River Walleye Location Basics

Fall river walleye fishing is starting to heat up in the Detroit, St. Clair and Saginaw Rivers and location is a key to good catches....Here is a post I just made in response to a question on the Walleye 101 Public Forum Facebook page that covers river locations.....the post also covers some of the information we cover in our "Walleye in Rivers" seminars.

Alright! Let's talk river location! Was thinking about sleeping in a little today, but saw this post and had to get to the office and start some quick research......

This is a spot I used to fish alot, but don't much anymore for really no reason other than I tend to stay in the Wyandotte area most trips. Went back to my old waypoint files and, SURPRISE! found lots of waypoints in the circles I have added....but there was definitely a difference between when each area became better....

First, this is an EXCELLENT example of a great river location...lots of options in one small area. We have a "passing area" in the yellow circle, a "holding area" in the blue circle and a "barrier" in the red circle...the 3 main types of river areas I look for.

The yellow circle area concentrates fish when they are moving upmerbler-map-new and down river (Passing area). Using the steep breaklines as a guide, fish can easily move between parts of the river, using the break as a highway. The waypoints I have in this box
prove this out. The fishing here is usually really good or non-existent, and there is a tendency for good fishing to be concentrated in a small time window, proving to me that is fish are moving through here we catch them and if they are not moving we do not.

The blue circle is a large flat (Holding Area) of slower current, where fish will spread out, live comfortably, chase a little bait and just "chill"..Again waypoints and catch records show this. When this area is good, fish are scattered throughout the circle (although there are 3 distinct "tight" concentrations of waypoints in this area). At a quick first glance of my records, this area seems to be most productive in a S or SW wind and stable weather patterns, which is pretty typical of fish on flats....

The red circle is the upstream side of a point (barrier), and is a textbook river spot. Remember, fish will move to the upstream side of a barrier (point, hump, rock etc) when they are actively feeding to take advantage of the slack current and prime "ambush" location the upstream side of a barrier creates...perfect location for active, feeding walleye! Again, my waypoints in this circle are tight and concentrated into small windows of time (from about 20 minutes to 90 minutes) showing that fish move here to actively feed, then relocate, probably to the hole upstream or the flat downstream, or use the steep break to move up or down river...

I LOVE spots like this...everything a walleye needs in a small area. Add the close proximity to the big lake and you have a winner...Thanks for posting Ron!!!

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