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Detroit River: 28 fishing charters available
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4.8 / 5
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Wyandotte
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trips from $399
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Detroit
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trips from $300
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Wyandotte
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trips from $400
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5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
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Detroit
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Detroit River

According to customer reviews, Fishing The Detroit River And Lake, Blast N Cast Guide Service, and Class Act Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Detroit River. Full list of top fishing charters in Detroit River.

The average price for a private 4 hour Detroit River fishing trip is $456, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $479 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing The Detroit River And Lake, Blast N Cast Guide Service, and Class Act Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Detroit River.

The most popular fish species you can target are Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Smallmouth Bass. Top fishing techniques include Jigging, Light Tackle, and Trolling. River fishing, lake fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Seeing it on a map, you may think that the Detroit River only serves to connect Lake St Clair to Lake Erie. Be that as it may, it’s also home to some of the most productive freshwater fishing not just in Michigan, but in the United States. Stretching for almost 30 miles, this diverse fishery has an outstanding number of opportunities for both novice and veteran anglers alike.

Top Catches

Its fortunate location has resulted in the Detroit River becoming a great place to find a variety of fish. This includes species like Walleye, several Bass species, Crappie, Catfish, Pike, and more besides. No matter the time of year, there’s bound to be good fishing somewhere on the river. Below you’ll find out more about the most popular species found in the river.

Walleye

There can be no doubt that the Detroit River Walleye fishing is what reels in the biggest number of anglers year after year. The number of boats will measure in the hundreds when things get really going. If you’re looking to increase your chances of catching Walleye, you should be looking at current and contour breaks, channel edges, and clearer water in general. Clear waters may not hold as many fish, but the ones there will be easier to catch.

Muskellunge

Fall fishing for Muskie is a big thing in these parts and has been so for quite a while. There are quite a few current breaks here that make for great Muskie hotspots. One spot in particular is known for its great Muskie bite, and it’s known as the “Sturgeon Hole.” You can find it just to the south of Peche Island, at the far east end of the river. You’ll definitely be in the market for a trophy catch, with fish sometimes going over 45 inches in size.

Bass

The Bass run in the Detroit River is a short-lived affair, but one definitely worth your time during the spring months. Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Silver bass all draw the attention of local anglers, especially those from the south side of the river. Windsor anglers mostly fish from docks and piers when the Bass bite kicks in, usually using heavier jigs to avoid tangling each other up. If you’re fishing from a boat, be sure to check out the cuts near Grosse Ile as well as the eastern part of Sugar Island.

Detroit River Fishing Tips

  • Anglers hoping to catch trophy-sized Walleye should seriously consider night fishing for that purpose. Of course, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the terrain during the day so you have an easier time of it at night when navigation is more difficult.
     
  • A lot of local anglers will list pulling wire among their favorite techniques. Pulling wire is local slang for handlining, and people from these parts are very good at it.

Need to Know

During the summertime, a lot of fish will make their way to the two lakes but don’t let that stop you. Fishing the deeper parts of the river is still a good plan, and a lot of charter captain can take you close to the lakes themselves where the fishing is at its best.

Regulations

No matter if you’re fishing from the US or Canadian side, solo or with a guide, you will still need a freshwater fishing license. Most popular fish species have both a size and possession limit, so be sure to read up on the latest regulations online or hire a guide who’ll take care of that for you.

Budget

One of many good things about fishing in the Detroit River is the competitive charter prices. Usually cheaper than in the adjoining lakes, you can get a half a day’s worth of fishing starting from US$300. If you decide to stay for a full-day adventure, that will set you back for US$400–$450.

Getting There

Both Detroit and Windsor are very easily accessible via car, plane, and train so you won’t be wasting any time on actually getting there. After all, the real prize is in the water and the sooner you get out there the sooner you can have a shot at making your angling dreams come true!

Detroit River
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4.8 / 5
Based on 27740 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Ice floes can make boat fishing very difficult at the start of the year. You’ll need to keep track of the wind at all times to ensure a safe and productive trip. 

February

The canals to the immediate southwest of Grosse Ile are good places to start your fishing adventure in February. Usually involves a good number of Yellow Perch.

March

While it’s still early in the season, this is when you can usually expect Walleye numbers to seriously start picking up, especially over at Peche Island.

April

You’re likely to be dealing with strong currents in April, so it’s a good idea to have a single-ounce jig with you to ensure you can reach a good depth for fishing.

May

White Bass fishing is absolutely on fire come May. Most anglers will be in the habit of practicing catch and release, but they also make for a lovely meal.

June

Summer is upon us, which means that the fish will be heading down to Lake Erie. There’s still plenty of good fishing at the river mouth.

