We just finished shooting a trophy walleye TV show on the Detroit River, La Salle, ON with our good friend Pat Pagano who is the founder and director of the ICHA Handicapabe Fishing Derby. Mike Atkins was on hand to operate the camera boat. Conditions were a little better than yesterday and our main fishing area was just off Mud Island in the Detroit River, Michigan, USA.
[nggallery id=700]Skies were overcast and they were calling for a major storm to hit by noon. We were fortunate enough to catch all of our fish before the rain. My wife Barbara landed two nice walleye jigging on the bottom and fishing the new Rapala Saphine baitcating combo loaded with the new Sufix 832 “ghost” colored braided line. Pat landed several walleye using the Rapala Shift Rod and Rap reel. I tested the new Rapala Concept Ti rod and Rapala Shift reels and also used the Sufix 832 in the new “yellow” color. The bright colored Sufix braid made it easy to detect when our jigs contacted the bottom and when we had fish on. We ended-up landing 8-10 walleye ranging in size from 16″-27″ in about 6hr. of fishing. We were forced to fish the Michigan, USA side since the water had about 2′ visibility, while the Canadian side only had 6″ of visibility.
The 16′ River Hawk boat powered by a 50 hp. Yamaha 4-stroke and rigged with a Minn Kota Terrova 80 lb. thrust and bow/console Humminbird sonars enabled us to stay on top of schools of walleye in 20-35′ of water.
We caught all our fish on jigs with stinger hooks and rigged with 4″ TriggerX plastic worms. We used the new Sufix 832 lines in the “ghost & yellow” color in 10 lb. test. We had to work for our fish, but ended up capturing some excellent walleye jigging action and giving viewers some great walleye river fishing tips.