and the St. Clair light, Mainly can 27 and 25 area.Most are finding fish up on the flat in 16 fow of water. But don't over look the 23 to 18 fow on the channel wall. If the wind is right this can be a very productive area for everything.

Guys are using Drop-shot rigs which are also know as tight-line rigs or bedazzlers as a few old timers are calling them now:16suspect. Blaze Orange was hot for me over the weekend, but Red and Chartreuse with black flake beads also produced very well for some of my customers.

Smallmouth: Tubes in Purple Spring Goby and Green Myst has been working well. Guys are also really liking the reaction they are getting from the Smallies when they add a little Goby Juice or crawfish scent from Juiced Up. A drop-shot rig has also been productive has well X-Zone Slammer and Erie Darters are still everyones go too baits.

The live bait guys have been doing well with what ever large minnows they can get. Right now it sounds like all anyone is getting on the lake is Golden Shiners. The avg size of what we have been getting has gone up to more around the 4inch size.

Muskie:The Guys who are vertical jigging the Rivers and Channels are doing good. Also do be afraid to try jigging the Shipping channel in the middle of the lake . Bondy Bait's and Super D's are getting the nod from many that are jigging right now. With the cooling trend we are seeing right now and if it holds casting for Muskie should get pretty good possible in the coming weeks. The trollers are running more and more body baits and are starting to move away from the in-lines some. But both are productive right now. In body baits try running baits in the 7 inch range right now. As the waters cool the Muskie should start favoring larger food choice.

Gills and Sunnies:With the cooler night time temps the shallows have started to come back to life. Fish the foam spiders and poppers in the early hours then switch to bobber and worms and let the wind carry the bait to the weed edges. The larger gills and sunnies have started to make there way back in from there cool deep water summer haunts. I expect this to continue for the next few weeks if we stay cool. The avg size has been 6 to 7 inch with some larger 8 and 9's showing up in a few areas that are closer to deeper water.

Catfish:The Spillway has been very good with the recent rains as has the St. Clair river the the main stem of the Clinton River. Crawlers, Shrimp and chicken liver has been the favorite baits for many.

Sturgeon: Has been ok so far this summer in the north channel down stream from Algonac DNR launch. Crawlers seem to be working the best.

Here is the weather report for the next few days for the lake.Hopefully the westerly wind trend will continue for us. So the lake will be small boat friendlier.

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots...becoming south 10 to 15 knots by afternoon. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning...then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms likely late. Waves 2 feet or less.

Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots...becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots late. Showers through midnight. A chance of thunderstorms. Showers likely after midnight. Waves 1 to 3 feet.

Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 1 to 3 feet.

Friday Night
Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots...becoming north 10 to 15 knots after midnight...then becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots late. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

North winds 5 to 10 knots through early afternoon... becoming light and variable. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

Light and variable winds. A chance of showers. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

Light and variable winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

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Discussion Starter · #3 · (Edited)
I just want to give everyone an update on the perch and walleye.

With the cooler temps things are starting to really change out there. We had some very positive reports on Perch over the weekend. We had two guys that caught 80 or so between the two of them and many of the other guys had grins from ear to ear when we asked them how the sizes was.

The walleye are still being caught but guys are really having to work for them out there.

We have some very nice Emeralds in the tanks right now, they are the perfect size at right around 3 to 3.5 inches.
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