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As we approach the end of August, we begin to move into the fall fishing patterns. Cooler temperatures by the weekend could give the salmon a push. The catfish bite has been very good and this is a good time of year to catch those big bluegills.

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie - Walleye anglers were only bringing in a couple fish per boat and those were caught while drifting a crawler harness. Yellow perch fishing was best in 25 feet of water off of Stoney Point when using live minnows. Large and smallmouth bass fishing was fair to good in the channels and marinas around Bolles Harbor, Sterling State Park and off the mouth of the River Raisin. Those fishing off Metro Park or Point Mouillee have caught bass, bluegill and catfish.

Huron River - No word on the steelhead run. Anglers are still targeting bass, bluegills and catfish. Try up near the dam or the backwaters.

Detroit River - Yellow perch have been caught around Celeron Island and Powder House Island which is off Grosse Isle. Run perch rigs with shiners in about 13 feet of water along the edge of the weedbeds. Some limits of walleye were caught in the Trenton Channel when trolling small rapalas, spoons or crawler harnesses. Good colors were pink, purple or black and gold.

Lake St. Clair - Is producing a few walleye and some nice perch in the cooler waters in and around the shipping channel. Some nice smallmouth bass were also caught. Shore anglers are still catching large channel catfish in the mouth of the spillway and freshwater drum were hitting on crawler harnesses throughout the lake.

Lexington - Anglers are still doing well on lake trout. Look for salmon and steelhead in 90 to 100 feet of water. Chinook are about halfway down while the steelhead can be found near the surface. Perch can be found in about 35 feet of water.

Port Sanilac - Perch continue to hit in 30 to 40 feet of water.

Harbor Beach - Lake trout fishing continues to be good.

Saginaw Bay - Walleye catches are holding up on the Callahan Reef in 4 to 10 feet of water. Troll crawler harnesses without weights in this shallow water to avoid fouling in the weeds. Fishing was slower in the Slot but a few walleye were found in 15 feet of water. Walleye were caught about one and a half miles northeast of Spoils Island while perch were caught east of the island and west of the Spark Plug.

Saginaw River - Some walleye are still being caught in the lower river.
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