After what turned out to be the worst week of my life I decided I needed a little normalcy. Since the Huron hasn’t been cooperating for Steel I decided to go back to my old reliable, Detroit River walleye. I arrived at the ramp around 6:00 pm and to my dismay I saw that the river was a lovely shade of grey. Normally dirty water doesn’t scare me but with overcast skies and a sunset coming soon my window of opportunity would be short. I set up in my normal area and worked over my familiar haunts. Visibility was about a foot and there were hardly any weeds. Surface temp was about 52 degrees which is just a lot better then the 65 degrees it was last time out. It didn’t take long and I had my first eater in the box. He hit a #7 Perch Rapala (The discontinued style with the gold plate belly) on my kicker. As it would turn out, every fish I caught would come on that lure, even the one I lost. I only managed three for the night and they all came in the first 45 minutes. Once it got dark out everything shut down. I fished until 8 but it was to no avail. Not surprising, experience has shown me that dirty water and nightfall do not necessarily equal success. If anything it means I should have got out earlier. At least I was able to get out for a few hours and escape my phone for a bit. I didn’t winterize the engine, not just yet. Temps are going to stay in the 50’s for awhile so I may take advantage of it for a bit. It’s not over yet.
So I ended up with 3 eaters, all light, grey fish. Not the typical yellow/black colors more common for the resident river fish. All of them had emerald shiners in their stomachs. I also noticed a lot of splashing in the Edison discharge so that means the gizzard shad are in. Hopefully some more walleye are right behind them.
No pictures tonight. I figure everyone has seen enough pictures of 17 inch fish.
On another more personal note, I am going to shut this down for a bit. As I had said earlier this past week was the worst of my life and it really drained me emotionally. I have a lot of things to sort out now and take care of and I really don’t have the energy, time or desire to make anymore entries. Maybe after a break of a few moths I will start up again. There is still plenty of time left to get some walleye so get out there, good luck, be safe and cherish the ones around you.