Walleye & Perch Action – Eastern Basin, Lake Erie

Posted on March 31st, 2009
Mike Atkins shows off a chunky "early-Spring", Detroit River walleye.

Frank DeAngelis from La Salle, ON reports that the walleye are starting to move-in along the Michigan, US side of the Detroit River and anglers are starting to catch fish in higher numbers in front of the steel plants across from the north tip of Fighting Island.  Top presentation has been vertical jigging right on the bottom using a 1/2 oz. jig with a 4″ plastic worm grub.  The walleye are holding on the 17-27′  structure break off the shoreline.    Anglers are also having excellent success catching jumbo perch out of Colchester Harbor, Lake Erie.  Best presentation is fishing a “pickerel-rig”, or a “drop-shot” rig with live minnows near the bottom.

As the water temperature warms-up, more walleye will work their way up from Lake Erie and will hold throughout the river.  If you are planning to fish the Detroit River anytime soon, make sure to also check the water clarity.  Strong winds on Lake Huron and on Lake St. Clair can really muddy-up the Detroit River water clarity which makes walleye fishing much more difficult.

When water clarity is normal in the Detroit River, natural colored 4″ plastic worms work excellent as a plastic trailer on the jig.  If water clarity is murkier, try using a larger, bigger profile plastic grub such as a 4 1/2″ Finesse Minnow, or 3-4″ Twister Tail grub.

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