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Jan 16, 2023 15:30:30   #
redonhead31 Loc: Central Wisconsin
 
Looking for someone that has fished the River in April. Need someone regards housing and best dates for such a venture. This venture has been on my bucket list for years. I have adequate boat and tackle.Louie

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Jan 16, 2023 17:19:40   #
flyguy Loc: Caledonia, MN. (S.E. MN.)
 
redonhead31 wrote:
Looking for someone that has fished the River in April. Need someone regards housing and best dates for such a venture. This venture has been on my bucket list for years. I have adequate boat and tackle.Louie


Welcome to the Stage, red. I know some of our members have, hopefully, they will step up on the Stage.

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Jan 16, 2023 17:52:21   #
redonhead31 Loc: Central Wisconsin
 
Thanks Fly Guy Looking forward to hearing from any one that has been there and fished the April bite.

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Jan 17, 2023 08:19:38   #
The Outcast Loc: NE Michigan
 
redonhead31 wrote:
Looking for someone that has fished the River in April. Need someone regards housing and best dates for such a venture. This venture has been on my bucket list for years. I have adequate boat and tackle.Louie


redonhead31.
I use to live a 1/2 mile from the lower Detroit river. Fished it for more years than I care to remember. The 1st 2 weeks of April were the best times for me. But all of April is good.
I used to target the spawning females early, just because there are some very big fish caught at that time. Lot of locals get out earlier than that to target spawning females. Weather is iffy in March, along with ice
Floes coming down from the Lakes breaking up. There are lots of guides that work the river. Might be beneficial for you to hire one for a day and get the hang of the area and techniques.. shorten the learning curve.
You might want to check out the
Michigan Sportsman Forums, and look on Deteritriver/Lake Erie dedicated forum.. Tons of info and folks who fish the river…

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Jan 17, 2023 11:13:03   #
redonhead31 Loc: Central Wisconsin
 
Outcast,Thanks One of my biggest concerns,like Port Clinton in spring is finding housing especially with a boat in tow. Thanks for your input.

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Jan 17, 2023 11:56:50   #
The Outcast Loc: NE Michigan
 
redonhead31 wrote:
Outcast,Thanks One of my biggest concerns,like Port Clinton in spring is finding housing especially with a boat in tow. Thanks for your input.


The motels around definitely fill up at that time of year, fisherfolk’s from all over show up.

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Jan 17, 2023 16:54:12   #
Cy brefka Loc: Linwood,Mi.
 
redonhead31 wrote:
Looking for someone that has fished the River in April. Need someone regards housing and best dates for such a venture. This venture has been on my bucket list for years. I have adequate boat and tackle.Louie


Detroit River is good for big walleyes in Apri. Best guide is Cris Milleron,blast and cast charter.sl

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Jan 17, 2023 18:26:16   #
Whaler Loc: Michigan
 
redonhead31 wrote:
Looking for someone that has fished the River in April. Need someone regards housing and best dates for such a venture. This venture has been on my bucket list for years. I have adequate boat and tackle.Louie

There are a number of hotels at I-75 & West rd in Woodhaven and I-75 & Northline rd. in Southgate that cater to walleye fishermen with truck/ boat rigs. They fill up fast. Check the Downriver Walleye Fisherman

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Jan 17, 2023 18:34:10   #
Steve83 Loc: Flint, mi
 
Hi, I now live about an hour from the river after living out of state for 20+ years. What's the best bait/method? Used to be 3/4 Oz Jighead with minnow bouncing the bottom.

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Jan 17, 2023 18:56:46   #
The Outcast Loc: NE Michigan
 
Steve83 wrote:
Hi, I now live about an hour from the river after living out of state for 20+ years. What's the best bait/method? Used to be 3/4 Oz Jighead with minnow bouncing the bottom.


Hasn’t changed much. Depending on water depth, wind and ability to keep line vertical you can go with a lighter jig. Plastics of all kinds are widely used, lots of fisherman use stinger hooks as well, especially early in season.

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Jan 18, 2023 09:50:36   #
Steve83 Loc: Flint, mi
 
Thanks. I do remember now that we did use stinger hooks.

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Jan 19, 2023 09:29:22   #
The Outcast Loc: NE Michigan
 
Steve83 wrote:
Thanks. I do remember now that we did use stinger hooks.


Steve.. there is also a small but mighty group of anglers who only hand line the Detroit River. Year in/year out these fisherman just hammer the walleyes. In local tournaments that I have been involved in, (years ago)they were top producers. Their method of fishing keeps the bait/lures right in the walleyes face almost 100% of the time. Wind does not affect the presentation as much as it does jig fisherman, especially higher winds. .. This method was the only way to go years ago. They catch all manner of species with this technique as well.
Steelhead, salmon, trout, bass, muskies, etc..

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Jan 19, 2023 15:24:38   #
redonhead31 Loc: Central Wisconsin
 
Whaler Your response is what I was hoping to find on this thread.

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Jan 24, 2023 14:26:35   #
Captain Nick Loc: Ecorse, Michigan
 
redonhead31 wrote:
Looking for someone that has fished the River in April. Need someone regards housing and best dates for such a venture. This venture has been on my bucket list for years. I have adequate boat and tackle.Louie


The bucket list trip is approaching soon. You guys will limit out in around an hour or less. There will be plenty of boat traffic though your guide will be proficient in navigating through. One of the hottest colors in minnow plastics is (pimp daddy). Purples, motor oil, and naturals including blacks are fire. Jig heads 3/4 oz. - 1 oz. with cycle hooks are deadly in chartreuse, black, brown, combo swirl colors. The time of the year that you will be floating is such a HOT bite that almost everything will get bit. Another overlooked presentation you should try is pulling crankbaits medium to deep divers like reef runners and flicker shads. You will get the most action jigging the bottom like 95% of the boaters so those other techniques are good afrer you limit or making your way back the the start of your jigging drift. Good Luck, Tight Lines, stay posted!

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Jan 24, 2023 21:17:43   #
redonhead31 Loc: Central Wisconsin
 
Thanks Capt. Nick I'm working on housing and a boat partner.

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