A Day at Lake St. Clair – On the Water and on the Shore

A Day at Lake St. Clair – On the Water and on the Shore

Lake St. Clair is a freshwater lake that lies between Michigan and Ontario, Canada. As part of the waterway between Lake Erie and Lake Huron, this water system is roughly 430 square miles.

Despite recent concerns, the water quality has been consistently improving in Lake St. Clair. The proof? Muskellunge (musky), walleye, bass, trout, blue gill, and pike are just a few fish species you will find. As all anglers know, water quality is the key to keeping the sport of fishing alive.

Brian McCarter with a 40-pound musky from Lake St. Clair. Photo courtesy of Michele Eichstead
Brian McCarter with a 40-pound musky from Lake St. Clair. Photo courtesy of Michele Eichstead

Fishing conditions of the lake depend on the time of the year, especially between pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn seasons. Currently (July through October is post-spawn season), bass is the species to go after. By utilizing the drop-shot technique with a swim bait in the grassy flats of hot-spot areas, you are all but guaranteed to get a bite. Not feeling the drop-shot? Crankbait or plastic worms are also worth a go.

That's a good day of bass fishing! Photo courtesy of Michele Eichstead
That’s a good day of bass fishing! Photo courtesy of Michele Eichstead

If mom isn’t interested in joining dad’s fishing trip, she can unhook the trailer and enjoy the many different types of activities in the towns along Lake St. Clair.

On the north end, in Clinton Township, The Mall at Partridge Creek offers shopping and live music every Friday night throughout the summer. If mom is into history, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House illustrates Detroit in it’s prime. The Ford House is on the south end of Lake St. Clair, in Grosse Pointe Shores.

The Henry Ford Estate. Photo courtesy of The Odyssey Online
The Henry Ford Estate. Photo courtesy of The Odyssey Online

There are also plenty of bars and restaurants around the area. Superior Lakes Winery in Harrison Township is open Friday through Sunday, and it offers all the local flavors to tantalize the taste buds. And what mom doesn’t like chocolate and sweets? The Morley Candy Factory in Clinton Township offers small group tours and a wide selection of sweets that will send just about anyone into a sugar coma.

When she’s done with her tour around the area, she can meet the family at the ramp to share stories about their day. Maybe there will be something in the live well that dad can cook up for supper!

What are your favorite spots on Lake St. Clair — either on the water or on the coast? Let us know in the comments!