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Lake St. Clair

Mad River Outfitters serves as a full booking agent trophy warmwater fly fishing trips right here in the Midwest! We have partnered up with Brian Meszaros and his 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 warm-water game fish.

Lake St. Clair has been recognized by American Angler magazine as one of the "Top 50 Fly Fishing Destinations in the U.S." and may be the best smallmouth 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. Below is some basic ideas on the seasons as well as trip basics and pricing. As always, give us a call or click the links below to book a trip!


Muskellunge: First Weekend in June - November 1st (St. Clair) and Last Saturday in April - November 1st (Inland Lakes)

Smallmouth Bass: Last Weekend in April - November 1st

Pike: April - May/ October - November 1st

White Bass: May - June

Walleye: April - June

Carp: April - June

Largemouth: April - November 1st

Drum: April - November 1st

Trip Details

Once you have booked a trip, you will be contacted by Captain Brian. You will then meet at the specified time and place, a map will be provided with your trip confirmation. Great Lakes Fly Fishing provides all of the equipment and flies that you may need although you may want to bring your own.

A basic equipment/flies listing will be provided as well for those that do. You need to bring your own food/drinks. Cooler is provided. 4 hour or 8 hour charters are available. Start times are flexible. Overnight accommodations and hotel/airport pickup is available - just ask. ¹

¹ Further information provided upon trip confirmation.

Trip Pricing

Full Day Trips (8+ Hours) 

 $450.00 (1-2 Anglers)

$100 for an additional angler


1/2 Day Trips (4 hours)

 $300.00 (1-2 Anglers)

$75.00 for an additional angler


*Rates include boat, all tackle and flies and 1 or 2 anglers, the price is the same.

Lake St. Clair Photos---Our Guide Staff

To inquire about a Fly Fishing Trip to Lake St. Clair - 888-451-0363 or contact us.