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Detroit River: 17 fishing charters available
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trips from $399

Class Act Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(30 reviews)
Wyandotte
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trips from $400

Scaled Up Sport Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Detroit
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trips from $475

Blast N Cast Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Detroit
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trips from $400
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trips from $450
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About Time Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Wyandotte
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trips from $450
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trips from $375

Detroit Fishing

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(2 reviews)
Detroit
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trips from $446

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Detroit River

The average price for a private 4 hour Detroit River fishing trip is $447, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $513 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Fishing The Detroit River And Lake, Class Act Charters, and Scaled Up Sport Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Detroit River. Full list of top fishing charters in Detroit River.

Fishing The Detroit River And Lake, Class Act Charters, and Scaled Up Sport Fishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Detroit River.

The most popular fish species you can target are Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and Muskellunge (Musky). Top fishing techniques include jigging, light tackle, and trolling. River fishing, lake fishing, and inshore 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
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Based on 24798 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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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
Get somebody that knows the Detroit river and Lake Erie like captain Nick does.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get somebody that knows the Detroit river and Lake Erie like captain Nick does.
Mike  B.
Mike B. Dearborn, Michigan
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

Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(84 reviews)
My Grandson, nephew & I, met Captain Nick and his teenage son at the dock early in the morning and traveled across the eastern end of lake Erie. The captain and his mate expertly deployed the small flagged rafts carrying baited hooks. It didn't take long for the action to start and it continued all morning. We caught dozens of walleye, catfish, and other varieties of fish. This fishing crew knows their business and is pleasant and polite with their customers.
Joseph  P.
Joseph P. Taylor, MI
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
We treated my dad to a fishing trip for his birthday. We had a great time and made some memories that will never be forgotten. Captain Nick and his son worked hard to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. I have a feeling this will be the first of several fishing trips with Captain Nick.
Mark  C.
Mark C. Howell, MI
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(84 reviews)
We made a tough fishing day due to weather turn out very good. Captain Nick and NJ were awesome.
Dan  T.
Dan T. Angola, IN
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Caught walleye, perch and a catfish. We all caught multiple fish. Would go again.
Douglas  T.
Douglas T. Charlotte, NC
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Great fishing trip with captain Nick. Caught the first fish in less than 12 seconds! I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. Thanks again Captain Nick and your to your awesome assistant MJ!
Matt  H.
Matt H. Freeland, MI
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Captain Nick is a great host. He is extremely helpful, pleasant and knowledgeable. We had a great morning and all got out limit of walleye.
Anne  L.
Anne L. Battle Creek, MI
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Had a great time with Captain Nick! Grabbed a bunch of walleye and white Bass along with a few other species. It was a very fun day!
Jeremy  N.
Jeremy N. Lexington, SC
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Captain nick was incredible, took great care to help my six year old and had knowledge of the river and surrounding area. Can't say enough to demonstrate the great time we had.
Danny  H.
Danny H. Sheridan, CO
Blast N Cast Guide Service
Blast N Cast Guide Service
Fishing charter in Detroit
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Our family went on a half-day trip with Captain Chris. We had a blast. Caught a lot of fish. I will say, if you are not good at processing fish, it is better to have someone do it for you, like a restaurant or something. But overall, it was great. Thank you, Captain Chris.
Lin  V.
Lin V. Livonia, Michigan
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
This was an awesome trip we maxed out on walleye and silver bass the captain is very knowledgeable I had a blast! I highly recommended this charter.
Mel  C.
Mel C. Detroit, MI
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Captain Nick was very patient and professional. His knowledge and expertise is impeccable. We are definitely planning another fishing trip ASAP!
Margie  D.
Margie D. Dearborn Heights, MI
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Captain Nick was great. He worked hard to make sure we had a good day. By end of morning we had our limit. It wasn’t easy - that’s why we appreciated his effort so much.
Alan  M.
Alan M. Channahon, IL
Class Act Charters
Class Act Charters
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
We had a great first time experience with Captain Mike. We all caught fish and enjoyed the day. Nice guy to get to know and talk with. Give him a call to catch some fish.
Karla  M.
Karla M. Portland, MI
Scaled Up Sport Fishing
Scaled Up Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Detroit
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Tyler knows fishing. He and his first mate worked hard to put us on fish and help us catch our limit!
John  F.
John F. Richwood, Ohio
Class Act Charters
Class Act Charters
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
My dad, step son, son in law and I had a great trip. Mike put us on fish and kept us on fish all morning when others around us were coming up empty. I would recommend a charter with Mike to every level of fisherman.
Steve  Y.
Steve Y. Williamsburg, MI
Duncan Sportfishing–Walleye Fishing
Duncan Sportfishing–Walleye Fishing
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Nick is an amazing captain and a really cool dude. Beautiful boat and plenty of top of the line equipment. Thanks for a great time.
James  J.
James J. Grand Blanc, MI
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing The Detroit River And Lake
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Freezing weather, but Captain Nick kept it lively. Fishing was great. We limited out. Last fish was a Sturgeon. Amazing experience. Highly recommend Captain Nick.
Joe  S.
Joe S. Plano, TX
Class Act Charters
Class Act Charters
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Really enjoy our trip. Capt. Mike show us first timers to jig for walleye.
Paul  W.
Paul W. Bellevue, MI
Class Act Charters
Class Act Charters
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Excellent day on the water. Captain is knowledgeable and friendly. Got our limit. Will be booking a slot for next year.
Larry  B.
Larry B. Commerce, Michigan
Hooked Up Sport Fishing LLC Detroit
Hooked Up Sport Fishing LLC Detroit
Fishing charter in Wyandotte
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(12 reviews)
The only reason I gave 4 stars on the overall trip was the wind and the fish were hardly biting. Capt. Dan did his utmost to put us on the fish and even extended the trip an extra hour. We had a morning departure time but due to the rain, Capt. Dan was flexible and we switched to the afternoon. First mate was great also because we kept him busy. We did have a great time though and would consider Hooked Up Charters for next year.
Robert  F.
Robert F. Battle Creek, Michigan