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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Always Maintain a Camping Checklist

Few things are more enjoyable than getting your family together and spending quality time for a few days outdoors on a camping trip. You may be very eager to get away however it is important that you plan and prepare everything in advance. You may never know what nature has in store for you and good preparation will make that a no worry issue.

That is why every camper should have a camping checklist with them before leaving for the outdoor experience. Feel free to use the one below as a starter list.

Below is an extensive campering checklist that can be personally categorized into categories similar to:
Camping  – Personals Camping essentials – Camp fire – Sleeping system – First aid kit – Children and baby supplies – Clothing Kitchen – utensils and gas appliances
Camping tent equipment – tent, ground sheet, mallet, spare pegs, spare poles, spare ground sheet, peg extractor, fabsil (tent reproofer), shock cord repair kit and tent repair kit.
General essentials – driver’s license, ID card, money, GPS or compass, map, pocket knife, binoculars, flashlights, battery packs, bulbs, lantern, water, canteen, rope, radio, camera, lots of films, clothesline, clothespin, foldable table, lounge chair and clock.
Personals – grooming and hygiene kit such as tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, towels, insect repellant, soap, deodorant, sun block, lip balm, comb, sunglasses, toilet paper and a trusty sewing kit
Sleeping gear – sleeping bags, camp beds, mattress or camper mat, pillows, air bed and pump, blankets and air bed repair kit.
Clothing – a cozy pair of shirt and sweat pants, gloves, jackets, sweater, thermals, hiking boots, sneakers, sandals, socks of varying thickness, underwear, wellies, fleece, swimsuits, pajamas, tank tops, hats and bandannas. Not to mention waterproof jackets and trousers.
Children and baby supplies – for babies, baby food, milk, diapers and baby wipes, pacifier, bottles, bibs, spoons, blankets, high chair, play pen, stroller, stuffed toys, tub and books. For toddlers, games for rainy days and for traveling, pencils, crayons, papers bucket and shovel, kites and frisbees.
Camp fire checklist – matches, wood, shovel, axe, kindling, newspaper, extinguisher and campfire permit.
Kitchen utensils and cooking supplies – food container, insulator for frozen food, pots and pans, thermos, aluminium foil, fuel, stove, matches or lighter, disposable utensils, dish towels, bottle and can opener, knife, trash bags, zip lock bags, mugs, bowls, coffee pot, spatula, dish soap, table cloth and skewers for campfire barbequing or marshmallow toasting.
First aid kit supplies – medicines for flu, fever, headaches, stomach ulcer and allergy. Band aids, antiseptics and antibiotic cream for wound. Tweezers to take out splinters. Pocket tissues are advisable.
Before leaving home checklist – lock all doors and windows, turn off all lights and appliances such as television and computer, hold all mail, water the garden, adjust the thermostat and make pet arrangements.
The above camp checklist should be used as a guide. Use it and add to it. Modify it so that is is more fully tailored to your particular needs. Keep it stored with your camping equipment so it will be easy to locate the next time you go camping..

Finding the right Camp Stove

If you like to cook when you go camping, getting the right camping stove is very important. Some of you may have some terrifying experiences with those early monsters. They were prone to flare ups, leaks and failed to stay lit. The modern day camp stove differs so much that they make it fun to cook even when doing it the outdoor way.

They have self starters (push button) flame controls and self cleaning fuel-jets. The greatest thing is that competition has kept the price of camp stoves down so you can purchase a camp stove at an economical price.
When comparing liquid gas and compressed gas (propane) Camp stoves you will see they both can be bought with their own set of fearures and controls. You have to decide what works for you. Cartridge stoves are generally lighter and more maintenance free. Some like cartridge stove because they simmer better then liquid gas stoves.
 On the other side liquid gas stoves are less expensive and they are more environmentally friendly, there is no cartridge to discard. Liquid gas stove also burn hotter.
Camp stoves range from about twenty dollars for a single burner compressed gas stove to about two hundred dollars for a twin burner that can use multiple fuels. When you make the decision that you need a new stove these are some things to consider before buying.
First you need to consider what type of camping you are going to do such as backpacking, car and tent, camper, and then what type of camping environment you will be exposed to. This will determine if you need a light weight stove, how much space can be allotted to it andwhat type of fuel will be best.
 A liquid gas double burn is great for the car and camper but it may be two heavy for long distance backpacking and hiking. A canister stove will be lighter but may take up more room even after the canister is empty. You also need to find out what kind of fuel is readily available in the area you are going to be camping.
Lighting your gas camp stove is very important. Although many stoves utilize push button lighting features you need to be prepared with matches and or a lighter.
You need to keep in mind the climate you will be in. A liquid gas stove will have a stronger flame and will resists wind and moderate rain.
You will need to check the accessories that come with the stove, things like wind screen and adaptors for different fuels. You may want to consider carrying along a repair kit. Higher quality camp stoves usually include a repair kit of commonly needed parts.
In camping, weight is always a consideration. Camp stoves typically weigh anywhere from one to five pounds. If you plan to backpack,you may want a lighet camp stove than you could manage easily in a camper.

How much will you expect from your camp stove? Will you want to just boil water or do you want to cook a full meal. A single burner propane stove will be all you need for that. If you want to fry eggs and pancakes at the same time a double burner liquid gas stove will work better.
It might be noted that for safety reasons you should not use any cook stove in a tent. They can catch fire easily and will also fill small enclosed spaces with carbon monoxide fumes. You should only use your stove in a well ventilated area. Camping stoves are a great way to enhance your camping experience

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