Walleye Fishing Archives

Walleye – Erie North Shore

Guys are starting to catch walleye west of Leamington dock. Most reported at 24 feet of water and shallower. This is pretty early in the season for this action and bodes well for the upcoming season. Most guys are pulling harnesses or bottom bouncers very slowly.

Anyone interested in local waypoints can email me and I will be glad to help you out.


Fishing Western Lake Erie

Fishing Western Lake Erie
Fishing Western Lake Erie News
Fishing Western Lake Erie

Fishing Western Lake Erie

Fishing in Canadian waters of Western Lake Erie is starting to pick up steam now. Walleye fishing near Pelee Island has been good with lots of large fish showing up. The NE corner has been good in about 25′ water. Mainland – Colchester area heating up for walleye and perch.

Leamington area – good perch fishing about 8 miles south and walleye starting to show up in 24 feet of water. This is pretty early for walleye in Leamington so the the signs offer hope for a great season.

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Fishing Western Lake Erie

Those of us living near the Western Basin of Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St Clair region may well be situated at the center of the best freshwater fishing in the world. You will be hard pressed to find better smallmouth bass fishing than available in this great region with all it’s rocky shoreline, open water reefs and islands and great spawning areas. The yellow perch population has made a very remarkable turn around in the past 5 years.

This only leads into the best news. The walleye fishing in Western Lake Erie is now represented by huge numbers of walleyes and several year classes will be caught on any given day.

The significance of this is that there exists better chance to maintain breeding year classes in the foreseeable future. To the un-educated, a day of fishing that produces big boxes of all large fish, may seem a good thing. To the knowledgeable fisherman that fact would be alarming. Big fish are really satisfying to catch, but if you don’t see any small fish, the future of the species may well be in danger. Fortunately recent years have been represented by good numbers of young fish in the daily catch and that bodes well for a few years at least.

The walleye run in the Detroit River during spring can be extremely successful for the fisherman that masters it. This can start the fishing for the year with large numbers of walleyes ranging from heavy monsters during the early part of the season to large numbers of younger fish in late April and May. The key to this fishing is controlling the effects of wind and current. Boat control is KEY to success. When you learn to manage your boat so that perfect vertical jigging is possible, a number of baits will get a positive response from these fish. Nearly of equal importance is water clarity. It is extremely difficult to catch fish in dirty water. The angler should search out the cleanest water of the day and work it to find and catch fish. Water clarity is generally most affected by wind direction and wind strength. Quite often one side of the river will be clean and one side will be dirty. On days when the water is crystal clear everywhere in the Detroit River, prepare for a fun day.

Walleye fishing in the main part of Western Lake Erie starts to come on stronger about Mid June, although weather conditions determine the speed and direction of the movements of the large schools of post spawn walleye. In General these large schools move out of the spawning areas of the south and west part of the basin. They move north in large schools and they turn east when nearing the Canadian shallows. They prefer to nose into the current so extended winds in any particular direction do influence the speed and movement of these schools. For a great day by one of the most knowledgeable and successful walleye fishermen on western Lake Erie, you might contact John Sims who has operated Chante Charters out of Kingsville Ontario for many  years.

This isn’t all of the good news for this area though. Musky fishing in Lake St. Clair is rated as good as any worldwide. Numbers are very good and many big fish are caught by the experienced anglers on nearly a daily basis. If you want a good day fishing and you want to fish with a charter captain that understands these fish, contact Bob Devine who operates Chartertalk Fishing Guide Service.

Now we come to what may arguably be the most addictive fishing we have the opportunity to experience. For several years now, deeper waters east of Point Pelee have offered us simply world class rainbow trout fishing. These fish are exciting to catch and are found in large numbers usually showing up about mid July. Methods of fishing range from wire line, downriggers and using dipsy divers. Fish will even be taken utilizing planer boards and crankbaits. They feed heavily on baitfish. Look for a big school of baitfish and then fish through that school and stay with it. You will catch fish when the fish are feeding (which is often for these fish) and you work the bait fish.

This is only a summary of the great fishing available in the Wheatley to Windsor fishing zone but I hope it wets your appetite. Good luck fishing and “Tight Lines”



2008 Fishing Western Lake Erie

It has been a bit of an odd year fishing on the waters of Western Lake Erie. The walleye just did not move into the Canadian mainland waters in a typical fashion. A long extended run did not materialize along Leamington, Kingsville and Colchester. Although there were some spotty great walleye fishing days in these areas, the fish seemed to hold up in the Pelee Island areas where western Lake Erie walleye fishing seemed to reach a much more successful level.

Some nice walleye fishing occurred east of Point Pelee although these days were spotty as well. The rainbow trout fishing was great in the waters east of Point Pelee.

Unfortunately we now find ourselves in the reriod of our fishing the north shore of western Lake erie fishing where walleye fishing typically slows down for the year. Who knows though, this may surprise us with something unusual as well and provide us with some late season bonuses.


Spring Walleye Fishing

Fishing Walleye – Detroit River and Western Lake Erie

Spring Walleye Fishing

Spring Walleye Fishing

The walleye season is fully underway now in the Detroit River. The weather is going to be the key to the fisherman’s success. Although fish are spread the length of the Detroit River from Lake St Clair right down to Lake Erie, water conditions have not been good. It is always very challenging when jigging walleye, to pull then from dirty water. Recent wind activity has made boat control a bit more difficult and has caused the water to be dirty in some popular areas. Some very nice fish have been caught from cleaner water and there have been reports of walleye up to 13.6 pounds.

Several consecutive days of nice warm weather and low winds will really
accelerate the catch rates now. Popular areas to fish include Peche Island,
Belle Isle, The Ren Cen, Ambassador Bridge, Hiram Walkers, Windsor Casino, Great Lakes Steel, Morton Terminal, Windsor Salt Mine, Fighting Island, Mud Island, BASF, and the Trenton Channel, just to name a few of the favourite holes.

This hot spring walleye fishing continues on right out into the mouth of Western Lake Erie where big water fishermen will find considerable success with the hungry post spawn walleye.

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Fishing Western Lake Erie

Fishing Western Lake Erie

Fishing Western Lake Erie

Fishing Western Lake Erie

It would be very difficult to argue with the statement that anyone living in the area of Western Lake Erie benefits from some of the best freshwater fishing in the world.
Smallmouth bass fishing is very productive along the rocky shorelines and out around the mid lake islands and reefs.
The yellow perch has made a remarkable turnaround. It has developed into a targettable fishery now.
Walleye stocks are currently safe and comfortable for a few years but constant mangement will be required to manage the stocks through the low spawn classes.
Musky fishing over in Lake St Clair is difficult to surpass anywhere in North America.
The walleye fishing in the Detroit River in spring is extremely productive and gets us going early in the fishing year.
And last but not least we must mention the addictive rainbow trout fishing that comes on, in about mid to late June in the waters east of Point Pelee.
Is there anyplace in North America that make these claims?


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