Captains Blog

Summer 2019

Swinging Into Summer

Walleye season winds down…Gear up for Muskie and Bass!

Well, our Walleye season is winding down and we will be transitioning into our Muskie and Bass season this week.

This time of year, we have to take a look at the season and this Spring has been a challenge with the weather and colder temps but the Walleye sure didn’t mind as they were on the feed during their spawn again this year! We hit limits most all trips with some really nice fish caught. Made for many great meals for our clients who took advantage of this great fishing on the Detroit River.
Summer 2019

Bass on the hook…

The pre-season Bass has been very good this spring and not only have the numbers started to come back but the sizes have been very good as well.
Summer 2019

We haven’t noticed that many dead Muskie while fishing the river — a good sign for the condition of the Muskie population in the lake! It will be interesting to see how the higher water and cooler spring we’ve had will effect Muskies — but we look forward to hunting them down!

We still have availability during the season for our Bass, Muskie & Sturgeon Trips. Give us a call to set up your trips and get out there fishing!
Tight Lines,

Walleye Are Here!

We are into the 2019 season with another great start to the spring Walleye run in the Detroit River!

Over 10 million walleye are staged in the Western basin of Lake Erie, making their way up and through the Detroit River system for the spring spawn. There are Walleye spread out throughout the whole Detroit River System and the Big Hen’s are getting caught now!

We have had some tough days to start off weather-wise but the bite has been getting hotter by the day. We have been getting fish on both the Michigan and Canadian side of the river as the walleye are piling up and moving through.

This incredible fishing will only last another 6 weeks so don’t miss out on the best Walleye fishing in the country! Call us now to set up your trips!You can call us at 586.206.4172 or check us out on our newly redesigned website at
Information on our walleye charters can be found here. 

Tight Lines,
Capt. Kevin Backus

Ice is melting. Walleye are calling.

Live and Ready for 2019!

We at Mr. Muskie Charters have been busy since the start of the year preparing for the season opener, which is less than a few weeks out now.

Mr. Muskie Too underwent a major transformation and has been pretty much fully restored and made even better than Tiara had intended!

She had her entire bilge gutted, fiberglass repairs done throughout the boat, brand new motors and transmissions, strut Buesching’s, rudders & props, the list goes on and on with most everything being replaced and or fixed.

She also got rubbed out and waxed and a new graphics on her backside…

She looks and runs great and is ready for many more years of service!

Our Brand New Website…

We have also launched our brand new website,, which we are very excited about.

This state of the art website is very easy to use with all of the information you need at your finger tips! Make sure to take a look and send it to anyone who would enjoy the experience with us!

We are not raising our prices at this time but will have to do so in the near future to help absorb some of the continuous rising cost of the business. However we will not make any major increases as we want to keep it affordable for everyone.

We are running our pre-season specials through the end of March so take advantage of the savings while you can. Give us a call to set up all your 2019 trips, or, check out our website and book

Our Season will kick off with our Detroit River Walleye run the start of April as soon as the ice is out… and if last year was any indication of what this year will offer, hold on for one of the best seasons we may ever have!

We will also be offering our early Bass season in April as well on the Tiara’s out of Jefferson Beach Marina.

We look forward to getting out fishing the soft water again and hope to help make many memories for all our customers!


Tight Lines,

Capt. Kevin & Crew

Spring Season 2019

The best booking dates & deals of 2019!

The ice may be thick on Lake St. Clair but the season is just 57 days away.

Now is the best time to line up your reservations with our crew. We’re hearing that the weather gods may grant us a warm April…book now and you’ll be out on the water Catching Walleye’s on the Detroit River, in a matter of weeks!

The weekends are in big demand — reserve your dates now.

Pre-Season specials running now!

2018 Season Wrap-Up

The 2018 season comes to a close…

The 2018 fishing came to a close for us this November and things started to come to a manageable pace for us at Mr. Muskie Charters.

The boats are out of the water and the task lists on them have been started.

We have lots going on this off season with some big improvements to the boats, a new website launching the start of the new year, so look for our email on that soon.

However this is a good time to look back on the year and reflect to how blessed we are to have this fishery here in our back yard!

