Chasing trophy toothy critters on legendary Lake St. Clair
Lying between the province Ontario and the state of Michigan, Lake St. Clair connects Lake Huron to its north with Lake Erie to its south. Often called the sixthgreat lake, St. Clair is roughly 40 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide, but has an average depth of only 11 feet. Hosting a healthy population of walleye, pike, perch, and crappie , it’s arguably best known for its smallmouth bass and trophy muskies. “It’s the top muskie fishery in North America,” Fleming says. Since the lake is fed by two rivers—the St. Clair and the Detroit—it changes water every seven days, he says. “Because of that, it’s got all kinds of baitfish that muskies like to eat and weeds for them to hide in.” The main forage for muskie in St. Clair is gizzard shad.