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    If you have a fairly decent boat, a decent bow mount trolling motor and a graph that will give you an accurate reading of depth, you can fish the Detroit River. Mid April will put you right in the middle of the spawn and there should be plenty of 18"-20" males along with some big hens. Later than that and you'll start running into the white bass but that can be fun, too. Last spring me and Steve limited on walleye in about 90 minutes then pulled into a canal and caught probably 75-100 white bass in just over an hour, most around 14" and full of fight. Plus if you ice them down and clean them right they eat real good.

    I use a 6' Berkley Bionics medium action rod, Abu Garcia reel and 6lb Fireline tied direct to a 3/4 oz jig and tip it with a 4" rubber worm, usually in green pumpkin, watermelon or different shades of dark red. That's just me, ask 100 guys and you'll get 100 different answers. Sometimes I use stinger hooks, sometimes I don't. Some tie to a swivel and use a flouro leader, I never saw a difference in the bite. Again, that's just me.

    As far as location, Elizabeth Park area is popular. Launch there, head downstream under the bridge and start jigging as soon as you hit the deeper water. It's a snaggy son of a gun so you WILL lose jigs. If you can fish it mid week you'll save yourself some aggravation. The weekend brings out the crowds and also more knuckleheads.

    Let us know when you're coming and I'm sure we can meet up and you can fish with one of us or follow us out and we'll show you the ropes.
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    WOW great replies from a great group of guys here! Thank you! If this idea pans out I will surely be asking more questions and looking to see if I could cross paths with some of you. Thanks again.
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    I think I am heading up there to fish with you guys, my kind of folks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by trypman1 View Post
    I think I am heading up there to fish with you guys, my kind of folks!!
    X2!!


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    Come on up for our spring camp June 7-9.
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    We can get a flotilla of boats in the river. I'm game to join in on this action.

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    I went up there blind a few years back and did quite well without needing a guide. What I found is that the fish are so abundant, everyone is willing to help you catch them. On the river itís easy to find the crowds in the top spots. On the lake, folks were more than happy to give good coordinates, and we were thankful for them. Good luck.


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    You need to know the river or have a good map loaded in your graph. There are places with mid river reefs that can eat your lower unit for lunch. Wyondotte down isn't too bad but north of Grosse Isle can be nasty. And then there are the freighters to watch out for. Other than that, it's easy.
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    There are some no wake stretches upper river and on the east side of Gross Isle. Also some shallow spots below calf island and above celeron island.

    The biggest issue for most new comers is learning boat control. Jig size can very based on depth too but, lb for lb, 3/4 oz will get it done everwhere.

    I do a ton of testing and there are years I didn't use stingers and years I did. In the end, the outcome has always been tge same. Only during the very early part of the year do I take live bait. Majority of the time it isn't needed. I've caught them on 10 cent plastics and 10 dollar plastics.
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    Sounds like fun


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