Upper Wire Report 10/2

Discussion in 'Detroit River and Lake Erie' started by MisterTom, Oct 2, 2020.

  1. MisterTom

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    92677E84-015B-45FB-909C-7162ADB9DAD3.jpeg I hit the river this evening after being away on a road trip for a month, and found some eyes stacked in the same spots as in August. Baitfish were schooling and the silver bass were feeding heavily - I picked up about 10 or so, all decent sized fish and good fighters. Surprised they were still lingering in the river this late.

    The first walleye barely passed for legal and I kept it, though little did I know there were some nice hens hiding out there tonight. I thought they were double header silvers at first, until I saw the glowing eyes as I pulled them up to the boat. Somehow they managed to stay hooked through the flip over the gunwale, they were beefy enough that I thought I would lose some for sure. These fish were all holding real tight to steep ledges, and color didn’t seem to matter much. The floating weeds kind of sucked, but to be expected this time of year. Saw the enormous harvest moon rise up over the horizon, then disappear into the clouds in an orange haze, very cool. I called it after 2 hours, got plenty for dinner with this lot. Water temp was 60.9F
     
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    Thanks for the report..I've been wanting to try to pull wire in DR but didn't know if they did it in the fall. Do you have any tips for me?

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    Yup, thanks for the report enjoyed it....retired buddy here "mid" river has had a few good trips pulling crankbaits recently, better fish then we've gotten since spring, that was trolling freeline...been getting a few handlining with 3" Grandma's, lol....?....

    I'm cutting my teeth on trolling cranks for Walleye, 3 hrs today & 1 dink Walleye and 2 dink Smallies....all into the current, just trying new stuff....cheers....
     
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    I do it all year, though during the spring spawn its easier and similarly productive to jig with everyone else instead of weaving through hundreds of boats going downstream.

    Tips... don’t leave fish to find fish, when I get one I usually loop around and pick up more in the school. Low light conditions are best - twilight/night, stormy days, and muddy water. Try lots of different speeds/angles. Watch out for freighters, especially at night. If you’re hung up on something technical/specific feel free to ask.

    Ha, what’s a grandma?? Cool, I pulled cranks before my wire setup, picked up a few with deep divers, but man, what a forearm workout. In hindsight, pulling them across the current may have been a better method.
     
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    I've been using Grandma's for Musky for years, think they were around before the "Jake's" came out....never knew they were being made so small till buddy gave me one, lol....buddy is one heck of an experimenter on fishing, very cool stuff....cheers....

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    That’ll hook em for sure... will be keeping an eye out, always looking for new things to try, thanks!

    Gave it another go last night and it was tough, driving into a stiff wind makes everything uncooperative. Taking your hand off the tiller of a few seconds turns you right around and some sharp corrections wind up tangling lines. The weeds were more problematic, they were getting pushed out of the lake and seemed to be everywhere in the water column. Picked up 4 and 2 dinks, nothing on spoons again.
     
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    Handlining into the wind when fishing solo can be a pain.
     
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    So the best winds for handlineing in DR is a E or W? What winds work the best for you?

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    No wind is always nice... but if there’s a stiff wind I prefer it to be blowing against the current, which will push and not fight you so much. The direction depends on which bend of the river you’re fishing (upper east-west, mid/lower north-south)
     
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    Don't fish it, but would think a North wind if your fishing the upper US side, that way would affect you the least, boat control wise.
     
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    The nice thing about the river is that you can usually find somewhere that is fishable in almost any wind condition. That said, with the border closure, some of those areas are off limits. For example, with a strong S wind, the whole CAN shoreline from Peche Island to the Casino are protected. With an E wind, I would normally fish from the AMB bridge and S on the CAN side, and so on. But we are limited now.
     
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