Lake St. Clair General News


Bass, Brews, & BBQ Festival / FLW Tour at Lake St. Clair Metropark this Weekend

The national professional fishermen of the 2018 FLW Tour at Lake St. Clair presented by Mercury starts Thursday with fun-filled public events Friday June 29-Sunday at Lake St. Clair Metropark.  Here is the general schedule: Thursday – Sunday  FLW Tournament:  6:30 ……Read More

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Lake St. Clair “SPRING” Restaurant Handbook – Coming Soon!

Updated seasonal Lake St. Clair restaurant hours & reopening dates of favorite eateries, bars, & food stops around the waterfront coming soon.  Also, the Club Capri has reopened & is as good as always after four months repair/remodel due to a ……Read More

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Former “Sunset Bay” Property to Reopen – Vacation Rental / Waterfront Restaurant / Marina

Great news for Lake St. Clair things to do & places to stay!  After a year on hiatus, the former Sunset Bay property on northern Lake St. Clair has been purchased by the Kip Plagen’s family, lifetime local residents. The ……Read More

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NEW 2018! Lake St. Clair Guide is HERE!

Enjoy reading the new 2018 Lake St. Clair Guide online!  Print copies will be distributed to our sponsors (thank you again!) beginning late January.   Click – DID YOU KNOW?  We now have a LIVE webcam overseeing all the ice activities ……Read More

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Bassmasters Arriving & Rank Lake St. Clair Top 10 in U.S. for Bass

108 Pro-Elite’s start rolling in today for official practice around Lake St. Clair Monday-Wednesday.  The tournament to win the $100,000 first prize begins Thursday August 24 and ends Sunday August 27…. AND MORE BIG NEWS! Lake St. Clair has been voted in the top ……Read More

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Festival Underway in Algonac – Lion’s Club Annual Pickerel Tournament 2017

The 79th annual Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament is underway! And! you can still register to win the Whopper Prize for the biggest Pickerel (Walleye as some call them).  Besides the fishing, the Lion’s Club hosts a huge midway with A ……Read More

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Annual Anchor Bay Tastefest Kicks Off Fishfly Festival in New Baltimore

Tuesday, June 20 – 5:00-8pm – the Anchor Bay Tastefest is the annual lead in to the Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival (June 21-25) on Lake St. Clair’s beautiful waterfront city of downtown New Baltimore. The event brings in hundreds of visitors to sample and ……Read More

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10th Year – Sunday Farmer’s Market – New Baltimore’s Waterfront Kicks off Tomorrow

It’s here ~ the OPENING DAY CELEBRATION of the 10th Annual Season of the New Baltimore Farmers Market Sunday June 4 … Come by boat! to the free public docks or by car to this charming strolling village on the shore of Lake ……Read More

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2017 Lake St. Clair Restaurant Handbook

Updated November 1st – DON’T FORGET… with Fall here, our “seasonal” eateries may have shortened hours, or may not be open with inclement weather.  Click on each page below for their latest news!  

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Early Start to Ice Fishing Season on Lake St. Clair

My rule of thumb for a “normal” winter is that ice fishing usually starts the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  Good news!  It is well underway on Bouvier Bay and many canals around the lake.  Here are a few aerial photos ……Read More

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Antique Boat Racing Engine Show & Swap Meet October 15, 2016

Saturday, October 15, one of, if not the largest collection of antique boat racing engines will be on display at the 11th Annual Byron, MI Swap Meet.  Along with the featured collection of 185 outboard racing motors and Chris Craft experimentals, ……Read More

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Michigan’s Tallest Flag to be Raised this Saturday on Lake St. Clair

  11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016, the New Baltimore Lions Club would like to invite all to come, by car or BOAT! to the formal dedication of Michigan’s Tallest Flag. The program will last 1hr and 15 minutes and will include a ……Read More

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Just in time for the best season to hunt Muskie!

