Right off the bat, the anglers in the field at the Toyota Series Northern Division event on the Detroit River were thrown a curveball by the weather. This morning, with increasing wind forecasts, tournament officials made Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair off-limits, thereby penning up the 87 pros and co-anglers on the American side of the Detroit River. Though not what some wanted, the fishing still seems to be pretty good, and we should see good limits at weigh-in at 3 p.m. ET.
To start the day, the weather was brisk and cloudy, and obviously plenty windy. It's turned out to be a tremendous fall day, with sunny skies and cool enough weather to sport a hoodie. On the river, the water temperature is in the mid-60s and the fish are biting deep, shallow and in between on everything from a drop-shot to a spinnerbait. Most of the field is concentrating around the mouth of the river on the Lake Erie side, but there are a decent number of anglers strung along it all the way up through Detroit.
Below is the rundown of updates we’ve gathered so far.
Cory Johnston – two keepers
Mark Peiser – two big ones and two little ones
Chase Serafin – 15 pounds
Troy Stokes – 17 pounds
Kevin Martin – four for 8 pounds
Drew Six – one good one and one baby
Craig Saylor – one little one
Co-angler Rod MacKinnon – one 5-pounder
Mark Flick – 18 pounds
Co-angler Aaron Stahley – 21 pounds
Tom Beale – three keepers
Dan Mittlestat – a limit with one big one
Joe Lucarelli – one keeper
Dick Parker – one keeper
Jason Root – five for 8 pounds
Chad Pipkins – three for 9 pounds
Brett Loomis – four keepers