April 22nd, 2012 - Did a little fun fishing with my buddy Chris this morning. With the North wind blowing and predicted to increase all morning, we opted to head down river and fish between the GI toll bridge and the free bridge. We had our ten in the box by 9:30 and did a little C&R after that before heading in by 11:00. The wind was really ripping by then. Green or chartreuse T-Rex's paired with a brown or camo Wyandotte worm were on fire for us this morning! We're still not seeing a lot of silvers yet, but have heard reports that they're coming!
April 20th, 2012 - Today we fished North of Wyandotte. Started on the Canadian side but found dirty water and no biters between the "dirt track" area and Fighting Island. Headed up to Ceaser's Casino on the Windsor side expecting to find some cleaner water, but found the opposite. Didn't even drop a line there! Came back to the US side and punched our three man ticket up by the mouth of the Rouge - then went back to Canada looking for upgrades. Only managed a couple of shorts up by Fighting Island again and headed in. Strong SSW winds, somewhat dirty water with temps in the low fifties today. Boat control was challenging to say the least. Fun though!
April 18th, 2012 - Another good day on the water today. I had a great group of guys out today and we got into a nice bunch of fish in the upper Trenton Channel - between Hennepin Point and Elizabeth Park. We caught fish everywhere we dropped lines in that area and ended up going through over 30 of them. Nothing to hang on the wall, and a few shorties, but a nice day. We ended the day heading over to Canadian waters from the salt docks down to Fighting Island to try and find some bigger fish. Water was really dirty over there though. Nothing for our efforts. 3/4 oz. T-Rex's in a variety of colors paired with bright colored Fin-S fish was working for us today.
April 15th, 2012 - The rain finally cleared out of here Sunday afternoon so I jumped at the chance to get out for a few hours with some good friends for the evening bite. We hit a really nice pod of big fish and had a blast. Wind was out of the SSE up to 20mph, surface temp was fifty degrees and the visibility was about 2 to 3 feet. 3/4 ounce T-Rex with a lime/chartreuse Fin-S was working for me.
April 13th, 2012 - I was joined by a good group of guys from Ohio today, and we had a blast. Went through over thirty walleyes in the same area and using the same program as the 11th: 1oz T-Rex jigs tipped with bright colored Fin-S fish did all the damage. Had about 7 or 8 fourteen inch throw backs (good to see them) and lots of fish in the 21" and 22" range as well. No trophies but perfect for the dinner table!
April 11th, 2012 - We did very well today between the Wyandotte boat ramp and the Golf Course. Water clarity was very good and the surface temps were around 49 degrees. Very active fish all through that stretch of River. Contrary to my normal rule of thumb, the seemed to prefer the brighter colors today - chartreuse, black ice and ice shad Fin-S were all working for us.
April 8th, 2012 - Happy Easter! My brother came over and joined me for a few hours of fishing this morning, and we just couldn't get it going. We ended up with four from the Wyandotte/Trenton area, but had to work for them. I did get good reports from other areas of the River though.
April 6th, 2012 - I've had a couple of charters out over the past few days, and we had to work for our fish! Strong North winds have made boat control a challenge and comfort a distant memory for much of the week, but if you were willing to persevere you were often rewarded for your sacrifice. My best fish of the week was a 28.5" fully spawned out female going about 9 pounds. She came on a 3/4 ounce Chartreuse/Green T-Rex tipped with an Arkansas Shiner Fin-S fish in 20 fow off the side of the Mudd Island Channel. Other productive colors included the standard black or brown Wyandotte worms and Ice Shad Fin-S. Water temps are still in the upper 40's and color/clarity was OK! (About a foot and a half of visibility.) If the wind quits blowing, it should clean up pretty quick again. See you out there!
April Fools Day - I went out with team members Bob and Chris today. Cold and windy! We opted for a more comfortably place to be by late morning, but those who gutted it out or started late were rewarded with a decent bite in the afternoon. Most of the usual spots up and down the river were producing fish. Subtle, more natural colors seemed to be the most productive. Stingers were especially important today! BTW- Chris did pop a nice muskie before we called it quits - pictured below.
March 31st, 2012 - I ended up cancelling today's charter as the result of the water getting really dirty out there! A few people "cracked the code," but most struggled. The South end of the River was a bit more productive early in the day, but that dirtied up by later in the afternoon as well.
March 26th, 2012 - Well I finally got out fishing! It seems weird saying "finally" while we are still in March, but the jig fishing on the Detroit River has been fantastic for nearly two weeks already. Very early on the calendar, but the water temps are already up to fifty degrees out there. Normally we would expect something in the thirties this time of year.
Never the less, the unseasonably warm weather this March has brought us an early bite, and lot's of anglers have been taking advantage of it. Jigs with plastics and/or minnows have been doing most of the damage, but color choice hasn't seemed to be all that important yet. The "Tight Line Team" have been doing very well with 3/4 oz. T-Rex jigs tipped with just a Fin-S minnow or a Wyandotte Worm. I caught seven yesterday morning - all on the same Green/Chartreuse T-Rex and Arkansas Shiner Fin-S that I tied on first thing in the morning. I did all my fishing on the US side of the Middle River (Grassy Island to the head of Fighting Isl.) but good reports were coming in from the whole length of the river. All my fish came in 30 to 35 feet of water on the channel edges and none were over four pounds. If you are specifically looking for bigger fish, try the shallower spots!
Let's just hope the "early start" this year doesn't lead to an "early finish" as well!
March 19th, 2012 - With the crazy warm weather we've been having, it should come as no surprise that the jig bite on the D-River has just taken off like gangbusters. Lot's of wall hangers like this one being caught:
Sadly, however, not by me! I've been over here in Grand Rapids doing the Ultimate Sports Show while my friends and colleagues were bombarding me with text messages and pictures like this one.
January, 2012 - Nothing to report yet as I'm just entering the coming show season. With the mild Winter though, it looks like we might get an early start this year. Here's hoping!
June 20th, 2011 - I took a charter out today on the Sportcraft. Had a great crew of experienced salmon fishermen which really helped to pull off a pretty good day under tough conditions. The wind has been out of the East for several days now and the may fly hatch is in full swing. The crew worked their butt's off to put together a nice box of fish anchored by a 28.5 incher. Spoons first thing in the morning but that bite died off by lunchtime. At that point we mixed in some good old reliable Wiggle Warts and got them going again. We fished the same area as the last few trips and found the fish going deeper in the water column. Not much action coming within ten feet of the surface at all. Another good day!
June 18th, 2011 - I fished the DWF Tournament today with pal Chris and his Dad. We took the Sportcraft and focused on the spoon program in various depths between Stony Point and Estral Beach. We only ended up with 15 - none of which were tourney winners, but we had a great day anyway. We fished only spoons on the riggers, dipsies and big boards using both Jets and Mini Disks. We never did get much of a program figured out but more fish came on the riggers and dipsies than off the boards.
June 17th, 2011 - After a few days of bad weather and a busy schedule I finally got out again today for the first time in over a week. I went out alone and forced myself to work on my spoon program (left the crawlers at home)! It took me a while to start to get them dialed in, but I ended up boating 8 walleyes, mostly in the last two hours I was out there. Turns out they didn't like something about the mini disks this time, but I started catching them as I replaced those with #30 Jets 50 to 60 feet behind the boards. All fish came in 18 to 22 feet of water in front of Swan Creek/Estral Beach. Pinks with pink or copper backs were the hot spoons today.
