5-14-23 Detroit River Fishing Report
Day 3 of 3 was right on par with the first 2 days. It was an exceptional day as well. We got our walleye limit and chased other species afterwards. The report is below.
5-14-23 Report - Lower Detroit River - Day 3
We left the slip around 6:30am and were greeted with a stiff 15-20 mph NE wind. This made fishing much more difficult. None the less, we were ready for battle and headed out for some jig fish. We set up in 15' of water and started popping fish right away. The same color combo proved to remain best for us on day 3. A 3/4 purple jig with the Black N Silver Split Tail Minnow was best. The color Barney was also doing well. The early morning bite was better today than the day before. We racked up half our limit pretty quickly. The bite slowed as the morning moved on and battling the wind was getting old fast. The most productive area we had been fishing was in a wide open, exposed area to this wind, so there was no hiding from it. We pulled out the bottom bouncing setups and knew we could make quick work of it with these rigs and it's much easier to fish in that wind. Right away the action was on. Brass Hammer Eye-Slammer Harnesses were hot again. These were paired with 2 oz bottom bouncers again as the previous day. We were going with the current down river at 2.3 - 2.6 mph. We did best in 17'-19' of water. The main channel of the river was up to 59 degrees. It didn't take long to finish off our walleye limit. We are running real nightcrawlers on the harnesses. We have tried plastics and other worm imitations over the years and nothing beats the real thing. We ran back to the slip to clean the walleye and then headed back out a little later to chase bass. Just like the previous day, the bass action was red hot and we caught a ton of fish in a short amount of time before heading back home. The same Venom Spinnerbaits for largemouth and Venom Tubes for smallmouth were the ticket.