Detroit River Pike Fishing

Discussion in 'Detroit River and Lake Erie' started by mbs, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. micooner

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    Used to fish with my unit leader from flatrock ford plant. He would swear us to secrets on his honey hole spots in crystal bay for pike lol
     
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  2. mbs

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    That is crazy... that you can see that well. Even in clear water that's some helluva vision you got there. Those days are long gone for me. Darn aging! :mad:
     
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  3. sureshot006

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    I can see it on the up stroke so its down about 20'
     
  4. Zib

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    My best early fall pike bait has been a black bucktail with nickel blade (i.e. Buchertail 500/700 series). That's been on LSC. My pike catches on the DR have mostly been accidental catches. Haven't targeted pike on the DR in almost 20 years.

    I do very good on white spinner baits with a plastic trailer (no trailer hook) in upper Michigan & U.P. lakes.
     
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  5. 50incher

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    Pike on the river, man what a question !....as a kid we used to catch small "chubs" in shallow water on a #10 hook ? lol....then fish deeper for Pike, broke my favorite Walleye rod on one when it ran under the boat....bottom line, Pike #'s are a fraction of what they used to be, so their gonna be harder to find....

    Time of year sure helps with upping the odds but man would I like to see what it was like when my dad was younger, they used to put Perch under a bobber for bait, lol....this time of year we have got a few nice ones fishing Perch deeper, @ 20', I don't think there's any rhythm or reason this late ? maybe so on big Pike water ? but on the D, ehhh....follow the food, which is another ? because it's all over, lol....

    Would love to hear the results from your derby....cheers....
     
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  6. mbs

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    Thanks for the well wishes 50, I'll let you know how I do Sunday morning. Going to make a surveillance trip to the usual spots tonight when I get out of work. There's pike to be had in the D but locating them this time of year ain't easy. Water temp down to 63-66 now so maybe that will turn them on. This past Saturday I caught a 12" snot rocket on the interior of the western side of Stony using a black/nickel Mepps #5. My best luck for pike in the D has come early to mid-April in the shallow slack water regions. Back in the spring of 2019 on three consecutive days I caught a 36" a 34" and a 38" on soft swimbaits and a husky jerk. Two years ago in mid-August awhile fishing the wreckage by Sullivan's I caught about ten fish in the mid 20" class using a home-made spinner of a Colorado blade in front of a Z-Man RazR shad on a #4 weighted EWG hook. Haven't been able to repeat that success last year or this year however. Well, I guess that's why we call it "fishin" and we don't call it "catchin" ;)
     
  7. Jon Bondy

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    Find the biggest swampy bays and fish the deep weed edge out in front of them.
     
  8. mbs

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    Thanks Jon :bowdown:
     
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  10. Jon Bondy

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    Throw a bass flipping jig and chunk on those weed edges or any grassy point.
     
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    Hit Airport Bay and the Black Lagoon. Lots of places at/near GI that should be productive.
     
  12. mbs

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    Black Lagoon? I'm sure I've fished there before but where is it?
     
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    Trenton, south end of McLouth.
     
  14. mbs

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    No way!!! I live on Grosse Ile right across the river from the Black Lagoon. Never knew it was called that. I look at it through my back window every day. :D
     
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    It was heavily polluted back in the day, hence the name. I believe they've since named it Elias Cove, named after the park there, after dredging and cleaning it up years ago. Anyway, it's a decent pike spot close to you.