June 9th, 2011 - Went out again this evening with some good friends/clients and fished the same program as two days ago. This time we went through over a hundred crawlers as we sorted through many sheepshead, silver bass and a couple of catfish before we had our 18 walleyes. Nice evening - a little windy - but manageable!
June 7th, 2011 - Took a two man charter out on the Yar-Craft this morning and despite a lumpier ride than the weather man had forecast, we had a pretty good day. We pulled spinners downwind at 1.1 to 1.5 mph in 24 to 26 FOW for a nice three man limit of eyes. Had to sort through a bunch of sheepshead in the process, but they are fun too! Hopefully, things will stay stable for a while now.
June 6th, 2011 - I had the Sportcraft out both Saturday and Sunday for several hours each day trying to put a spoon program together. Most of the charter fleet in the marina are reporting good success with spoons, but we didn't get it quite dialed in. I had some mechanical issues with the boat, but should have it taken care of and back out this coming weekend.
June 2nd, 2011 - First trip out on the Lake this season today. We made two long passes out NE of Fermi in 20 to 23 FOW pulling spinners and crawlers on 1 ounce inline weights. Kept 21 nice eyes and threw back a few "non-targeted" species as well. Surface temps are hovering around 70 degrees right now so it should be on for a few weeks anyway.
May 22nd, 2011 - I took my brother and another buddy out this evening. We fished the channel edges between the Wyandotte Golf Course and Elizabeth Park and caught fish all through there. We ended up with out 15 fish limit of eyes plus some bonus small mouth and a bunch of silver's. T-Rex jigs and wonder worms were hot again. We also picked up a few on Arkansas Shiner Fin-S.
May 14th, 2011 - I took two guys out on a charter today and it was pretty non-stop all day. We jigged from Wyandotte down to Elizabeth Park - mostly on the channel edges. Caught at least 8 small mouth, 3 sheepshead, 1 sturgeon and at least 30 silver bass. Oh yeah, we also picked up 8 nice walleye. T-Rex jigs in all colors with brown or black wonder worms were best for us today.
May 12th, 2011 - I was out for a few hours this evening and managed 5 walleyes and a bunch of silver bass. Yes, they're in! Unpainted jigs with brown wonder worms did most of the damage. Fished the channel edges between the bridges in the Trenton Channel. Now is a great time to take the kids out for some fast action with the silvers. We caught 25 or so by accident. If you use lighter jigs and white twister tails you can probably catch hundreds of them.
May 9th, 2011 - I don't want to start calling it a renaissance yet, but this evening was much improved. I caught five on a green T-Rex jig and brown Wonder Worm between 6pm and 8pm between the Wyandotte Boat Club and the Toll Bridge. I think part of the improvement is due to the warm stable weather of the past few days. Water temps were up to 55 degrees and color and clarity were good. It felt good to get out of my slump!
May 7th, 2011 - I had charters out on the River the past two days and it remained pretty slow for me. It was generally slow for most, but by most accounts was improving for many. Lot's of boats reported catching dinner, but few claimed limits. The water temps were still down, but color and clarity were OK. We fished from US Steel to the Gross Isle free bridge with little to show for it. No explanations and no excuses - I should have done better! At least my guests both days were gracious and understanding - not to mention a lot of fun to be with.
April 30th, 2011 - Fishing has been tough for most the last two days. I took out Steve and Tom from K-Zoo on Friday and we only managed 4 in the boat, and one of them was short! In addition to the 20mph winds, the River was very dirty from the storms all week and still cold (< 50 degrees). I went out again today as one of six boats chartered for the Paul Bunyan Club outing. The water clarity had improved, but not so much the fishing. We boated a total of five in five hours of fishing. No excuses, but the fishing should have been much better today! I did hear, however, that the bite improved in the afternoon.
Both of my trips focused mostly on the Mud Island area with a few drifts at 2-Rocks, US Steel, and Fighting Island. I did hear that fishing was slightly better yesterday all the way up River between Chene Park and Lake St. Clair but I did not venture up that far.
April 27th, 2011 - I have cancelled my trips for the first three days of this week due to weather or at least the forecast. Wishing now I would have gone yesterday as reports were the fishing in the middle river was on fire for those willing to deal with the high winds. I drove by and saw a broad band of blue/green water running down the middle and knew it was probably good. When I talked to some buddies and colleagues who were out, they were grinning from ear to ear saying "It's on now!" Hopefully, it wasn't a fluke and things are generally picking up. I won't find out for myself today due to the heavy rain now falling and lots more on the way.
April 24th, 2011 - HAPPY EASTER! I had the chance to get out with my brother Randy and my pal Chris for a few hours this morning before the family got together for a meal. We headed to the Trenton Channel in the hopes of finding a little clearer water and it paid off. Visibility was about a foot, even though temps were still in the mid forties. Those two guys schooled me though. They caught 7 fish with 6 of them being between 5 and 8 pounds while I only managed one good skunk! I need to find more generous people to fish with I guess. T-Rex jigs with ring worms and FinS Fish in darker colors were working best today.
April 23rd, 2011 - Tough day for most today! The water was dirtied up from all of yesterday's rain/run-off and the fish were far less active than 24 hours ago. A few boats figured something out, but most ended up with very light baskets. Tomorrow is another day!
April 22nd, 2011 - I took out an afternoon charter today with Bob, Bobby and David. It rained the entire trip with a cold NW wind, but we still caught some fish. Ended up with 14 nice eaters caught on T-Rex jigs and mostly black worm bodies between US Steel and Mud Island. Reports were that fish were going in the deeper water (30' plus) this AM, but most of our success came in 18' to 22' this evening. Water clarity was decent - about 8 to 10 inches of visibility - but still cold: 43 to 46 degrees!
April 18th, 2011 - Today I provided one of three boats for a group of guys who had come in from out of State for some Detroit River walleye fishing. We headed out at 7am in a bona-fide winter storm! I had over 2" of snow in the boat by 9am. The water was the color of wet cement everywhere we went from Celeron Island to Fort Wayne. The Canadian side looked like you could walk on it. NO FISH! The guys were great sports though - they've been doing this for a number of years and know what April in Detroit can mean!
April 15th, 2011 - I was out today with Steve and Brad - a couple of good sticks from Chicago. We struggled with the 20+ mph East winds but still managed to put some nice fish in the box including a new personal best 11.5 pounder for Brad. We fished the Trenton channel using T-Rex and current buster jigs with 4" FinS Fish and 4" Wonder Worms. Color didn't seem to matter, but when the bite slowed in the afternoon, tipping with shiners produced a few more fish.
April 11th, 2011 - Some really nice eyes have been caught in the River over the past week, just too few of them. Fishing remains slow for most, but a few boats did manage to pull some decent baskets. That leads me to believe that things should get going pretty well any time now. To my point, only 5 limits were weighed at the MWT Saturday, compared to close to three times that in zeros! Most teams weighed one or two fish. Day two of that tournament (Sunday) was cancelled due to heavy fog. The boats that did well were able to find a small active pod of fish and stay on them while the bite lasted - usually less than an hour. Those teams reported that the rest of their days were pretty uneventful.