July

Lots of ships go through the Detroit River during summertime, which can put a dent in your fishing plans. Feel free to explore small creeks for Largemouth Bass.

August

Everyone is still waiting for the Muskie fishing to kick into high gear, and a good way to spend that time is by going after numerous local Yellow Perch.

September

Muskie fishing season is in full swing, so get out there and join the fight! Cast and retrieve fishing works wonders in the Detroit River.

October

October is a great time for fishing the Detroit River. Trolling, handlining and jigging are all good ways of going after Walleye, so feel free to experiment.

November

Shallow waters are home to a decent number of Walleye, while you’re best looking for Perch near the numerous island cuts spread throughout the river.

December

The Walleye fishery, while not as numerous, is still a good bet even at year’s end. Head out just before dark and you can catch some really big ones.

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What a great experience! My goal was to create quality time with my son and his BFF. I wasn't disappointed. Captain Chris was very professional and knew exactly what he was doing. I've done similar trips in the past, but this is my most notable one. Thank you!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
What a great experience! My goal was to create quality time with my son and his BFF. I wasn't disappointed. Captain Chris was very professional and knew exactly what he was doing. I've done similar trips in the past, but this is my most notable one. Thank you!
Neil  G.
Neil G. Brighton, MI
If you're unfamiliar with fishing the waters in Wyandotte or the Detroit River, book a tour and learn how the tricks of the trade.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're unfamiliar with fishing the waters in Wyandotte or the Detroit River, book a tour and learn how the tricks of the trade.
Jose  D.
Jose D. Warren, MI
GREAT FISHING TRIP, AND REALLY ENJOYED TIME WITH CAPTAIN KEVIN, AND A GREAT WAY TO SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, ON THE WATER FISHING FOR WALLEYE.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
GREAT FISHING TRIP, AND REALLY ENJOYED TIME WITH CAPTAIN KEVIN, AND A GREAT WAY TO SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, ON THE WATER FISHING FOR WALLEYE.
Imad  J.
Imad J. Oakland Charter Township, MI
Get out there with a quality crew and boat like Scaled Up Fishing. You will learn what you need to have a great fishing experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get out there with a quality crew and boat like Scaled Up Fishing. You will learn what you need to have a great fishing experience.
Fred  S.
Fred S. Hastings, MI
Early April til early May is best, get a good captain late scouts out the area and have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Early April til early May is best, get a good captain late scouts out the area and have a great time.
Jeff  M.
Jeff M. Waterford Township, MI
Be ready to catch fish and enjoy a world class fishery in the Detroit River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready to catch fish and enjoy a world class fishery in the Detroit River
Troy  F.
Troy F. Schoolcraft, MI
Make sure you dress for the weather. The river is wide and the wind will certainly be a factor for how cold it is going to be on the water. Nothing worse than getting into the fish and having a bad day because you are under dressed. You can always take some clothes off. I recommend that you go with someone that has experience with fishing the river for your first trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you dress for the weather. The river is wide and the wind will certainly be a factor for how cold it is going to be on the water. Nothing worse than getting into the fish and having a bad day because you are under dressed. You can always take some clothes off. I recommend that you go with someone that has experience with fishing the river for your first trip.
David  L.
David L. Dansville, MI
Listen to the Captain. His instructions are key to your experience of getting Hooked Up!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the Captain. His instructions are key to your experience of getting Hooked Up!
James  D.
James D. Dexter, MI
About Time Charters is the charter to choose when looking to book a trip for walleye. Captain Damon is really nice, has great equipment and gets the fish! You won't be disappointed. Sincerely, Jim
Excellent
5.0 / 5
About Time Charters is the charter to choose when looking to book a trip for walleye. Captain Damon is really nice, has great equipment and gets the fish! You won't be disappointed. Sincerely, Jim
James  P.
James P. Bangor, MI
You can expect to catch bigger fish in April but the number of fish caught might be better in late or May. The weather conditions and water temperatures can make fishing in early April at times a bit difficult. We had to reschedule a trip as a result of bad weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You can expect to catch bigger fish in April but the number of fish caught might be better in late or May. The weather conditions and water temperatures can make fishing in early April at times a bit difficult. We had to reschedule a trip as a result of bad weather.
Nick  B.
Nick B. Westland, MI
Hire a guide if your new to the Detroit walleye fishery as the crowds can be heavy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire a guide if your new to the Detroit walleye fishery as the crowds can be heavy.
Darrin  M.
Darrin M. Perry, MI