“Catching More Muskie and Great Northern Pike with a Legend’s Rules of Fishing” by Robert Brunner Sr. Freshwater Hall of Fame fisherman, “Muskie Bob” Brunner is a 92 year old living legend around Lake St. Clair, Michigan.  Bob knows more ……Read More

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Tallest Flag in Michigan Becoming a Reality in New Baltimore

Lake St. Clair’s tallest flag in Michigan is now becoming a reality thanks to the hard work of the New Baltimore Lions Club.  The flag will become a new boating landmark replacing a water tower torn down in 2015.  This ……Read More

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Fall Update – Lake St. Clair Restaurant Handbook – Seasonal Restaurant Hours

As the weather starts to change, so do the seasonal restaurant hours around Lake St. Clair.  Although we have many eateries open year-round to enjoy the waterfront, several will be closing in the next few weeks, along with having a limited weekly ……Read More

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Gold Cup 2016 100th Anniversary Photo Recap August 28

The final day of watching the Gold Cup 2016 100th Anniversary was a very hot and mostly sunny day.  Boats raced continuously with no major incidents.  Lots of fans and a great time.  Here’s a few photos to share some of ……Read More

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Gold Cup “Hydrofest” Detroit – Unlimited Boat Race Weekend

100 consecutive years of unlimited hydroplane racing along the Detroit River starts today with FREE Friday!  Read more for weekend events & map…. Come down to the northern end of the Detroit River this weekend for the 100th anniversary of ……Read More

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Raft Off 2016 Photo Review – August 13

  Although it rained a few times, the weather was hot and the water was warm for the annual Raft Off in Lake St. Clair’s Muscamoot Bay yesterday. Since the weather man had predicted rain and thunderstorms throughout the Raft Off,  ……Read More

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Port Huron to Mackinac “Boat Night” Party 2016 Recap

With 200+ sailboats on display just off the St. Clair River, the “Boat Night” party takes place before the “Port Huron to Mackinac” Race.  Located on the Black River near the mouth of Lake Huron is the annual 3-day Bluewater Festival celebrating ……Read More

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July 2016 Lake St. Clair Area Events Calendar Updated!

There have been some changes to the Lake St. Clair Guide Magazine 2016 printed calendar… a couple cancellations… but many new additions!  Go direct to updated events page here. Come by boat or car!!

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The Boating Weekend Just Got Longer for the Summer!

Starting June 27, 2016, Decker’s Landing has added live music each & every Monday on the Patio from 4-8pm with $10 Bucket Specials and new menu!  We all know that Monday is usually the best boating weather of the week!

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June 2016 Events Calendar Around Lake St. Clair

Lots of events around Lake St. Clair and the surrounding waterways of the St. Clair River & Detroit River starting this weekend!  June updated calendar now online! and… Don’t forget the FREE city docks in downtown New Baltimore when looking ……Read More

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Aquapalooza 2016 on Lake St. Clair Officially Cancelled

Pete Beauregard, president of Colony Marine, and the lead sponsor confirmed today Aquapalooza on Lake St. Clair is officially cancelled for 2016. “We are in the planning stages of making a move and changing the venue up so it will ……Read More

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The Boaters’ Restaurant Handbook – Thanks again Lake St. Clair Guide Magazine Sponsors!

2017 Edition Coming May 17!…. it’s here!!  Click to go to new 2017 edition   What’s new?  Who’s new? See our favorite eateries have for the 2016 boating season around Lake St. Clair! Happy hours, entertainment, food specials, and more! All in one place!  ……Read More

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DNR Lake St. Clair Boat Launch Status – March 31, 2016

According to the Michigan DNR today…. Lake St. Clair:  All the DNR boat launch sites are open. Heavy rain and high winds have kept the lake turbid.  Good perch and sunfish reports continue to come from the canals and marinas.    ……Read More

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Michigan’s Tallest Flag to be Lake St. Clair Landmark – Update

Update – $21,000 raised for Michigan’s Tallest Flag to be new Lake St. Clair Landmark … need to reach $33,000 to place the order for a Memorial Day dedication. As you may recall from a previous post and article in the 2016 Lake ……Read More

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Lake St. Clair DNR Launch – March 11, 2016 Dock Status

The Michigan DNR has begun installing docks at the launch ramps.  Below is the latest summary from our favorite tackle shops in key areas as to the Lake St. Clair DNR Launch – Dock Status: Blue Water Bait – Fair ……Read More

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2016 Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tournament Schedule

Want to join a 2016 Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tournament?  Here is the latest schedule of registered events from the Michigan DNR. According to the Michigan DNR, “All bass fishing tournaments held in 2016 and thereafter shall be registered ……Read More

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New Ice on Lake St. Clair’s Northern Anchor Bay Today – February 11, 2016

We have brand new Ice on Lake St. Clair’s northern Anchor Bay & Bouvier Bay today – February 11, 2016. The ice inside the grassy island leading into the Raft Bar and Bouvier Bridge Marina survived the warm temperatures this past ……Read More