I know this all sounds a little depressing - but I have to think when it does open up it's going to be awesome!
April 3rd, 2011 - Hi All! Well this would be my first report for 2011. I had a good show season, and am getting busier by the day, but did manage to get out on the water the past two days.
I fished the Detroit River with my Buddy Chris Saturday & Sunday. Water temps were in the 36 to 38 degree range and the clarity was just about perfect for jigging. We fished the middle River on Saturday with one 27" seven and a half pounder to show for it. That one came on a Black T-Rex jig with an Ice Shad FinS minnow between Mud and Fighting Islands.
On Sunday we fished the lower River. Not a bump and we did not see a fish taken around us. We fished along Calf Island and out in Front of Humbug Marina. We then moved over East of Gross Isle and stuck a very fat 22" male between the Island and the "Hole In The Wall." We also tried over on Ballard's Reef but nothing there.
I'm thinking we are still a week away from any consistency on the River, but I have been hearing some decent reports from out on the Lake. Water temps are a few degrees warmer out there and it may be the difference. I'll probably get out there at least once during the coming week.
It's nice to be back in the game though!
October 8th, 2010 - I did a dual species outing today on my own. I started off fishing perch out of Brest Bay and did very well. I then began trolling for walleyes but the results were not so good! I pulled spinners for about 3 hours and caught one short fish. On a brighter note, the surface temps are around 58-59 degrees, the marks were there on the sonar screen and I did have a couple of legitimate pull backs that I didn't get hooked up. This leads me to believe those fish are moving back in and should start popping in earnest pretty soon. I'll be keeping close tabs on that now as we move into the "Fall Fishing" period for real. Stay tuned!
September 21st, 2010 - The perch fishing continues to be the best I've seen on the Michigan waters of Lake Erie in quite a few years. The 22' to 25' depths out from Stony Point and South to beyond the River Raisin have all been producing nice buckets of yellow bellies. Just look for the lines of marks close to bottom on your graph, and drop the anchor. I've only had one outing from the last seven that I had to move from my original stop to find fish. Be patient too! If your getting bit and seeing some fish, give the schools a chance to find you - then be ready for some fun!
September 14th, 2010 -Well, Fall is upon us and the fishing is really picking up again. My last five perch trips on Lake Erie have all been hugely successful. Lots of nice eaters in the 8' to 10' size range with a fair number of bigger ones mixed in as well. You will have to sort through some smaller fish - but that's usually always the case anyway. I've been fishing out of Brest Bay Marina and Sterling State Park when I take the YarCraft. I head out close to the Ohio line in 23 to 25 feet of water and look for marks on the sonar. When I find them I anchor up and start fishing. Once they start to go, the action just picks up and maintains pretty well for as long as you want to stay on them. Emerald shiners are my first choice of bait, but I've also done pretty well on spot tails too. The latter are much easier to take care of and will stay lively on the hook longer as well.
The walleye are also starting to show up again in predictable numbers and locations. It's not "easy limits" yet, but that fishing will just keep getting better up to and beyond ice up. I've been using crawlers and spinners so far but I'm sure that Deep Tail Dancers, Deep Husky Jerks and Reef Runners are all good choices again too.
If you are interested in a fall trip, I appreciate your consideration.August 30th, 2010 - As we close in on the Holiday weekend, I'm afraid I still do not have a great deal of first hand information to share, but I will pass on what I do know.
Reports are that the walleye fishing has started to show some modest signs of picking up in the far Western Basin again. I'll be out this week scouting for myself and will post what I find. Until then, I've been hearing from reliable sources that a few fish are starting to go again. The reports I've heard have mostly come from spinner fishermen, but I would think spoons and cranks will work equally well as long as the fish are there to chase them! Don't expect limits or easy fishing just yet, but things are looking up for the Fall run.
In the meantime, the perch fishing may have dipped a little over the past week but remains pretty strong in general. I even initiated the Sportcraft yesterday myself. We didn't get into them hot and heavy, but did pull a couple of nice perch dinners in two hours of fishing. We fished 23 to 25 feet of water out in front of Brest Bay. If you're going out, you can't miss the fleets - especially on the weekends.
August 18th, 2010 - Well, it's been a while since I've wet a line. I've been extremely busy buying and rigging a second boat for the charter fleet for most of the past several weeks. Between that and catching up on some other things, I've just had to resist the temptation to get out there!
The good news is the new boat (a 27' Sportcraft Hardtop) is now ready to go just in time for some late Summer perching and Fall walleye slamming. I should be doing that by the coming weekend.
For now, though, I have been getting some great reports on the perch fishing out of Monroe lately. Many are saying this is the best perching we've had in over 10 years! Numbers and size have both been impressive by most accounts. Emeralds or spot tails presented on perch rigs from an anchored or drifting boat are getting it done for most anglers from what I'm hearing. But my next report will be first hand! Maybe we'll see you out there too!
July 18th, 2010 - I have not fished home waters since my last report, nor have I heard much from others. Sorry!
I did fish yesterday and today on the outer Saginaw Bay out of Au Gres, MI. Conditions were tough during our Club Tournament on Saturday- SW wind at 15 to 25mph and hot - which made it tough to do a lot of looking. We did make several moves however, and finally contacted some active fish in the steeples area NE of big Charity Island. Nothing huge, but all nice fish 20 inches plus. Also caught one 26 incher out there that won the tournament for us. We fished spinners but reports were that spoons were going good too. Also heard Hot-N-Tots were going well for some.
July 9th, 2010 - I've been out three times since my last post, all in the MI waters of Erie - North of the River Raisin. Fishing has picked up in this area as we have managed boat limits with some culling each time out. This may be related to the big algae bloom we had last Saturday, or the heat wave possibly contributing to reduced oxygen levels in the deeper water or both! What I can say for sure is that we are marking lots of bait and fish and they are going well for now. Spinners, spoons and crank baits have all worked well for me this past week. If you do go, don't be afraid to explore the shallower water (less than 20').
I also continue to hear good reports from Ohio waters - especially the area between Sputnik and West Sister. I haven't been there myself lately, but with all the great reports coming from that area I would not hesitate to go there!
July 1st, 2010 - I've been out fishing MI waters of Erie for the past 3 days. Went solo Monday and Tuesday and caught fish both trips, though not many! I took a charter out Wednesday and really struggled for a hand full of fish. Not many marks in my usual summer spots and even fewer bites. Reports are lot's of fish are going in Ohio waters between sputnik and West Sister. I'll get out there in the next few days to see for myself.
Some fish are being caught in MI waters still, but they seem to be in very tight little pods. If you don't find one of those "pods" chances are you'll struggle. There are fish out there though!
June 26th, 2010 - It's been a while since my last post - sorry about that! Anyway, the bite is generally becoming a little tougher in the Michigan waters of Lake Erie these days. Limits are still common, but we are working harder to get them and we are not seeing as many of those 20" and bigger 2003 class fish we were getting a few weeks ago. Lot's of good eaters though.
If you are looking for better fish, and maybe even a more consistent bite, you may want to consider running out to Ohio waters these days. The area between Sputnik and West Sister Island has been very productive lately. Spoons behind minis or jets are going well - and of course spinners are always a good option. Just be prepared to deal with a few more rough fish if you choose to go with spinners.
