Detroit River Walleye Run

Detroit River Walleye Run

It is almost that time of year again! Every spring, we load up the boats and trailer them downstate for an insane Detroit River Walleye Run! This is usually a 10-14 day adventure and consists of many limit catches. The spring Walleye migration from Lake Erie, into the Detroit River is the one of the largest migrations of Walleye in the world. These fish are coming into the river for spawning purposes making them very aggressive and often times ready to eat anything put in front of their faces. Walleye love a flow of water when spawning which is why they come from the world class Lake Erie fishery up into the world class Detroit River fishery.

This style of fishing is entirely done by vertical jigging. The typical bait includes a 1oz Jonah Jig paired with a Lunker City plastic. Our favorite plastic is a 4’’ Fin-s fish. This type of bait can be seen below. Notice how this deadly combination has caught so many walleye that the paint is starting to chip off!



Book Your Trip

Megabite Traverse City Fishing Charters works in conjunction with Sport Fish Michigan, offering select dates in late April and May during the peak of the annual Detroit River Walleye Run.  Sport Fish Michigan specifically chooses dates each year to coincide with when they feel the best opportunities are to catch limits of walleyes coming in from Lake Erie.  We are proud to partner with Sport Fish Michigan to offer these trips to you during the best times.  Morning and afternoon trips are available, and all of the tackle and gear necessary will be provided for you.  Sport Fish Michigan only uses G. Loomis rods paired with Shimano reels, and guides out of DNR-inspected Ranger boats outfitted with the best equipment available.

With experienced captains and the best of the best in gear, this type of fishing is an absolute riot. Jigging Walleye on the Detroit River is a little different than your normal Traverse City fishing charter but it is surely an experience that will not disappoint. If you are looking to fill your freezer with an abundance of tasty fish, this is definitely the trip for you! With limited dates, our days fill up quickly. Get ahold of us soon to book an opportunity at some lights out fishing!