Great news! Mad River Outfitters has partnered with a top, big-water destination for freshwater fly fishing- and best of all, only a few hours from the Columbus area! We are now an agent for Capt. Brian Meszaros and Great Lakes Flyfishing and Waterfowl, LLC. Come and fly fish the crystal clear waters of Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River for a variety of warmwater game fish. Lake St.Clair has been recognized byAmerican Angler magazine as one of the “Top 50 Fly Fishing Destinations in the U.S.” and may be the best smallmouth bass fishery anywhere. In addition, Lake St. Clair is rated as one of the top fisheries in the U.S. for muskellunge. Anglers are also likely to encounter largemouth bass, northern pike, white bass, yellow perch, carp, walleye, drum, and rock bass.
There is no down time fishing this area! Action starts in April for northern pike. In May, the annual white bass run takes place and offers anglers the opportunity to catch dozens of these tenacious fighters in the 1-3 pound range. In addition, smallmouth bass begin to move onto shallow flats and offer exciting sight fishing opportunities. In June, smallmouth fishing continues to heat up along with consistent encounters with muskies. Largemouth bass and jumbo perch add to the mix. Stalking monster carp on the flats is also an option.
Lake St. Clair has an average depth of around 10 feet with a constant influx of cool water from Lake Huron. Fishing activity stays consistent throughout the entire summer! Some of the best action of the year occurs in July and August while working weed edges, gravel bars, rock piles, and hidden shipwrecks in the main lake. Mixed bags catches are common and Mr. Muskie can show up at any time.
Fall is big fish time! September, October, and early November are great times to target super-sized smallmouth and really focus on chasing muskies. It is not uncommon for big bass to eat the same giant streamers being thrown for muskies. Much of this is sight fishing and is a very exciting saltwater-like experience.
Capt. Brian Meszaros is recognized as a top warmwater fly fisher and guide. He has over 30 years of experience on Lake St. Clair and is a member of the Scott Fly Rod Pro Staff. Capt. Brain has been featured on television episodes of Michigan Outdoors and Outdoors Ohio. Great Lakes Fly Fishing and Waterfowl is licensed and inspected by the US Coast Guard and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
If you are looking for a close-to-home fly fishing experience with all the excitement of a salt water destination, Lake St. Clair is the place to go! Big water, big fish, and clear water with a lot of visual, in-your-face action are all found here. All of this only about three hours from theColumbus area! For complete info give us a shout. We’ll be glad to “hook you up”!
Mad River Outfitters
Full booking agent for Brian Meszaros and his Great Lakes Fly Fishing
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