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Lake St. Clair Ice 2016 – Update Friday February 5

Lake St. Clair Ice Update February 5, 2016 – The warm weather has unfortunately caused most of our ice to melt.  According to Brian at Blue Water Bait @ the Fair Haven Launch Ramp Thursday February 4, it was still ……Read More

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Lake St. Clair Ice 2016 – Update Saturday January 30

Lake St. Clair Ice 2016  Update – Saturday January 30 Northern Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay ice is still holding.  There are close to 100 shanties out at 9:00 a.m. today and a few brave souls riding their ATVs.  The ……Read More

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Winterfest 2016 Downtown New Baltimore

Winterfest 2016 Downtown New Baltimore is this weekend, January 29-31!  Live music, festival tent, chili cook off, polar bear plunge & more! Starting Friday at 7:30 p.m., there will be live music & contests until 11:30 p.m.  Saturday big fun ……Read More

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Lake St. Clair Ice Update Tuesday January 26, 2016

The ice on Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay has deteriorated and only remains along the fringe of the Northern Shore of Lake St. Clair around Fair Haven.  There is no ice along the New Baltimore waterfront today.   Bouvier Bay remains covered ……Read More

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Lake St. Clair Ice Conditions 2016

Lake St. Clair Ice Conditions 2016 The first vehicles are coming out onto the ice today, after a very solid week of bitter cold.  Not saying the Lake St. Clair ice conditions are safe yet, however, there are pick up ……Read More

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Ice Conditions on Lake St. Clair – January 5, 2016

We have ice on Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay today.  It is passed the Fair Haven point and is slowly creeping across Anchor Bay. Ice is important to us wintertime lake lovers…. ice fishermen should be out in a few ……Read More

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Record Height Flagpole for New Baltimore Waterfront Coming

Record Height Flagpole for New Baltimore Waterfront Coming this summer for a new boating landmark! As many boaters now realize, the water tower landmark for the town of New Baltimore was torn down July 2015. Because of its significance to ……Read More

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Fall is Here & Some Lake St. Clair Restaurants with Dockage are Winding Down… But not All!

First day of fall and the weather is perfect for boating; however, some Lake St. Clair restaurants with dockage are winding down for the season.  No worries, there are still many Lake St. Clair restaurants open YEAR ROUND with docks… ……Read More

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2015 Boating & Outdoor Festival at Lake St. Clair Metropark this Weekend!

The 6th annual 2015 Boating & Outdoor Festival at Lake St. Clair Metropark Thursday September 17 thru Sunday September 20th with more vendors & live events for a great way to cap off our boating season.  Hundreds of new & used boats will ……Read More

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Bassmasters at Lake St. Clair Again 2015

The Pro Elite Bassmasters are at Lake St. Clair Again, this weekend August 28-30, 2015.  With the Bassmaster Elite Series regular season schedule coming to a close, many anglers are still fighting for crucial points in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of ……Read More

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2015 Lake St. Clair Raft Off Review

The 2015 Lake St. Clair Raft Off was certainly huge again! Originally 11 years ago, the annual event was started as a competition for the world record of the most boats tied up together at one time.  The Lake Norman Raft-Up ……Read More

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Made in Michigan Antique Outboard Motor Show Detroit

New 1st Time FREE Event! Saturday – August 1, 2015 / 11am-4pm /  Belle Isle – Dossin Maritime Museum. The Great Lakes Chapter Antique Outboard Motor Club is hosting a one-time special event this weekend. A celebration and display of ……Read More

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Landmark New Baltimore Tower on Lake St. Clair Removed

This past Monday, July 6, 2015, the red landmark New Baltimore tower on Lake St. Clair was removed.  The tower, which was approximately 65 years old, had become too expensive to maintain.  The tower was located in New Baltimore’s Walter and ……Read More

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Lake St. Clair Bass & Muskie Fishing Reports

I’ve been asked to announce the NEW! Lake St. Clair Bass & Muskie Fishing Reports blog (and any other species you are interested in – everyone loves Perch too!). The new Lake St. Clair Bass & Muskie Fishing Reports is ……Read More

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Cruising Jobbie Nooner at Gull Island 2015

