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

Lake St. Clair, Detroit and St. River fishing report Early June 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

Muskie Season Is Here!

Walleye Season

Well, we are winding things down and switching gears in our season. Man what a great season it was for our Walleye charters. We were able to fish the river extra early this year with the early ice out, which gave us two or more weeks of fishing time. We had many successful days with limit catches. The sizes were across the board and even though there were fewer huge hens there was an abundance of great eaters!

Bass Season

We have been running our Bass fishing charters for just over a month now and had very productive days! We have been averaging 3-5 dozen bass caught on our trips. The majority of the Bass have been between the 2-4 pound mark, however we have caught over 20 Bass that were the 4 plus pound mark! We are still taking advantage of the Michigan early catch and release season, while waiting for the Canadian Bass opener the end of this month. 

Muskie Season

Muskie season opened up this past weekend and the results of the first tournament were great. The top fish was 36pounds and over 53 inches long! We had great action on our opening trips with over 25 fish caught over the weekend. I hope this is a good sign as to how the Muskie season is going to go!


All adults on our trips will need Canadian fishing licenses (printed out and with them) which can be obtained through our website. They will also need some form of picture ID and proof of citizenship for entering Canada. 

Call us to set up your trips right away as our dates on both boats are filling up fast! We look forward to hearing from you and getting you back out on the water.

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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