The biggest obstacle for me when I first started perch fishing on Lake Saint Clair in Metro Detroit was figuring out where the access points were... hopefully this list can help a new person get started.
Where to fish on Lake Saint Clair
South of the Lake going North
Blossom Heath Park in Saint Clair Shores--- (Saint Clair Shores park pass required) Turn east off of Jefferson south of ten mile on Blossom Heath Blvd.... follow Blossom heath to the lake.
Saint Clair Shores Library at 11 mile ---(Saint Clair Shores park pass required) parking lot in the back of the library- You can access the ice at the boat launch-follow the canal to the marina or out to the lake.
Crocker DNR Launch --- (DNR pass required) 94 to metro parkway east on metro parkway--east on crocker-- south on Jefferson--- east side of the road across from Edie's drive thru. You can access the lake by walking straight out from the launch or you can walk out and go south on the lake to the Spillway Dam.(The current is strong in this area use extreme caution)
Gino's --- (private owned 5 dollars to park) 94 to metro parkway east on metro parkway--take metro parkway all the way to metro park go south on jefferson a half a mile-- location is on the east side of the road.
Metro park --- (metro park pass required or 4 dollar entry) 94 to metro parkway east on metro parkway until you enter the park. When you enter the park, you can go to the left and fish the metro basin or follow the signs to the daysail area. You can access the lake from the daysail launch.(Obey speed limits in the park and stop at all stop signs-they have rent a cops that give tickets)
DNR launch on South river road --- (DNR pass required) 94 to metro parkway east on metro parkway- north on Jefferson-east on south river road- follow south river road until it ends at the DNR launch. Fish to the south of the launch.(The Clinton River enters the lake here use caution)
Selfridge DNR launch --- (DNR pass required) 94 to 59 east on 59- follow 59 until you pass the air force base- the launch is on the south of the road. Once you access the ice walk out of the marina area and head south towards the barracks(big white building) or head north to fish.
Cotton road --- (limited private parking at Buscemis for 5 dollars) 94 to 21 mile- east on 21 mile- take 21 mile to Jefferson- north on Jefferson to the Buscemis north on Cotton Road. Once you park, walk down Cotton road to the east and there is a walkway to the lake.
Brandenburg park --- (township park never manned but if it is 4 dollars to park) 94 to 21 mile- east on 21 mile-take 21 mile to Jefferson- north on Jefferson until you reach the park on the east side of the road. If you go to 23 mile, you went too far. Wait until the ice is thick enough to go a mile straight out from the access. The jumbo perch usually are in the weeds.
Fairhaven DNR Launch --- (DNR pass required) 94 to 23 mile- east on 23 mile until you hit the town of Fairhaven- the launch is east of Palms road on the south side of the road next to a bait shop. Head out of the launch to your left and go 3/4 of a mile out to the horseshoe to catch jumbo perch.
The Raft bar --- (private owned 3 dollars to park) 94 to 23 mile- east on 23 mile until you hit the town of Fairhaven- go thru Fairhaven until you hit Dyke road- go south on Dyke road- the Raft is to the west of Dyke road. This spot usually is the best ice at first ice.
My plan each year
December- I fish the raft or the Crocker DNR launch.
January - The first week of January fish the Crocker DNR launch by the Spillway dam and then move to Selfridge for the last couple of weeks.
February - Fish either Gino's or Metro park day sail.
March- I fish the horeshoe at the Fairhaven DNR launch if the ice is safe.
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