Yes, it was Jobbie Nooner at Gull Island yesterday …. Whether you approve or disapprove of the premise to this annual Lake St. Clair “Mardi Gras” style party, you have to admit it’s really exciting just to see all the boats and ……Read More

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Lake St. Clair Poker Run 2015 for Michigan Special Olympics

The Lake St. Clair Poker Run June 24, 2015 had a great day!  As always, the “Fun Run” is a very exciting event to help raise funds for Michigan Special Olympic athletes.  At 60 boats, this was a sold out event ……Read More

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Selfridge Launch Ramp Open

Selfridge Launch Ramp Open!  On Saturday, June 13, the Selfridge Launch Ramp reopened to boaters. According to Jerry at Angler’s Point Marina & Bait Shop just across the street, the Selfridge Launch Ramp opened the ramps and the old section ……Read More

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Our Boating Weekend Got 1 Day Longer! Andy Frasco Band Live

This Weekend Just Got One Day Longer to Boat! On Monday – June 15 @ 6:30pm – Decker’s Landing on the North Channel in Algonac/Clay Township will host LA’s world renowned Andy Frasco Band. The 5 piece band has opened up ……Read More

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Be Careful Memorial Weekend …. Lake St. Clair Weeds are Low …. Water is High

We’ve been out and about this past week and the Lake St. Clair navigational landmark “islands” of Phragmites and other reeds are very low, and sometimes are underwater yet.   Brown brown run aground! Making our way through the St. Clair Flats, ……Read More

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Selfridge Launch Ramp Temporarily Closed

The Selfridge Launch Ramp at the end of M59 on Lake St. Clair in Chesterfield Township is temporarily closed for construction.  Jerry Ferguson, the owner of Angler’s Point Marina/Bait across the street was told by the DNR they expect to ……Read More

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Lake St. Clair Area Waterfront Restaurants’ 2015 Opening Dates

The boat’s in the water and now you’re wondering where to get a bite to eat on Lake St. Clair?  Here are the Lake St. Clair Guide restaurant sponsors open now with dockage, and also the seasonal restaurants’ grand opening dates ……Read More

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Tin Fish on Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay Torn Down Today!

  I can say with utmost certainty, the Tin Fish Restaurant location “in Fair Haven on Anchor Bay” will not be open for the 2015 boating season!  I confirmed with Ira Township offices in Fair Haven, that condominiums will be ……Read More

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Walleye Tournament Lake St. Clair May 17

The launch ramps around Lake St. Clair are open!! and, you are invited to the May Madness Lake St. Clair Walleye tournament hosted by Sportsmens Direct – Limited to the first 50 boats – May 17!  Sign up today here…. Tournament Date: May ……Read More

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23rd Annual Earth Day Clean Up at Lake St. Clair Metropark is Saturday

23rd Annual Earth Week clean up is this Saturday, April 18 – 9am-2pm at our Lake St. Clair Metropark.  Check in at the activity center – Phone:  586-463-4581 Enjoy a nice spring day with your family while helping our Lake St. ……Read More

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Revised Bass Season Law for Catch & Release on Lake St. Clair

Effective immediately, the Michigan DNR has announced a revised bass season law that anglers may now “catch and release” bass in Michigan waters year round!  Catch & keep has not changed, and remains the 3rd Saturday in June. As a reminder, ……Read More

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New Date for 2015 Sunsplash Festival on Lake St. Clair

Due to a scheduling conflict with the carnival company, the 2015 Sunsplash Festival date published in the 2015 Lake St. Clair Guide is now incorrect.  The new date is July 23-26, 2015. The Sunsplash Festival date change also includes the Classic Car Show ……Read More

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Zero Days to Launch on Lake St. Clair

The count down has ended and it’s launch day on Lake St. Clair – April fools?? Here are some aerial photos taken a couple of days ago….  The U.S. side of Lake St. Clair is mostly ice free except for ……Read More

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Spring is here with GREAT news for Lake St. Clair boaters!

  Good news for our Lake St. Clair boating season!  The predicted forecast is for great weather…  and higher water again! According to the Farmers Almanac, we will experience warmer than normal temps in April and May with near normal rainfall.   ……Read More

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Inaugural “Paradise on the Ice” on Lake St. Clair

The inaugural “Paradise on the Ice” was held this past Sunday on Lake St. Clair!  A warm 40 degree day certainly made it easy to spend several hours on the ice meeting many other “boaters” who got their weekly fix of ……Read More

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A Winter Day of Fun on the Lake St. Clair Ice in 3 Minutes

Click on photo for a 3 minute video to see what it’s like for an afternoon on the Lake St. Clair ice….  

