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The Lesser-Known Fishing Hot Spots at Lake St. Clair
Fishing in the Heart is Good for the Soul

It may not be as well known or talked about as some other spots around The Great Lakes but the heart-shaped Lake St. Clair is home to walleye, perch, musky and small mouth bass and hosts many tournaments every year. The Belle River on the southern shore and other hot spots see anglers travel from all around North America, particularly between May and October.

As the water temperature reaches 50 degrees around May, so begins the walleye season. At this time, during and after spawning season, walleye will be hugging the shoreline with rocky structures and dropoffs.

Although they can be caught any time of the day, you may find that you are most successful in the early morning and late afternoon as this is when they normally feed. They will have to move closer to the surface to feed on baitfish, which will be hiding out between the weeds and rocks. Late evening and into the night is the recommended time to head out if you are going for trophy fish, of which many have been caught in Lake St. Clair. So don't give up just because the sun has gone down, as you will probably find that that is when you will have the most success.

There is a lot of debate as to the best kind of technique, lure and color to use to catch walleye on this lake. It's sometimes difficult to settle on a definitive "best method" as walleye are unpredictable fish. What worked well for you last season or even yesterday is not guaranteed to work for you today. Keep experimenting and tweaking your technique until the fish start biting.

When you find a walleye or two, at this point it's all about varying your depth, speed and lure. Although in the spring and summer months a plastic tipped jig should do the job, if you are finding the fish to be inactive, try using live bait. As for color, in clear water you may find that natural and realistic colour work well. If the water is murky you will need bright colours such as orange or yellow to get the fish' attention.

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