Fishing the Clinton River Watershed
The Clinton River, its tributaries, and Lake St. Clair provide excellent fishing opportunities for all types of anglers. Below you will find descriptions for Lake St. Clair and stretches of the Clinton River that are truly hiffen treasures in south east Michigan
The main branch of the Clinton River below Yates Dam in Rochester Hills to Lake St. Clair receives an impressive annual spring run of steelhead (rainbow trout). Yates Park owned by the City of Rochester Hillsis a popular destination for local fisherman and provides public parking. Other game-fish of interest that can be caught in this section include walleye, white suckers, bass, pike, and assorted pan fish.
The main branch of the Clinton River above Yates Dam provides opportunities for the angler to catch a variety of fish species including brown trout, suckers, and a variety of pan fish.
The length of the creek from Lake Orion to the city of Rochester is a designated trout stream managed by the DNR, and the only cold water trout stream in south east Michigan. Paint Creek receives and annual stocking of brown trout, and recent fish surveys suggest natural reproduction is increasing. Angler access is unrivaled due to the Paint Creek Trail that parallels the river through most of its course. The avid trout fisherman should not overlook Paint Creek.
Special Regulations Update
As of 2011, five miles of Painit Creek became designaed for gear restrictions. Gear restricted waters are from the Gunn Road crossing in Oakland Township to the Tienken Rd. Crossing in Rochester Hills. For more information about the types of gear restrictions please visit the DNR website.
North Branch of the Clinton River
The upper portions of the North Branch of the Clinton River have the potential to provide a rewarding day for anglers. Fish that can be caught in this tributary include steelhead (rainbow trout), bass, carp, and assorted pan fish. Public access is limited, but metro and state parks can provide for access points.
There are over 400 inland lakes in Oakland County, which provide excellent lake fishing opportunities. Many of these lakes provide managed boat ramps for easy fishing access. There are plenty of places to target panfish, pass, pike, walleye. Notable lakes that have provide great catch rates include: Maceday Lake, Graham Lakes, Stoney Creek Lake, Upper Bushman Lake, Lake Orion and the surrounding lakes.
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