Walleyes in the Detroit River

By: Daniel Eggertsen

Walleye are a tasty fish that are rather challenging to catch. They are a creature of habit and avoid certain areas like the plague. Some of these areas that they tend to stay away from are bright areas and open water. At least until the sun goes down. The walleye is very light sensitive and prefers cloudy days as well as dusk and dawn to hunt for their food. You can generally find these fish at the bottom of the river as well as in shallow gravely beds and tall grasses. One of their favorite hiding spots is also in rock formations.

You can fish for the walleye in almost any river all over the world; however, one of the best places to fish for these tasty morsels is in the Detroit River. The Detroit River offers many opportunities to catch the walleye and many other types of fish year round. There are many people that believe that all that they have to do is drop a line in the water and all of the hungry fish will jump for it. This is not true of the walleye or any other fish necessarily. Sometimes it can just be the luck of the draw.

When fishing for the walleye in the Detroit River or any other river, you need to remember their habits. The best time to catch these fish is during the early morning or dusk or in the evening hours. This will insure that they are mobile and hungry. You will need to use live bait as this fish does not respond well to artificial bait. And you will need to use fluorescent or shimmery lures.

Because these fish are light sensitive, this will attract their attention.
There is additionally one other very important thing that you will want to remember, and that is to pay attention, you will obtain the best catches of walleye if you spend a little bit of time investigating your surroundings. I am sure that you are thinking as to what you should be paying attention to. I know, there is nothing but water around you right?

Wrong. In this water, you have a mouth to the river in which the food for the walleye will pool. These are the minnows. They will meet at the water mouth and just hang out there; the walleye will additionally stay there and feed on them. Then you will need to pay attention to the longer grasses and rock formations under the water. Your depth finder can assist you with this. Also locate and target the gravel beds as well. Remember, the walleye will stay as close to the bottom of the water as possible. If you follow these tips, then your fishing trip can be positive on the Detroit River.

There are several areas of this river system that generally produce big catches every year. They are the Trenton channel, the Ecorse channel and the river coming in from Lake Erie. Because the water is fairly murky in these areas, there are several colors that you will really want to use with your jigs here.

Fishing Guide
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 

» More on Fishing Guide
 



Share this article :
Click to see more related articles