Holiday Beach on the Canadian side remains unpredictable from most reports. That area has been very productive for a number of years, but this year it continues to frustrate many who head over there. Seems to be a lot of fish in the area, but getting them to go has been far more challenging than most of us are expecting. Having said that, I did fish over there today with my partner Chris and we managed a nice box of eyes including three that got us a 3rd place in the DWF tournament. We worked for them though - spoons early in the day, then spinners in the afternoon.
Remember - wherever you plan to fish, make sure you have the appropriate license. And if you're a US citizen heading to Ontario, be sure to have your proof of citizenship with you. Above all, be safe out there!
June 12th, 2010 - If for some strange reason you've been waiting to get out on the lake - GO! Fish seem to be just about everywhere in Michigan waters of Erie, and responding to just about any reasonable presentation you care to use. Easy boat limit Friday evening on harnesses, and easy boat limit Saturday morning on spoons. I haven't used cranks in the past few days, but have heard from others they're working too. Nothing fussy about it but you can't get them if you don't go.
June 10th, 2010 - I've been out three times this week (so far) and have done pretty well each time. I couldn't get my spoon program to go again though. All success came on spinners behind in-lines all week. I didn't do much on bottom bouncers either.
All my fishing this week has been between Fermi and the Banana Dike, and I've caught fish in depths from 13' to 23'. There are a lot of fish out there right now - the key is to find some active ones and stay on them. As always, try to focus on the suspended fish as they will be more active than those on the bottom. Also, don't be too quick to dramatically change tactics. Most of the time if you just keep tweaking your presentation, you'll get it dialed in.
June 1st, 2010 - I went out with a buddy for a few hours this evening. The intent was to shake down the big boards and mast system for the first time on the Yar-Craft. Results: The big boards were great and the spoon program is officially on! We caught 12 eyes in 2-1/2 hours. 11 of them came on spoons fished from the middle of the column up and only one on a crankbait. 2.1 to 3.0 mph. We never put a harness in the water tonight as I just don't feel they can be fished as effectively on the big boards. I like in-line boards for that work!
May 27th, 2010 - I went out alone yesterday to do some scouting. Nothing but silvers (and lots of them) in the far Western end of the Lake. So I moved down in the area in front of Fermi where I caught only a few silvers and 8 eyes. Mostly on crankbaits fished in the middle of the water column. I also got one each on a spoon and a harness with a willow blade.
Went back out today (the 27th) with a charter and what a difference a day can make! Water was mirror flat without even a hint of a breeze. Lots of weeds everywhere too. It looked like July out there. We struggled for 6 fish - 5 on spinners and one one a crank. All came further South this time, out from Stoney Point. Again, all bite came in the middle of the water column.
May 23rd, 2010 - I took some friends out to the Western end of the Lake this morning for some trolling. I can't say we "lit them up" but we did box a couple of boat limits in about 5 hours of fishing. (Team Glitter was my wing man today.) We pulled spinners in 18 to 21 feet of water between the banana dike and the Detroit River Light. Color didn't matter nearly as much as depth today. Most fish came high - the top 8 to 10 feet of the water column.
May 21st, 2010 - I took a jigging charter out on the River this morning and really struggled! We boated lots of silver bass and white perch, but the walleye would not cooperate with us no matter where we tried. I think we need to see the numbers of silvers decline again before the jig bite starts coming back. In the meantime, bottom bouncing with spinner/crawler combos or handlining with small cranks or spinners is still producing eyes - including many limits. If you're heading out, you may want to consider leaving the jigs home and switching presentations for the next week or two.
May 17th, 2010 - I had a charter out on the Lake yesterday morning and we did pretty well. We fished spinners in 20 to 24 feet of water out from the banana dike - South of the dumping grounds. We caught 18 and missed several more in a half day trip. Bottom bouncers and in-lines both produced.
May 16th, 2010 - The river bite was tough again early last week due to very dirty water after all that wind and rain. Only a hand full of fish for two tips for me.
I was back out on the Lake Saturday, however, and did much better. I caught 12 on spinners/crawlers in about 4 hours alone. All fish came in 20 to 23 feet of water at 1.1mph fished pretty deep - 10 to 15 feet down and a few on bottom bouncers. Again, color was not too important as long as you had bright copper or gold in the rig. I'm going out again later today!
May 10th, 2010 - I spent a couple of hours scouting the River this morning in the hopes of finding numbers of active fish. I had predicted the weekend storms would have dirtied the water up a bit which I thought would trigger some more active feeding. I was right about the dirtier water but the bite remained inconsistent for me. I managed four eyes in 3-1/2 hours of work. No more than one from the same place and three different jig/plastic color combos. I spent the entire morning in the middle River and three of my four came on the Queen's side.
May 8th, 2010 - As I write this update the wind is blowing at 25 to 35mph out of the West. I had to cancel today's trip as these conditions are a little too sporting for the un-initiated!
I did get in two trips on Thursday, however, and did pretty well on both. Spinners and in-lines again - 15 to 30 feet back around the dumping grounds out from the banana dike. Lot's of fish in there and they seemed to come in spurts of 2 or 3 at a time. Well over twenty walleyes on the day and relatively few junk fish to mess with in the process.
May 6th, 2010 - The River continues to prove challenging - at least for me. My three trips this week have all been afternoon/evenings on the River and I was unable to put anything consistent together. One fish here, one fish there - but no real pattern. I have heard that the morning bite has been "better" and that the Canadian side continues to be more productive than the US in general.
On a brighter note, I did get out to the Lake Tuesday morning to try that for the first time this year. I made one long pass off the Banana Dike in 15 to 20 feet of water and caught 12 and lost two at the boat. And I was by myself! Spinners on 1oz in-lines 15 to 20 feet behind the boards. Colors didn't seem to matter.
May 2nd, 2010 - Storms and rain have kept me off the water this past weekend, but I heard the US side is "challenging" again due to water clarity. The coming week should show some dirtier water and improved fishing after this weather though.
April 27th, 2010 - Wind and rain have dirtied up the River lately and the fishing really improved. We've caught over 30 eyes on my last two charters (Saturday and today). Mudd Island area on the US side and Ballard's Reef on the Queen's side. Black or brown worms and natural colored Fin-S fish.
April 22nd, 2010 - Picked up a few jigging the middle river over the past few days. Wyandotte Golf Course area and up around Mudd Island. Brown and black 4" worms on heavier jigs. Seems you have to stay in deeper (25' plus) water though. It's still very clean out there.
April 17th, 2010 - I'm still jigging in the Detroit River. I took out several charters over the past week and have found the fishing to be tough! We are experiencing some of the cleanest water out there that I've ever seen - especially on the US side. We usually talk about visibility out there in inches, but this year it's in feet. I have, at times, been able to see bottom in 10 to 12 feet of water!
The result - at least for me - is a tougher bite during daylight. Early and late twilight, and after dark, however, are a totally different story. I had a charter out Thursday where we worked for four fish between 5:30 and 8:00pm but then picked up twelve in the first hour after dark.
If you are going to fish during daylight, get an Ontario license and try the "Queens" side of the river. Water over there has been a little more stained and productive lately.