GT Charter Services
GT Charter Services
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(12 reviews)
Had a great time. Would love to go again when the bite is a little better.
Liane  M.
Liane M. Warren, Michigan
Reel Adventures Sportfishing
Reel Adventures Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
The captain was great but fish wasn’t bitting the water was rough and grass was every where the captain did his best as any one could
Neal  B.
Neal B. Finley, KY
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
First time Walleye fishing and we brought home the limit. Captain Nick did not disappoint. He’s very experienced and knows these waters better than any captain. Great day, highly recommend captain Nick for your next trip out!!
Richard  P.
Richard P. Punta Gorda, FL
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
Captain Nick was great, he put us on fish. Awesome experience. Would highly recommend
Kirk  F.
Kirk F. Grand Rapids, MI
Freedom Charters – Detroit River
Freedom Charters – Detroit River
Fishing charter in Grosse Ile Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
He was the best guideI have used he put us on fish all day my grandson which is a very good fisherman was very impressed with the trip I would recommend him any time
Larry  K.
Larry K. Lutz, FL
Detroit Fishing
Detroit Fishing
Fishing charter in Detroit
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We had a wide range of anglers from very experienced to very little but Captain Z handled it perfectly. Super patient, very professional and incredibly knowledgeable! Highly recommend!
Evan  B.
Evan B.
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
Captain Nick is the best! Took care of everything We had a blast! Highly recommend. Great for kids
James  C.
James C. Detroit, MI
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
We caught a ton of fish. Nick and his son were great. Awesome afternoon. Far exceeded expectations. Great memories.
Sean  H.
Sean H.
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
Afternoon trip. Took us down to lake Eerie. Bottom bouncing and trolling for walleye. Had our limit writhing 2 hours. Awesome fun.
Matt  K.
Matt K. West Bloomfield, Michigan
GT Charter Services
GT Charter Services
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
George was an awesome captain we are already booking one for next year...Was a great fishing for father and son
Brian  M.
Brian M. Rives Junction, MI
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(115 reviews)
Captain Nick did a good job of fishing different areas and methods to find the fish. We still managed to take home 9 walleye and a couple bass(?). Thanks!
Craig  S.
Craig S. South Lyon, Michigan
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
I sent my husband and a few guys fishing. They caught lots of fish and the captain even cleaned the fish for them. They said they had a great time out on the water!
Dawnya  S.
Dawnya S.
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
We really enjoyed the experience and it was lots of fun and caught lots of fish and captain nick and his son nj was great
James  K.
James K. Albion, MI
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
Started the morning out at 7:00 AM with my brother and his grandson. They came from Nebraska and we had two days cancelled on Lake Erie because of high winds and waves. Cpatain Nick was able to take us out in the Detroit River for a day of high impact fishing. We started out with white bass and ended up with Walleye. Great experience with a very knowledgeable Captain, would recommend this trip to others.
Gerald  V.  L.
Gerald V. L. Milan, MI
Reel Adventures Sportfishing
Reel Adventures Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We had six guys in our group for a bachelor party and Captain Kevin made it an incredible time. The boat was spacious and he was extremely accommodating to make sure we were staying on time for the rest of our days activities. We will be seeing him again soon!
JORDAN  W.
JORDAN W. United States
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
Captain Nick took me & my grandson walleye fishing along the river, the weather was a little turbulent and whenever a spot was getting rough or the fish weren’t biting he was quick to get us back on the fish at a different location, overall he was very attentive and we had an awesome time because of him & we would highly recommend him to anyone
Glenn  H.
Glenn H. Flat Rock, Michigan
Detroit River Charters Chromeseeker
Detroit River Charters Chromeseeker
Fishing charter in Detroit
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Had a great time with Captain Dan out on the water. He was very personable, and we caught tons of fish. Excited for the fish fry tonight!
Jack  D.
Jack D. Rochester Hills, MI
Reel Adventures Sportfishing
Reel Adventures Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(4 reviews)
Captain Kevin has an impressive pontoon that’s well-equipped for fishing trips, and was very comfortable for our group of three generations! It was a beautiful day on the water — even though the fish weren’t biting. We ventured out on Lake Erie to troll for walleye and marveled at the many types of water birds. We also spent time on the river and learned about jigging. Captain knows the area well — you’re sure to enjoy your trip!
Maria  A.
Maria A. Beverly Hills, MI
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
Had a blast on our half-day excursion with Captain Nick. It was our first time fishing for walleye. We had a range of skill levels, including some total beginners and a 9-year old. We caught lots and were even able to have them fried up for lunch at the restaurant across from the marina. We also caught a ton of striped bass and enjoyed some good stories and beautiful scenery on the water. Fantastic time.
Kevin  H.
Kevin H. Arlington, VA
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
We had a great time with Captain Nick.Fishing was great he put us on the fish and we caught fish the entire time.
Brandon  T.
Brandon T. Piqua, OH