August 26, 2022
By Dan O'Sullivan
The rivers around the country can be some of the most popular and productive fisheries. However, as fertile as a river system can be, learning how fish position themselves in current and being able to present an offering to them can be a challenge. A lot of the difficulty comes directly from angler perception of what the bottom composition is and how to present a lure.
In this latest installment of Hook ‘n Look, Kim Stricker and his son-in-law Scott Curtis explore a popular fishing hole on the Detroit River for walleyes with their fishing gear and an Aqua-Vu underwater camera. The spot, known as “The Sturgeon Hole,” is thought to be a tangled mess of debris, but the pair discover differently.
While exploring the contour of the area with the Aqua-Vu, they find a bottom composition that is largely contoured undulations with shells and pea gravel with larger boulders that serve as current breaks that walleyes and other species use to rest, feed and spawn in. The pair also demonstrates how to vertically present lures to those targets in current, catching several quality Detroit River walleyes.
See for yourself what Stricker and Curtis learn and see how it can be applied to rivers near you.