April 4th, 2010 - I've been out jigging on the Detroit River a few times now. I've fished almost exclusively in the middle river area from Wyandotte up to the 80" mill. The Fin-S fish, especially in the darker colors, have been as effective as always so far, but the 4" worms have also been very good! Seems a little early (water temps in the low 40's) for those worms, but I won't argue with success. If you're going, stick to the channel edges as they really seem to be concentrating a lot of fish. If you don't have any success on the deep side of the edge, try up on top too.
Lot's of big fish are being caught this early season as well. More than I've seen in a few years now.
March 23rd, 2010 - I made it out for my first jigging trip of 2K10 with my buddy Chris last night. We enjoyed about 3 hours of uncharacteristically mild March weather on the middle Detroit River. We only boated three eyes, but it's a start!
January 1st, 2010 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Hopefully you are all making the most of these trying times. Thank God we have fishing, family and friends to help us keep it all together!
As many of you know, I'm not an ice fisherman, so don't look for a report from me till the ice leaves the boat ramps. In the meantime, drop by and see me at the coming Sports Shows. I'll be spending time in the DWF booth at the Ultimate fishing show at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi January 7th through the 10th. After that, I'll be at the Michigan-Ohio Sportfishing Expo at the Monroe County Expo Center on February 13th & 14th. Then I'll move down to Cobo Hall for the Detroit Boat Show and Great Lakes Outdoor Recreation Expo from February 15th through the 21st. I'll be in the Lockeman's booth for that one. Should be a good time - Please drop by and see us if you're out and about.
July 6th, 2008 - If you are interested in going out and having a great day of walleye fishing - including bringing home a limit for the table - then Western Lake Erie is where you need to be! Not as many bigger fish now, but a few "nice ones" are still being caught regularly. Spoons, spinners or crankbaits are all working, so pick your poison. Check for current reports, especially at the local bait shops, before you head out. Be prepared to look for some water less populated by floating weeds, and have a blast. Most days, limits have been the norm from the Bass Islands to the Detroit River light in all the usual spots. If the one you land on isn't producing, just move to the next one quickly. It may take you a couple of moves to find an active pod, but when you do - stay on it! Don't spend all day fishing the spot where you caught them last week or last year if you aren't marking or catching them. These fish are still schooled up fairly tightly so if you hit a double or catch multiple fish in a short time and then nothing - go back over the spot where you had your success. If you stick to your line in hopes of contacting another pod, you may loose a lot of time.
Have fun and be safe and courteous out there!
June 20th, 2008 - We made our first trip of the year to Peelee Island today. Lot's of fish up to six pounds on the North end of the Island. We got into them good pulling spinners on 1oz. in-lines 25 to 35' behind the boards. We planned to scout some other areas as well, but the weather chased us off before we got any traction on that. Launched out of Leamington, ON this trip.
June 11th, 2008 - The walleye fishing is pretty good in Western Lake Erie right now. Spoons behind mini divers or jets are very productive. The mayflies are going too, so I recommend fishing late morning through evening so the the little buggers aren't coming up like a giant buffet while you are out there. Also, don't be afraid to pull those spoons up to 3mph if your marking fish, but can't get them to go. The drifters/casters are also doing well these days from what I've heard. Personally, I just don't seem to have the patience for that.
May 25th, 2008 - Me and my pal Chris drove down to Port Clinton, Ohio today in the hopes of finding some bigger fish without having to burn hundreds of $$$'s in fuel. I'm very glad we went! We launched out of Mazurik's and found some pretty good fish around Kelly's Island only a few miles away. We started the day pulling cranks in fairly shallow water, but after catching two decent eyes in the first hour, we switched over to spinners and enjoyed a little more consistent action after that. We finished the day boating about 20 eyes of which we kept only a limit of eaters. Lot's of these fish were in the 3 to 5 pound class with a few bigger. A 28 incher was our big fish of the day. Number 5 and 6 spinners in a variety of colors pulled between 1.0 and 1.5 MPH in 16 to 20 FOW was our hot program. Had a great time and a great dinner after getting home!
May 18th, 2008 - I'm just catching up on my home work after fishing another tournament on Saturday. This was the FLW League event on Lake Erie out of Monroe, MI. Happily, I did a little better in this one than I did at Port Clinton a few weeks ago. Got a fourth this time and am pretty pleased with that. The photo above was taken at the weigh in by T. J. DeVoe.
Anyway, trolling cranks in 15 to 19 FOW outside Sterling State Park was the ticket for me. We ran them high early, and just kept dropping them deeper as the day progressed. The trick seemed to be pulling them a little a faster than you might think for this time of year - 1.8 mph and up! I went through more than 20 walleyes during the day, but 4 of the 5 I weighed in were caught between 1:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon. Go figure!
May 10th, 2008 - We got out on the MI waters of Lake Erie today for the first time this season, and found the fishing to be as good as it was last year. A variety of crankbaits positioned 12 to 15 feet down over 20 to 22 FOW off Stoney Point provided consistent action for us all morning. No monsters, but all decent fish up to 5 pounds. Looks like it's on! Lot's of silver bass and a few sheepies to keep us busy in the process.
May 7th, 2008 - It's been a while since my last report, but honestly - I haven't had a whole lot to talk about. The Detroit River continues to be spotty by most accounts, including my own. We can have a big day one day, and struggle for a few bites the next - with no apparent change in conditions. The water clarity has been extremely good on the US side, and decent on the Canadian side as well. By all accounts, it should be a jigger's dream come true most days - most of the time. I won't complain though. Where else in the world can you jig up six or eight nice eyes and call it a tough day?
For those willing to be a little more adventurous, I have heard repeatedly that the handliners have had consistently good results after dark. I haven't done that myself yet this year, but plan to in the near future.
April 13th, 2008 - For anyone who may be interested, the FLW League Tournament out of Port Clinton, OH yesterday was not one of my best! In fact, I zeroed this one! Conditions were tough - wind, rain and very dirty water throughout pre-fishing and tourney day kept the basket sizes down and the zeroes up. Even so, some guys did figure out how to catch fish but I was not one of them. Team Glitter (aka Chris K.) was however! Congrats to him for figuring out how to cash a check.
As for the report, some fish are being taken off the tops of the reefs jigging, but the dirty water is definitely making it tough. The usual hair jigs tipped with minnows or plastics remain the most popular choice. The trolling bite is significantly impacted by the dirty water as well, despite the fact that big sonar marks are plentiful in all the usual spots. If you plan to give this a try before the water clarity improves, at least look for the cleanest water you can find where you are marking fish. Personally, I think I'll wait for conditions to improve before getting back there myself. I think when that happens, it could be a very big Spring bite in Port Clinton!
April 6th, 2008 - I got my own boat out for the year's first outing yesterday. Having the new E-Tec on there made it pretty exciting for me. Unbelievable how that motor performs right out of the box like that. I'm sure we're going to be very happy together!
The fishing report is much less exciting I'm afraid. I spent about 4 hours on the Detroit River, but most of that was shake down time. I only had lines in the water for about 45 minutes and came up zeroes for that effort. I might have stayed out longer and given it a more legitimate effort, but all the reports I got while on the water were pretty much the same: Nothing! It sounds like things were a little better out there today, but still pretty slow.
I headed down to the Ohio waters of Lake Erie today but fared no better down there. Very dirty and cold water! Less than 40 degrees and no more than a few inches of visibility in most areas around Port Clinton and the Reefs. I'll be fishing the FLW League Tournament down there next Saturday, so I sure hope the conditions improve quickly. Will keep you all posted on that.