This year the spring Walleye season was the best that I have ever experienced in my lifetime! It was filled with awesome action and great fish with limit catches most every trip! We expect that this coming year will be another exceptional year for the spring Walleye run!

Bass catches — quality over quantity…

Bass this year was very interesting as we had many early season days with some good numbers of fish caught but as the season heated up and the Bass left their beds they were harder to target, the numbers declined but the quality was excellent!

Muskie Fishing this year was also puzzling as the numbers of fish on many days was off a bit as far as Muskie being caught but it seemed that we also had caught more pike and Walleye while Muskie fishing than in the past decade or more! The quality of the Muskies were very good this season with the majority of the Muskies being over the 40″ mark.

We still had an excellent season boast over 800 and around 20 over the 30 lb club and our biggest of the season was a 54″ 42# Monster!

Sturgeon this year followed suit with a slightly lower catch rate on the charters but the quality was out of this world!! We boated over 100 Sturgeon in the 2 month season that we fish it and over 50 of them were over the 60″ mark and some over the 70″ mark with our biggest ever at a whopping 74″!

Our Mr. Muskie Crew also swept the podium at the annual Sturgeon tournament this season, great job guys on proving that you really are the best in the industry!

We hope we see you next year…or, stop by and see us as show season starts soon.

Tight Lines,
Captain Kevin

Walleye Running & Bass Biting

Walleye Are Running!

We have been in the river fishing the Walleye since the start of April and let’s just say that the start of the month had some pretty nasty weather to start the season. We had to reschedule some of our trips as we didn’t want to punish you guys.

However the weather and fishing have made a nice turn around, while many of the big hens are spawned out already there are still some nice big fish being caught. The action as of late has been amazing with limits catch’s daily!

The action and the weather is only getting better and now is the time to get out and try some of the best Walleye fishing in the country!

The people at Sindbad’s have not forgotten how to cook these delicious fish either, so after you return and we clean your fish you should consider having them prepare some of them for you as they do a superb job!

We have our big boats in the water and are starting our Bass trips now. This early Bass season “catch & release” has some awesome action and has produced some very large smallies as well. These trips are great for people who want the “rod in hand” experience and is also great for kids!

We still have openings during the next month but as things heat up our availability will become limited. Give us a call and let’s get out there.

Fall 2017 Message from Capt. Kevin

Well now that the boats are tucked away in their warm nesting places for the winter we can start to make our task lists for the off season as well as take some time to reflect upon this past season!

The 2017 Season kicked off with an early start due to warmer temps and we were fishing the Detroit River for Walleye by the 1st of April. This year was another absolutely awesome year for action as there were so many days with incredible catch rates of over 100 Walleye, and most every charter limiting out!

We moved right into the early season for Small mouth Bass and they were up on their beds spawning, which made for some great action of dozens of Bass caught per trip and averaging 2-4 lbs. While some days in the mid-late in the Bass season we noticed lower catch rates we did see some awesome quality with many Small Mouth Bass over the 5-6 lb. class!

Muskie season this year seemed to start out much slower than previous years in the recent past. Whether that is in part to another dose of VHS virus hitting the Muskie’s or a unfavorable winter die-off, either way we had to work to achieve the success we had, which was still very well, considering. While we were wondering when we would see our consistent numbers as well as quality, not long into mid summer did we see it for our own eyes.
We had a lower average of boated Muskies this year but only 2 days where they got shut out, which was great for last seasons 250+ trips. We managed to boat well over 800 Muskie for the 2017 season and the largest was 34 lbs.

As the Fall wanted to get started we transitioned into our Sturgeon charters by catching the largest Sturgeon on the lake while Muskie fishing, a whopping 75” and 33” around, weighing in at over 150 lbs.! This is what lead to having good success right from the first trip out. It wasn’t all great however with there being some odd weather and tough fishing but man some great nights of both action, which we broke our record of most Sturgeon boated in one trip 9 for 11!!! All in all we boated over 80 Sturgeon during our run at it with 5 over 70”!

We are grateful for a very successful season and owe it to you, all of our loyal customers!

We hope you enjoyed your holidays with family and friends and look forward to fishing again together this coming 2018 season, which we have already started booking.