Pearl Beach Fishing Pier

Pearl Beach Fishing Pier

9720 Pearl Beach Blvd.

Clay Township, MI

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Pearl Beach Fishing Pier

The Pearl Beach Fishing Pier block depicts a surgeon swimming in the North Channel. This channel is the Sturgeon Angling Capital of the Great Lakes. The North Channel connects the St. Clair River to Anchor Bay. No borders were placed on the area of the block depicting water, representing the open ends of the channel. The corner blocks showing the moon and stars represent nighttime fishing.  Most sturgeon are caught during these hours. In opposite corners are the circle hooks which are most anglers’ preference for catching sturgeons. Pinwheel quilt blocks border the top and the bottom.

The Clay Township pier is located at the end of Pearl Beach Blvd right on the North Channel and is a great place to fish or just watch the boats go by.   

Jim Felgenauer, President of the St Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow organization, quoted “Catching a sturgeon is a unique experience, because after I release it, my grandson might catch the same fish 20 to 40 years from now.” 

Female lake sturgeon live 80-150 years. Males live an average of 55 years. Sturgeon are slow to mature, females taking 20-25 years to reach reproductive maturity and 15 years for male lake sturgeon.

Lake sturgeon have inhabited the Great Lakes for 10,000 years. They are one of the oldest species on the planet, belonging to a fish family that dates back 200 million years  Lake sturgeon are descendants of prehistoric fish.

Lake sturgeon were historically abundant in all of the Great Lakes. They served as an important food source for many Native American tribes. 

Due to commercial fishing and threats to the spawning areas, the current lake sturgeon population is estimated to be 1 percent of its historical abundance in Michigan. 

In 2013, fish spawning reefs were built in the Clay Township waterways to help repopulate the lake sturgeon to the St. Clair River.

For more information about lake sturgeon, visit www.stclairsturgeon.org 

For more information, visit Clay Township’s website:

https://www.claytownship.org/

Improvements

Clay Township received a $45,000 DNR Passport grant to rebuild the Pearl Beach Pier and turn it into a small park. 

Pier Location

The Clay Township pier is located at the end of Pearl Beach Blvd right on the North Channel and is a great place to fish or just watch the boats go by.   

Big Catch

A big catch photograph from days gone by.