The Detroit River Spring Walleye Report: April 27, 2009

David McClureCorrespondent IApril 28, 2009

Monday April 27

The annual spring walleye run is approaching the mid point and the fishing is excellent. On good days clients are able to limit out but not much more. The water temperature has been slightly below average but that should change quickly with the warm spell that is passing. Most fish are done spawning and now have put the feedbag on to recover from the long winter and spawning activities.

Ideal tackle right now consists of spinning gear, a six foot medium action fishing rod with fast action, and eight pound Berkeley Fireline or equivalent braid. The lighter line cuts through the water better providing better lure action and increased sensitivity to strikes.

Jon has been having success with a 4” Berkeley Power Worm in the Bold Bluegill color on 3/8 or ½ ounce jig heads. Fish can be found in water anywhere from 11 to 33 feet deep. It’s important to keep the presentation vertical to get the most bites.

The warm weather should cause the fishing to get better this week. This weekend should be really good if the rain holds off. Walleye numbers should be on the rise and limits should remain easy to get.

This river report is from captain Jon Bondy, Bassmasters Pro and Guide on the Detroit River, Lake Erie, and Lake St. Clair. You can contact him or book a trip here:

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