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Walleye Fishing 

Lake St. Clair, Detroit River, St. Clair River

Detroit River Jigging

Catching walleye during spawning season

As winter turns into spring and baseball's spring training comes to a close, another annual event is just beginning in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers - the walleye spawning season. Schools of walleye swim into the rivers, preparing for their annual ritual. Among them are numerous fish that are perfect for the table, and even some of the giants that the Great Lakes are known for.

The predominant method for catching walleye during this season is jigging. With a variety of colors available, finding the right color combination for the day is crucial to filling the livewell with a plentiful catch. Jigging is a technique that requires patience and skill, but can be highly rewarding for anglers who are successful in their efforts.

Summer Casting

As July arrives, summer season is in full swing

During these months, walleye can be found in the weed beds of the lake, waiting for an easy meal to swim by. Anglers can utilize a variety of lures for this approach, but finding the right one is key to landing a successful catch. The fight is sportier than during the spawning season and there may even be a few smallmouth bass mixed in.

It is important to note that even during the summer season, walleye can be just as tasty as long as they are kept on ice. With the right technique and gear, anglers can enjoy a delicious catch throughout the summer months.

Overall, the Detroit River offers exciting opportunities for anglers throughout the year, with different methods and techniques needed for different seasons. Whether it is jigging during the spawning season or casting during the summer, walleye provide anglers with an unforgettable experience. By understanding the unique challenges and techniques required for each season, anglers can prepare their gear and increase their chances of success.

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Waterbody

Michigan Regulations

Ontario Regulations

Ohio Regulations

  • Six fish per day

  • Open all year

  • 15" size limit

  • Three rods per angler

  • Six fish per day

  • Open all year

  • No size limit

  • Two lines/boat angler

       (Lake St. Clair)

N/A

  • Six fish per day

  • Open all year

  • 15" size limit

  • Three rods per angler

  • Six fish per day

  • Open all year

  • No size limit

  • One line angler

N/A

  • Six fish per day

  • Open all year

  • 15" size limit

  • Three rods per angler

  • Six fish per day

  • Open all year

  • No size limit

  • Two lines/boat angler

  • Six fish per day

  • Open all year

  • 15" size limit

  • Three rods per angler

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