[nggallery id=701]We took advantage of brigth skies, light winds and headed out from Amherstburg, ON to the Michigan-side of the Detroit River to fish fast-water structure breaks for walleye, pike and bass.
My wife Barbara & I, our pup Mulligan and our guest Mike Atkins started off fishing boulder shorelines cranking Storm Thunder Craw crankbaits in 2-4′ of water with a 4-5 mph current and my wife Barbara tied into the first chunky walleye that inhaled her Thunder Craw and fought hard in the fast current. Next, we fished big flat just off the edge of the main Detroit River, Michigan, USA current where the bottom went up and down from 4-12′ for about 1/2 mile. To fish this area properly we fished the new Storm Rattlin’ Thin Fin’s and Mike immediately tied into the next walleye, another chunky 4 lb. fish. From there we fished fast-dropping island shorelines with the Rapala Dives To Thug & Storm Rattlin’ Thin Fin and landed both trophy lagemouth bass & pike.
This was the first time I had cranked fast-water conditions with lot’s of structure and it turned out to be very effective. I have to give most of the credit to our guides Mike Atkins and Pat Pagano and our fully rigged River Hawk 16′ boat. Talk about an excellent, affordably prices package that let’s you fish anywhere Our Minn Kota Terrova 80 lb. thrust worked great in the fast current and the two Humminbird Sonars (300 & 500 series), kept us on the fish. Our Yamaha 50 hp., 4-stroke outboard moved us at about 35 mph and used very littl fuel.
We had a great time and look forward to more fiming on the Detroit River when we go back to cover the ICHA Handicapable Fishing Derby the weekend of June 2/3, 2012.