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Fishing Report Detroit River March 21 2012

Jigging Walleye in Detroit River – Fishing Report

jigging-walleye-Detroit-RiverI am happy to say that jig fishing for walleye on the Detroit River has begun already. This latest round of fantastic weather has brought out the boats and walleye are making their way down the Detroit River. This is a welcome change from the disastrous weather last year that pretty well destroyed the season for the average angler. Fish were caught last year in a few locations that offer the chance in poor conditions but it required much water travel and the discomfort of bad weather.

I personally fished Monday (March 20) and Tuesday and with my grandson. We managed to boat 7 real nice walleye on Monday. The biggest was a spawned out female measuring 29 inches long.

Monday we pretty well fished the day just out of LaSalle in what we call the “Salt Mine Drift”. With conditions perfect and water extremely clear, I stick to natural colors. That meant I used a white jig head and a natural color finesse nminnow (black, gray, white) or a 4″ brown rubber worm.

Pretty well repeated the same on Tuesday – 7 walleye and great conditions. The fishing is not fast and furious yet but this is the earliest I have caught walleye on the Detroit river.

Caught 4 females in the 2 days and they were spawned out completely. I covered a little more territory Tuesday going up-river from LaSalle as far as the freighter refuelling station (near the Ambassador bridge). It was a day of just steady fishing and occasional catching but sure has been a great start to the season. I will likely be off the river for a few days now.

 

Tips Jigging Walleye in Detroit River

Tips – Success Jigging Walleye in the Detroit River

Jigging Walleye Detroit RiverCatching walleye in the Detroit River can be a challenge for some newcomers to the game. I have seen some fishermen go fishing someone with a little knowledge and experience and catch fish immediately. They then try it on their own, sometimes with little success. The game appears (and it is) quite simple and straight forward. The few little important details need to followed precisely.

Boat control must top the list. Most river jiggers prefer boats with low profiles and low wind resistance that are finely controlled with electric trolling motors. This allows the fisherman to resist the wind and current at exactly the level required so that when you are jigging, your fishing line remains vertical and you can easily maintain contact with the bottom. If you lose contact with bottom, chances are good that your line is drifting away from you. Reel in and start fresh. YOU ARE OUT OF THE GAME IF YOU ARE NOT VERTICAL JIGGING!

Jig selection is a topic that will create debate. I will present my view. You are going to hear many of the best jiggers out there telling you that you must use a small jig. (3/8 ounce) I am going to tell you that I have caught more fish than those fisherman on occasions using a 1 ounce jig. Many new fishermen I provide either 3/4 or 1 ounce jigs and they catch fish. If a person is unable to maintain bottom contact and know for sure where his jig is, he is lost and out of the game. A heavier jig may get dropped quicker by the fish but if you need that heavier jig to get you hits, go with it. Don’t be intimidated into fishing something that doesn’t work for you.

Another topic for discussion will be bait. Some guys carry live minnows all the time. They catch fish. I haven’t used live minnows for several years now. I catch a lot of nice fish. Do what you do best! I prefer rubber worms or rubber minnows. Use realistic looking worms that fall to the bottom quickly. Colors vary with conditions but in ideal conditions I would start with a natural color (brown for worms, black/white for minnows)

Use stinger hooks. Again, many of the good fishermen out there won’t do this. Seems to be an ego thing?? I guarantee those stingers are going to get you some fish you would have otherwise missed.

USE BRAIDED LINE. It doesn’t stretch and provides maximum feel. Don’t even bother going without it.

I think most guys prefer short stiff fishing rods (med heavy) and quality reels. You need the best drag system you can get. (fast retrieve is a plus)

Fish the cleanest water you can find that holds fish.

Jigging methods vary from something akin to snagging to short delicate movement. I prefer to WALK THE BOTTOM jigging up and down slowly only about 6 inches and setting the hook immediately at any indication of a hit. Bring the fish up quickly. Putting on the TV show and playing with them, will lose fish. Set fast, and reel fast!

That’s about all you need to know. Follow everything I have said to the letter and I promise you – you will catch fish!!!!!!

 

Fishing Report Detroit River and Lake Erie

Jigging Walleye in the Detroit River

Walleye Fishing Detroit River

Detoit River Walleye

I expect to get out on the Detroit River fishing for walleye in the next week. I’m just looking for a few days where the wind is favorable to clearing up the water. Clean water is a key component to success when jigging the Detroit River for walleye in the spring. It is not unusual to see one shoreline clear and blue and the opposite shore with murky water so having a fishing licence for Michigan and Ontario is beneficial.

With the river ice free quite early, it bodes well for a long season on the river and odds are better that we will see several perfect days with light winds and clear blue water. When that happens, a lot of fish get caught. I prefer fishing out of LaSalle because there are so many locations nearby that consistantly produce fish.

Should be some good news VERY SOON!

Southeast Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Lake Erie: A few walleye have been caught in Ohio waters near the Maumee River when trolling crank baits. Pike and panfish were caught near the Metro Park Marina.

Huron River: Is producing some bigger steelhead as well as walleye near Flat Rock. Try small jigs with hair or twister tails.

Detroit River: Boat anglers are looking for the walleye run to start but few have caught fish. Some are fishing between Wyandotte and the Edison Plant. A few pike and perch were caught in and around Gibraltar.

Lake St. Clair: Wind and rain has muddied up the waters. The ramps are open but the docks were not in so launching or retrieving a boat will be difficult.

Lexington: Guys with waders were launching boats and catching a mix of lake trout, coho and brown trout. The near shore waters were a bit murky from all the wind.