March 25th, 2008 - Like most of you, I'm chomping at the bit to get out on the water! We're close, but not quite there yet. I've been keeping an eye on the Detroit River for days now waiting for the ice flows to clear out. I have been told - and confirmed using satellite images - that most of the MI waters of Erie are now open, but be careful if you're going out there. That water is still dangerously cold, and you'll probably not have a lot of company out there.
During the past Winter, I was accepted into the Pro-Program at Evinrude - thanks to Dave and Lockeman's where I've been on the Walleye Pro Staff for several years now. As a result, I now have a new 2008 250 HO E-Tec on the boat and I'm absolutely dieing to get it wet. I know - patience!
I will be fishing the FLW Walleye League event out of Port Clinton, OH on April 12th. As much as I'm looking forward to that, it means I'll have to resist the call of the River jig bite over the next few weeks so I can focus on pre-fishing the Lake. I'll keep you posted on how that works out, so come back often.
Lastly - for those of you who have visited this site in the past, you're well aware that my discipline in keeping it up to date slipped more than I'm proud of last year. I have promised myself that I won't let that happen again this year, so give me another chance if you gave up me in 07.
Tight Lines -
January 1st, 2008 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
July 2nd, 2007 - I fished the FLW Walleye League event out of Linwood, Michigan over the past weekend and continue to be impressed by the numbers and quality of fish in Saginaw Bay. Over three days of fishing - the 28th, 29th and 30th - I caught and mostly released over 100 walleyes. Same presentations as the previous week - spinners, Tots, Spoons and DLR's (see 6/24 report below) but this time we were concentrating on the inner Bay. Most of our fish came in the 20' to 24' depths, but our best ones came in 31 to 34 FOW out beyond the entrance to the shipping channel. This time I finished 21st and just one ounce out of the money after taking a one pound dead fish penalty. No regrets though, I made the cut for the Championship and will be headed to Moline, IL on the Mississippi River in September.
June 24th, 2007 - My partner Pete and I are just back from fishing the Mack's Lure 100 Tournament out of Au Gres, Michigan. We had a great time but failed to distinguish ourselves much as Saginaw Bay experts. A 57th place finish was the best we could do that day! Never the less, we had a great time and caught just a bunch of fish. Spinners on bouncers or in-lines, Deep Little Rippers, Spoons and Hot-N-Tots all caught fish for us. We fished the 30 to 36 foot depths off of Point AU Gres with pretty good success but seemed to do better in the 13 to 16 foot areas between Saganing and Rifle bars. We never really headed North, but also heard of some nice fish coming from that colder, deeper water out past the Islands.
June 10th, 2007 - I fished Saturday and Sunday on Western Lake Erie. I was in the area between the South end of the Banana Dike and Fermi, out nearer the shipping channel in 19 to 21 FOW. We caught boat limits both mornings - mostly on spoon/mini disk combos with a few on cranks as well. The fish on this end seem to be keeping deeper than they normally do - forcing us to use deeper sets to get them to go. Mini disks set 60 to 80 feet behind the boards are taking more fish than the 40 and 50 foot sets that we commonly used last season. Still nice eaters though - go get yourself a box full.
June 2nd, 2007 - I have been fishing the MI waters of the Western Basin now since my last report. The bite out of Bolles Harbor was crazy up to and including the FLW League Tournament I fished there on the 19th. Not a lot of big fish, but limits of eaters were coming in 45 minutes or less on spinners behind bouncers or in-lines. We also caught some fish on spoons and cranks, but the nod went to the real meat for numbers. I have fished the area between the Detroit River and the Fermi plant the past two weekends, and have again found good numbers of fish on spinners, spoons and cranks. They seem more concentrated than in the past, so once you find an active pod - stay on them it doesn't take long to punch your ticket. If you are catching lots of silvers and not many walleyes - MOVE! Usually, once you get on the right pod, 4 out of 5 bites will be eyes. If that's not what you are seeing - keep looking. Color hasn't seemed to matter much - but I tend to fish a lot of red, green, or red/green bead combinations with gold or holographic blades. That's what works for me. As for spoons, anything with a copper back will most likely catch fish, but copper confusion, raspberry dolphin and frankenberry have been consistent for me. There are still a few big fish in that area too. The 8+ pounder in the photo above took a spinner with a gold blade on Memorial Day!
May 13th, 2007 - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! As for the fishing report, the jig bite on the River has slowed down for many of us, but the hand-lining has really picked up over the past week or two. I've also heard reports of good catches coming on spinners and bottom bouncers. I've switched over to all spoons now for hand-lining. The small sizes (1-1/2" to 2" long) in most colors seem to be working but John Sparkman's GSC and Flyin-Tiger have been hot for me. All the usual areas are still holding good numbers of fish but they are becoming a bit fussy at times. (Email me if you don't know what the usual areas are!)
Now is also a good time to take the future anglers out for some fun as the silver bass are in the River in big numbers right now. Casting small jigs or spoons, or drowning live bait are almost certain to provide non stop action for the next few weeks - so "take a kid fishing!"
May 1st, 2007 - The jig bite has been extraordinary on the Detroit River for the past two weeks. If it is within your ability to get out - GO!!! This past Sunday morning we caught walleyes everywhere we fished on virtually every bait we put in the water. Look for cleaner water (but not too clean) - especially along current breaks. For the most part, the fish have been very willing to attack a subtle to moderate presentation. We've seldom found it necessary to snap the jigs aggressively - but don't hesitate to start popping it if the action is slow for you. I have a couple more trips booked in the next two weeks, but will be moving out into the Lake very soon now to start preparing for my next tourney. Stay tuned.
April 21st, 2007 - The fishing has been steadily improving on the Detroit River for several weeks now - and it was nothing short of phenomenal this past weekend. Many anglers were reporting catching 40+ walleyes a day over the entire length of the river. While not quite seeing numbers like that myself - I have been rewarded with at least a limit the last half dozen times I've gone out. Handlining #9 Rapalas, or jigging with 4" worms have both been very productive for me from one end of the river to the other. Color has seemed far less important than boat control and good presentation, but I would give the nod to brighter colors like chartreuse and lime greens - at least the last several outings. I have not yet fished on the Lake this year, but am starting to hear some great reports about the usual locations and patterns beginning to turn on pretty good. I believe most of the MWC field ran out to open water this weekend if that's any indication. If you haven't run the fogging oil out of your rig yet this year your really missing out on something special!
I still have a few open dates for guided trips. Give me a call (734 787-8172) if you want to get out and work on your program - or just catch some fish!
April 1st, 2007 - It's On!!! Detroit River walleye fishing that is. It may be early, but the fish don't seem to mind. All the usual patterns and locations are starting to produce. It looks like it's going to be another great year.
BTW - My tournament opener was a mediocre finish in the standings, but it was great to be back out there; seeing all my many friends, feeling the excitement and promise that goes along with the year's first outings and most of all, feeling that tug on the other end of the line. Life is good again!
March 29th, 2007 - Today will be the first time getting the boat our since early January. I'll be pre-fishing Thursday and Saturday for the FLW League Tournament on Saturday. Check back later to see how we did!
