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Cooler temperatures along with rain last week did push salmon into some of the rivers, especially on the west side of the state where the runs are typically one or two weeks ahead of the east side. Boats trolling out in the Great Lakes are still catching fish. September looks to be a good month for trout and salmon fishing.

Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie - Fishing was slow with a few walleye caught when trolling crawlers or spoons. Perch fishing has started to show signs of improvement over the last few days for those using minnows between Bolles Harbor and Toledo Beach. Catfish have been caught at the Monroe Hot Ponds.

Huron River - Anglers are catching bass, bluegills, catfish and carp. A couple trout were caught by the coldwater discharge but no significant numbers yet.

Detroit River - Walleye were caught in 18 to 20 feet of water up near Sugar Island and the Cross Dike. Some were handlining near McClouth Steel and around Calf Island. Perch were hitting in 14 feet of water near the Huron River and 9 feet of water north of Sugar Island.

Lake St. Clair - Walleye anglers are still taking a few fish when handlining or trolling a crawler harness. Smallmouth bass and perch were caught in 12 to 14 feet of water however some of the perch were small. Some big muskie were also caught.

St. Clair River - Walleye anglers are trolling crawler harnesses or handlining.

Lexington - Lake trout are still hitting in 100 to 125 feet of water. Lake trout season is open until the end of September. Perch fishing is spotty.

Harbor Beach - Lake trout fishing is still good straight out and north of the harbor in 80 to 100 feet of water in the morning, then moving out to 105 to 130 feet of water. Fish close to the bottom with green dodgers. For steelhead, fish the top 50 to 60 feet with lures in bright colors like pink, yellow, and orange about 150 feet back of the offshore boards, downriggers or dipseys. If the bite is slow, try speeding up. For salmon, try closer to shore in the morning with plugs or body baits 25 to 40 feet back and adjust for deeper waters. Good colors were black with glow, gold, green or blue. Walleye were scattered but anglers may still want to try straight out or north of the harbor with crawler harnesses and Hot-n-Tots. Try 25 to 30 feet of water in the early morning.

Port Austin - Walleye and smallmouth bass were caught in 40 feet of water between the harbor and the lighthouse.

Saginaw Bay - We seem to be in the fall fishing mode a bit earlier this year. Walleye fishing is shutting down, as it usually does around Labor Day. As for catch rates, walleye were taken 2 to 3 miles east of the Black Hole in 23 feet of water. Other spots were the Callahan Reef and out near the Slot however anglers are fishing a long time to get a couple walleye. Perch fishing is still slow, with better action about a month away. A few fish were caught around the Black Hole and Buoy H. Enough fish 7 to 10 inches long were caught to make the trip worthwhile.

Saginaw River - Trollers using crank baits in the lower river have caught a few walleye. This is a good place to try if it is too windy to get out on the bay. Channel cats were caught near Essexville.
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