Saturday, April 25, 2015

Detroit River Fishing-Still Good But Slowing Down

According to the people that fish it regularly, the Detroit River is one-of-a-kind. "We have a world-class fishery here," tournament angler Bob Luellen said.
"The Detroit River is always good," former touring pro Mark Sak said. "I admire those guys that go out and handling," he added.
According to Sak, "There's a secret about the Detroit River. It's phenomenal after dark." Just be sure you know where you are at and where you are going. The river isn't a place to take chance or get caught with little or no experience.
These past several weeks have yielded many catches of fish in the nine-pound- plus range. Those five-pounders and "eater size" are barely getting any recognition.
Even though the spawn is over for the most part, there are still fish in the river. Catching them is another thing.
"There are so many white bass that for every walleye you hook, you catch 100 white bass," Sak said.
But this time of year, other seasons; trout, bluegills, bass, salmon and other species are beginning to bite.
A great way to gain both experience and confidence for fishing the river is to get out and practice. Launch in one of the many inland lakes then tool around with the trolling motor to get the feel of using it and concentrating on your electronics.
Granted, you won't be dealing with a fast current, but at least you'll get some time in the operation mode.
Ask someone who fishes the river regularly to go with you in your boat, allowing you to be the operator.
That way, you'll get on-the-spot corrections and advice while learning at the same time. The Detroit or St. Clair River systems are no place to be for beginners.
Dealing with boat and freighter traffic, waves and wind are just some of the problems. You must be on constant watch for debris; large logs, barrels, stumps and about anything else you can imagine, floating down bound.
Get your boat inspected courtesy of the Oakland County Sportfishing Club on May 20 at Oakland County Sportmens Club, correct any issues then get your boat in the water!
Nick DeShano of Offshore Tackle, holding a huge crappie. Contributed photo

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