November 19th, 2006 - I haven't been reporting much lately (My Bad), but I have been getting out pretty regularly. If you haven't been, you're missing out! In addition to some great fall fishing in the Huron/Vermillion, Ohio area, my own back yard has been pretty hot too! Lot's of fish are still being caught in the lower Detroit River by hand-liners and long-liners both. Many of these fish are pushing the 10 pound mark.
We have also been doing well trolling out in the Lake. Brest Bay is starting to turn in earnest now. We caught the fish in the photo above this morning less than 3 miles out of Sterling State Park. Diving minnow baits (Bombers, Rogues, Deep Huskies and Reef Runners) trolled between 1.5 and 1.8 mph are doing well. Match the depth to what you see on your graph as these fish tend to move up and down a lot. One other hint - run one bait high all the time. You won't mark those fish in the top 5 or 6 feet of water, but you'll be surprised how often they are there.
If you can stay out of the woods for a day, the fishing is awesome this time of year!
October 22nd, 2006 - We headed down to Vermillion, Ohio over the past weekend to join the fun at the annual Walleye Central Outing, and as always, it was definitely worth the trip. Aside from having a great time catching up with old friends and making some new ones, we managed to get some high quality fishing done as well.
We went down as a group of 8 of us fishing out of three boats. We went out of Huron Friday and Saturday and fished within a 4 mile radius of the River mouth both days. The weather could have been better, but we managed OK. We caught about 60 eyes over the two days with 15 of them in the 7 to 9 pound range and another 25 or 30 in the 4 to 6 pound class. Almost all fish came on deep Reef Runners from 60' to 150' back - depending what we were seeing on sonar - over 35 to 41 FOW. The fish in the photo above are from the Saturday trip.
My thanks to Walleye Central for another great outing, and to the friends who shared it with me.
The Fall fishing in that area should just keep getting better until things ice up. By all means, try to take advantage of it.
Meanwhile - closer to home - I'm starting to get a lot of encouraging reports about the walleye fishing in the Detroit River and Western end of the Lake. Especially Brest Bay! The usual spots and patterns are starting to turn on. I hope to see you out there soon!
Lastly - remember it's duck season now too. We get a much longer season for fishing, so be courteous out there. Also be careful - those layout boats can be very difficult to see!
October 8th, 2006 - Sorry for taking so long to get a new report put up. At least I know some folks are checking it based on all the complaints I've gotten lately! The problem is, I didn't get out fishing for three weeks - and for me that's a big problem!!!
September 4th, 2006 - We headed over to Colchester, Ontario today to have a go at the perch. After finding some fish located on the rock piles just to the SW of the Harbor entrance, we proceeded to enjoy 4 or 5 hours of pretty consistent action. We ended up keeping 77 with an average size of nine or ten inches and a half dozen or so really nice ones. You have to love a morning like that.
August 28th, 2006 - I took a few days off from walleye fishing again - this time to chase salmon over on Lake Michigan. I joined my brother on the "Just Rite" to try our hand in the Gold Coast/Pigeon Lake Lodge 6th annual salmon tournament. We caught some nice fish and were even able to put up a respectable finish (30th out of 94 boats) while having a blast in the process. Over three days of fishing (out of Holland) we caught fish on Dipsies, Downriggers, stealth rigs and lead-core - but on Saturday (tournament day) six of eight hits came on the lead-core, and all but one fish came on dodger/fly combos. 50 to 60 fow early, then out to 80 to 120 fow as the day wore on.
The organizers did a fantastic job with this - low cost/great fun tournament. We hope to be regulars in this one for years to come!
August 20th, 2006 - I fished the Holiday Beach area on the Canadian shoreline Friday evening without much success. (1 walleye and plenty of silvers and undersized smallies for over two hours of work.) Today, I fished a North to South troll starting around N42 01.8 - W083 09.1(Note the screen dump of Saturday's data adjacent.) and working due south nearly 2 miles. We picked up a total of 12 eyes on bottom bouncers and spinners in two passes doing 1.6 to 2 MPH. We couldn't seem to buy a bite on cranks, spoons or inlines and spinners --- only the bottom bouncers went. They also showed a preference today for off colored spinners with white backs. Gold and copper didn't do much. Strange day, but still glad to eat fresh walleye for dinner tonight.
August 13th, 2006 - I've been doing more traveling and home projects than fishing lately, but I did get out last evening for a few hours anyway. We fished the mouth of Lake Erie between Sugar Island and the Detroit River Light for about three hours. We pulled harnesses and spoons from top to bottom in 13 to 15 FOW. We ended up catching 3 modest walleyes and several hundred pounds of grass for our efforts. Still, not a bad evening given the company I had, and the beautiful weather. I chose that area because it is such a short run and I've gotten some decent reports out of there lately. We just need more of a West wind to keep the salad from piling up so much coming out of the River. I'm also hearing the perch are showing up in good numbers out around Sputnik, but so far the size is still on the modest side.
July 30th, 2006 - I've been giving the walleyes a break for the past two weeks, and have been trying my luck at Steelhead fishing instead. I've made two trips to Wheatley, Ontario to sample the phenomenal "Bow" fishing over there. It's incredible!!! Homer showed me the ropes last weekend when we went 10 for 18, then Pete and Randy (left and right above) joined me this weekend when we tried it on our own. We went 12 for about 17 ourselves, but limits were plentiful again. Including by Team Glitter and they'll not let us forget it either!!! Size one dipsies, downriggers and Jets all work well to get spoons into the strike zone. Bright colors (like Double Orange Crush and Blue Dolphin) when the sun is out, and darker colors (like Kevorkian and Dark Red) during low light and overcast are a pretty good bet to start. Anything orange was good this weekend when the sun was up. You can get pretty good up to date info from Gary at Last Chance Tackle just outside the Wheatley Boat Ramp, or the crew at the ramp - who do a great job of managing the traffic there these days as well. This is truly a remarkable fishery and well worth the trip from wherever you are to get to them.
July 19th, 2006 - We snuck out of work an hour early today and headed out on Western Lake Erie again. Same are in the triangle above. We pulled our two man limit on spoons and minis in about an hour, then did some experimenting while catching and releasing for another hour and a half. We hooked six more on Hot-N-Tots and different colored spoons fished tight to bottom at 2+ mph. We couldn't get anything to go high though.
July 15th, 2006 - I got out on the "Just Right" with Randy this evening. We went straight out of Holland and fished in 90' to 110' of water - going 6 for 6 on the Kings. Blue Bubble on a wire line dipsey was our hot bait this trip, pulling 4 of the 6 fish. I'm looking forward to getting a mess of these into the smoker!
July 13th, 2006 - Same location and program as July 11th below. Flatter water, but we still pulled our 20 fish in two passes! Frankenberry, Copper Confusion and Purple Clown were all working today - 50' behind the boards. Give me a call and we'll book your fishing trip!
July 11th, 2006 - I fished the triangle in the map shown above this morning. Waves were worse than forecast - 2' to 4's, but no problem getting out there in the Crestliner. It was a problem for one of my crew though - he was getting kind of green by the time we reached our starting point - I had to take him all the way back in to Lake Erie Metro Park, then make the run back out there. When we finally did get lines set, we made one pass from East to West pulling Scorpions behind mini disks to get our 15 fish. They're still there!
