Lake St. Clair, Detroit River and St. Clair River Fishing Report 

It's been a crazy spring with adverse weather and water conditions, but it seems we are always finding fish when we work hard at it. Here is a mid May fishing report as I see it, fish it and know it as a local on Lake St. Clair, Detroit and St. Clair rivers.



Canadian Rules and Regulations Update for Charters 

We wanted to reach out to all of our customers regarding the rules when fishing in Canada. Everyone needs a Canadian fishing license which can be obtained through our website on our License page. They must be printed out and in hand on the charters.

We are required to call in to the Canadian customs with all our passenger’s info, which used to only be your name and date of birth. However Canada is now requiring proof of citizenship. This can be proven in a variety of ways.

1) Some type of photo ID (Driver’s license, etc.)

2) (New Requirement) One of the following is now required! Enhanced Driver’s license, passport, or Birth Certificate & Driver’s license

For children that are with their parents you only need a copy of their birth certificate. However if you have a child that is not yours but a guest of your child they will need their birth certificate as well as a signed letter of acknowledgement and permission from one of their parents. This letter must be on board with the child.

The Canadian customs also can refuse entry to anyone whom has a past felony on their record, if they decide to run/check the person’s information. This usually isn’t the case and we have only had a few instances where passengers were turned away. We just want to make everyone aware of Canada’s rules and requirements prior to the charters as we fish most of the season in their waters.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of this info or in regards to you trip, feel free to give us a call to discuss things.

We are looking forward to a great charter season and am anxious to get everyone out fishing this year!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Kevin Backus


Mr. Muskie Charters

Walleye Run Is On!

We wanted to give everyone an update on the start of our fishing season. We have put the "River Raider" in the water and have it docked at Sinbad's Marina. We have been out a few times now and the action keeps getting better every day! The season started a bit slower but much sooner than last year. However, the cold water and changing weather had the Walleye skeptical of biting but they and the weather are starting to coordinate nicely. The action and catches have steadily been going up lately and will continue through the rest of the season. 

The big Walleye are heavy in the Detroit River system for their spring spawn. They have been getting caught along the entire river system from down river all the way north to the mouth of Lake St. Clair. The action has been a bit hotter and heavy down river the past few weeks. However, it has also been getting real good up river as well. They have been hitting on the Michigan side as well as the Canadian side of the river, so make sure to have both licenses. They are still tighter to the shore as they are still in their spawn phase and are looking for the optimal place and water temperature, which we have found! 

The weather has been playing a bit of havoc here and there, but seems to have stabilized except for a few slower days the action has been getting better every trip! The peak of this Walleye action is soon to come. Don't miss out on the best Walleye action in the country. Call us to get your trip booked and get in on some of this Walleye gold rush!

We look forward to hearing from you and want to take you out jigging the Detroit River! 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Kevin Backus



Weekly Fishing Reports from Dam Chimelak of Lakeside Fishing Shop!

IMG_0615.jpgWelcome to our posts from our infamous fishing expert, Captain Dan Chimelak, co-owner of Lakeside Fishing Shop in St. Clair Shores. Dan’s comprehensive “on-the-water” multi- specie fishing report is gleaned from fishing experiences all over Lake St. Clair.


Year Round World Class Fishing on Lake St. Clair!

For decades, Lake St. Clair has been renowned for its treasure trove of game fish, but in recent years, it has acquired the mantle one of the lakes in North America for both muskellunge and small mouth bass. 
Lake St. Clair’s geographic proximity within the Great Lakes basin gives it its unique character as a World Class fishing destination.  The swift flowing St. Clair brings clean, cold and nutrient rich water into the lake, where it is channeled in a wide delta consisting of the North, South and Middle Channels, plus the main shipping channel.  These nutrients spawn bait fish which, in turn, spawn bigger fish.  Really big fish.  From Musky to smallies to yellow perch to walleye, from giant channel catfish to pike and largemouth—you will find them all in Lake St. Clair (and you might get surprised with other fish that tug on your line from time to time).
Take a fishing charter if you have limited time and want to maximize your success.  If you have more time, you can rent a small aluminum boat with oars or a small outboard in a number of locations.  Whether you use live bait or artificial lures, you won’t have to wait long until something hits. So if high adventure and big fish is what you seek, look no further than Lake St. Clair.

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