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

Lake St. Clair fishing report August 2016



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

Summer Sizzle!


Well the summer heat has been upon us and the Muskie season has been in full swing. We have been averaging 7 fish per trip and have caught 5 fish over the 50 inch mark in the past month. The biggest has been a 53 inch monster that weighed 34 pounds! The water temps are up and the Muskies have been on a pretty good feed lately. We have had many days with double digits of Muskie caught. The winds and weeds have made it a challenge some days but all in all it has been a great season.



The Bass fishing has been good on the Canadian side of the lake, however it seems as though they are more scattered this year as the numbers of Bass caught have been less while the size has been awesome! We have had dozens over the 4 pound mark and the biggest so far has been a new record at Mr. Muskie charters of 6 ½ pounds. The bonus of the Bass charters this year has been the abundance of perch caught during these trips.


We will start our Sturgeon charters in just over 2 weeks on September 2nd and will have both our big and small boats up in the St. Clair River.

We anticipate an awesome Sturgeon season as they have been all over the lake and river systems.

We will be running the Bass trips through the start of September and doing Muskie and Sturgeon trips through the end of October.

We still have some availability so if you want to get out for some fun fishing action now is the time to get your trips set up as the season will be coming to an end soon enough.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Kevin Backus



Weekly Fishing Reports from Dam Chimelak of Lakeside Fishing Shop!

Welcome 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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