July 8th 2006 - Today we headed down to the area just SE of Middle Sister Island after hearing reports of some better fish going in that area. We fished in Ohio waters from 7:30 to 11:30 AM. Lot's of "eater" sized fish, but nothing over three pounds for us. We used spoons - large and small - on bottom bouncers, mini disks and Jet 40's. Caught fish on everything, but the bottom bouncers seemed most productive today. Copper confusion, Kevorkian and purple clown all worked. Others in the area seemed to be getting more bites on spinners, but the size of the fish being caught was pretty consistent from what I could tell. Another great day on the water!
July 4th, 2006 - Happy Independence Day! - Me and Team Glitter fished in about 23' of water a few miles SE of Stony Point this morning. It wasn't as easy as it has been, but we pulled our 10. The first six came quick on spoons behind mini disks. Then we worked for over two hours to get the next 2! We eventually had to switch over to spinners to get the last two. Blueberry Muffin and Copper Confusion spoons, then red beads and gold blades on the spinners. Still beats yard work!!!
June 30th, 2006 - I went hand-lining with Johnny-B-Good this evening. We pulled 12 fish in just under 2 hours from Canadian waters just South of the Coast Guard station in Amherstberg. Green Clown and GSC were the hot colors on 10' and 20' leads. Most fish came off the inside edge of the 20+ foot deep sub-channel as it tapered up towards shore. A fine evening to be out there too!
June 29th, 2006 - Me and the Goby fished spoons on mini disks in 22 to 24 fow along the Western edge of the West Channel leading up to the Detroit River Light this evening. We hooked over 15 eyes, but only got 9 into the box - decided a limit would not be ours this night and headed in. Fish were going up higher this time. We were running the disks 30' to 37' behind the boards. Copper Confusion was our best color.
June 24th, 2006 - We fished the Holiday Beach area on the Canadian side of the lake this morning with pretty good success. Pulled Stinger Scorpions on Big Jon mini disks 40' to 60' behind the boards over 23 FOW for a two man limit of eaters. Nothing big, but a few nice three pounders in the mix. I also heard reports that the triangle shown above was producing good numbers but you had to fight the weeds to keep your baits in the water. I also heard of some better fish coming off spoons and crawler harnesses out around West Sister. I need to get some chores caught up tomorrow, but plan to hit that area sometime in the next several days.
June 18th, 2006 - I was out Friday evening and again Sunday morning - we hand-lined the Canadian side of the River on both trips. Spikes Spoons and Stinger Scorpions in a variety of colors pulled a two man limit Friday and a three man limit on Father's day. About two hours of fishing on each trip. I didn't get out on the lake, but received numerous reports from those that did. Spoons on mini-disks still seem to be the hot set up but cranks and spinners are taking fish as well. The triangle I have laid out in the photo above contains my plot rails from my last 6 trips out there. I have many solid reports from others fishing the same area as well. I feel this is the best early summer walleye bite we have had in over ten years. I hope you are getting in on some of it!
June 11th, 2006 - I got out Friday evening and again this morning to find the bite is still holding up very well in the Michigan waters of Lake Erie. For both trips, I launched out of Lake Erie Metro Park and made the 8 to 10 mile run to the area between the Banana Dike and Fermi. Both trips we fished in 19 to 21 fow pulling Stinger Scorpions on Big Jon Mini Disks - 40 to 60 feet behind the in-line boards. We caught over twenty on Friday and over thirty today. Both trips included about 3 hours of actual fishing. We are blessed with this bite this year - I hope you have the chance to take advantage of it. BTW - I am offering a summer special on charter trips - click here to check it out! Tight Lines!
June 7th, 2006 - I got out Tuesday night with my Son and a friend and we found the fish still snapping away in Western Lake Erie. I swear they're suicidal! We fish 19 to 20 fow between the Fermi Power plant and the Banana Dike. Scorpion spoons pulled on Big Jon mini disks 40' to 60' behind the Offshore Boards. The past two weeks seem to be giving up the hottest bite we've had in years out here. Go get em!
June 5th, 2006 - I have been on vacation with my bride for a while, so no fishing for me until the past weekend. Michigan waters of Lake Erie are red hot for eaters. Out from the Banana Dike, in front of Fermi, Brest Bay, Stoney Point and out of Bolles are all producing easy limits of 15" up to 21" fish. Hot-N-Tots, spoons on mini disks or jets are working at 2+mph - or spinners with in-lines or on bouncers at 1.1 up to 1.8 mph - you choose - everything is working. If you're marking fish but not getting bit, adjust your speed and depth of presentation until you do get bit. If you're not marking fish - MOVE! It really is that easy. My partner Pete and I caught close to 40 eyes in just over three hours Sunday morning, and we were experimenting with different presentations trying to find something that didn't work.
May 7th, 2006 - We went back to Port Clinton, Ohio today and fished the NE corner of Kelly's Island from about 10:30am to 2:30pm. We ended up with 12 fish between 5 and 10 pounds pulling spinners and 1oz in-lines 45' to 55' behind the boards. We just quartered the wind to run parallel to the shoal at 1.0 to 1.4 mph. I just love that "Big Fish" bite!
May 6th, 2006 - I've been out jig fishing in the Detroit river twice this week. Caught lots of small eaters on plain jigs with 4" brown or black plastic worms. Mudd Is., the Ren-Center and the old Boblo building on the US side were good for me, but reports are the whole system is loaded with these small males right now. Try the Salt Docks on the Canadian side for bigger fish.
April 29th, 2006 - We launched out of Catawba State Park today, and fished mostly between Put-In-Bay (South Bass Is.) and Rattlesnake Is. We ended up with 5 fish weighing about 40 pounds. The largest was 11.5#. All came pulling harnesses on in-line weights or bottom bouncers. 30 FOW, 0.9 to 1.3 MPH, Purple in the morning with red or green beads and metallic spinners in the afternoon worked for us.
April 24th, 2006 - I needed to regain some self respect from the weekend, so my buddy Bob took me out jigging the River for half a day today. We got a total of 7 - including four between 4 and 7 pounds on the Canadian side by the salt docks. We caught some eaters below the BASF wall in Wyandotte. 24 FOW seemed to be most productive, jig and plastic - color didn't seem to matter. Three fish were hooked on stingers - use em!
April 23nd, 2006 - I fished the MWC Tournament this weekend, and all I can say is my report would be about what not to do. In addition to burning a lot of expensive gas - We stunk up the place!
April 15th, 2006 - We fished Lake Erie today out of the Turtle Creek Marina in Ohio. Nice facility and nice people. We ended up fishing North of Niagara Reef near the "C" Can. Pulled reef runners and deep husky jerks for a three man limit - including the one shown above. All of our fish came up high - baits 30' to 40' behind the boards at about 1.5 to 1.7mph. Only two fish under 5 pounds. A great day!
April 10th, 2006 - I've been out a few times now - shaking down the boat and poking around out in the lake mostly. The fishing in the river has been inconsistent so far. Great at times, and non-existent at other times! It's mostly been a jig bite so far, but the hand-liners are now starting to pick up their share too!
Congratulations to Ed Stachowski & Chris Kinzler, as well as Bob Baughman who all finished in the money in the FLW Tour last week. Chris (aka Team Glitter) also cashed a check in the FLW League event the prior weekend. WELL DONE GUYS!!!
March 5th, 2006 - I haven't been out since last December, so I don't have much of a report right now. But things should get going pretty good over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!