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A Lot Happening around Lake St. Clair Today

Sunday – January 25, 2015 – Harsen’s Island Ferry Closed Today!  Polar Plunge on Anchor Bay! Snowmobile Racing on northern Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay! The Harsen’s Island Ferry will be closed all day Sunday – January 25, 2015, and according ……Read More

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First Machines Out on Lake St. Clair Ice Today!

The first 4-wheeler ATV’s are now out on the Lake St. Clair ice.  Several local fishermen were out early this morning setting up their shanties on Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay, using their ATV’s to pull out their rigs. Ice appears to ……Read More

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What a Beautiful Fish Caught Ice Fishing Today on Lake St. Clair

Jeremy and friends from Ohio were ice fishing near the Raft Bar today and pulled up this huge Pumpkinseed Sunfish.   What a beautiful fish…..  

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2015 Calendar “Free” Lake St. Clair Guide Magazine Now Online!

Take a look through the 68 page, 15th Anniversary 2015 calendar edition to make the most of your boating, fishing, & snowmobile season on Lake St. Clair.  Deliveries of the 20,000 high quality “printed” magazine will be available to pick up at ……Read More

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Perch Fishing is on…. New House Erected “ON” Lake St. Clair

Lake St. Clair Perch fishing is back on Bouvier Bay today….. Good luck to our anglers! Stop by and see Brian at the Blue Water Bait & Tackle Shop at the Fair Haven Launch Ramp … Open all winter!    

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Ice is Back on Lake St. Clair Today! … with an Eagle having Breakfast

We went from 5% ice on Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay in Fair Haven, MI yesterday to 100% this morning!  While standing in the bone chilling wind to take some photos, our local Eagle landed to have breakfast! We have reservations from ……Read More

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Still Boating Lake St. Clair… Christmas Week!

One month ago we had ice fishermen beginning to emerge on northern Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay.  We never thought anyone would be boating the week of Christmas! With temperatures in the 40’s recently, there is only skim ice in ……Read More

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Last Call to Advertise in the 2015 Lake St. Clair Guide Magazine!

The new FREE! 2015 magazine is almost complete and it is bigger and better than ever… and it’s the 15th Anniversary Edition!  I have one nice spot left @ $400 which includes you in the 20,000 print magazine to boaters, ……Read More

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Lake St. Clair Loch Ness Monster Tree Pulled Out Today

For the last several years, a giant tree has been caught up in the shallows of Bouvier Bay, adjacent to the Munchies Swimming area.  Humans and birds alike loved to relax on this natural chair and watch the boats go by. Alas!  With ……Read More

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High Winds Cause Flooding on Northern Lake St. Clair

The Gale Winds have caused the Northern Lake St. Clair area waters to rise several feet in the last few hours. Homes along Lake St. Clair in Fair Haven, Michigan’s seawalls were being broached by the high waves as water ……Read More

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Lake St. Clair Ice Conditions and Photos

Ice photos shown are looking across Northern Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay – Fair Haven Point jetting out.  Open water is Anchor Bay.  

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Ice Starting to Form on Lake St. Clair!

Last year we had ice fishermen out on Thanksgiving (Nov. 28) on northern Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay…normally, ice fishing begins during Christmas week.  Today, our local canals are now frozen over and Bouvier Bay has begun freezing. It was 16 degrees when I ……Read More

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2015 Bassmaster Pro Elites Coming to Lake St. Clair!

Exciting for us again!  Bassmaster has again chosen Lake St. Clair to be part of the Pro Elite schedule.  They will be fishing here August 23-30, 2015.

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Deadline for 2015 Lake St. Clair Guide is now!

If you would like to advertise your waterfront & marine services by becoming a sponsor for our “15th Anniversary Edition” …. we have very limited space left!  Deadline is now!  We only have two 1/4 page ad spaces open, and two ……Read More

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Not a good day for boating! Good day for Kiteboarding though!

20 mph winds with 33 mph gusts!  Lake St. Clair is like the ocean today!

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105# Sturgeon Caught!

Dennis Moritz from Roseville caught this 68″ 105# Sturgeon in the North Channel to win the 1st “St. Clair – Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow” fishing tournament.  It was successfully released after some great photos. Next tournament for this non profit ……Read More

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