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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-04-2018, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Lake Erie or Huron in late April - Ontario side


I'm traveling to the Windsor area for work the last week of April and first few days of May and hope to take a few days to fish Lake Erie or Huron tribs or beaches while there.

Im looking for ideas on what might be happening then species wise. I certainly dont expect detailed locations but i sure would appreciate a starting point. Most my GL experience is later in the year on Lake Ontario and Superior.

I plan to rent a car and bring a tent and figure the whole Canadian side of either lake is fair game.

I prefer to walk and wade but am not opposed to renting a pontoon and paying for a shuttle to make day floats possible on the right river.

I like walking/fishing long beaches too, but not as much...

Thanks for any ideas.

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Hi Tom,

I live in the area, and for steelhead, youíll have to drive about 3hrs, which is a trek I make often. The season opens up on the last Saturday in April, although there is some limited water open on some rivers prior to that (all season).

Plenty of spots are accessible by car, for walk and wading. Most, in fact. Not much crown land anywhere in sw Ontario to camp, but there may be a few campgrounds open by then. Tribs of Erie, Huron, and Ontario will all have fish then, and should be a good time to go.

Saving that, the Detroit river right in Windsor has arguably the best walleye run in the world during that time. Although not a wadable river, Iím sure there are spots you could fish from shore and try with a fly rod, although Iíve never tried, and finding room could be a problem. It is urban fishing in every sense. The silver bass should also be showing up around that time, and you can literally catch them every cast.

I would suggest taking a 3 hour drive to one of the many tribs alluded to above for steelhead. The Great Lakes really do have an impressive fishery.

Send me a pm if youíd like some more info. Iíd be glad to help out.

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That's super Ryan. Thanks. I'll digest this do some research and get back to with some questions. Tom
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Like ryan said the rivers open 4th saturday in april and its mostly kelts at that time. There are a few rivers within a couple hours drive from Windsor. I could probably name them here but I'll refrain. Send me a pm.
As for camping , most campgrounds start opening in late May. I would think finding a site would be tough in late April. Pretty much all crown land in Southern Ontario is day-use only. I usually just get a motel room. For the pontoon rental and shuttle, that stuff is basically non-existant in this area. Cabs are an option if you find a boat.
I'll likely be out on a Huron trib the first week of may. I may be able to offer you a ride in my scadden for a day or meet up for a hike. I'll know better closer to that week. Keep in mind I'm a terrible fisherman and even worse oarsman!
Feel free to pm me with any questions and I can try to help
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