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Need help. First time at Lake St. Clair


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New boat owner here so I'm not great at launching the boat yet. I have never been to Lake St Clair before. I could use some help from you seasoned veterans out there. Where is a good place to launch the boat on St Clair? and does it make sense to launch and fish Anchor bay for it to be protected more by the wind? Ultimately looking for a good place to launch a boat and fish where the ramp has adequate space and it's not jammed with people watching me launch the boat. The kicker would be to also find a place that is less affected by the wind since it's my first time on the lake. I don't plan on fishing too far from the shore. If you could also give me a good cutoff for the wind, such as "don't fish any wind greater than 15mph" or something like that so I can plan my trip accordingly. Thanks for the help guys! -Mike

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@Hollada can give you some more current info.  I’ve been going to St Clair for 21 years but we always rent a cottage on Harsens Island and launch over there.  Look at Selfridge, and Metro, they both are close to bays that offer a break from the wind depending on where it’s blowing from.  You didn’t say what size/type of boat you have and that will determine a lot on the conditions you can safely operate in.  You did say you were a new boat owner and if I read your post right, somewhat new to boating.  You picked a real tricky lake to hone your skills.  I would not venture out in anything over 10.  Luckily for you it’s not summer and prime boating where the lake is a madhouse.  Wait for Dan to chime in.  If you get impatient, message him directly. 

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Thanks for the reply. I have a 16' Lund Fury, so it's a mod V style (not a flat bottom). Yes, I would say I'm a beginner when it comes to launching a boat. I've watched videos and know how it's supposed to go, but I just need to practice more. When it comes to St. Clair, I just want to error on the side of caution and be safe. I will be able to pick the day/conditions when I go, so that helps.  Also, is there an inland lake by St. Clair that has decent smallmouth in case I need to hit a smaller inland lake? Thanks!

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There are a bunch.  One of the locals needs to get on this thread to give you better info than I have at my fingertips.  

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