MWC Trenton Day One is River Only
As if on cue, the rain began pouring on the 112 teams fishing the 2011 MWC Detroit River/Lake Erie tournament out of Trenton, MI, right at takeoff.
While the showers let up shortly after, strong winds and 7-13 foot waves on Lake Erie are predicted for the rest of the day, limiting the boats to the river only on Saturday. Teams will be allowed to fish both Michigan and Canadian waters from the upstream end of Pesche Island, downstream to a point 42 degrees 04’ below Celeron Island.
When he saw the forecast, angler Greg Witson was glad. “We like river only. We’re Canadian, we live on the river and figured it was our home waters.” Witson and partner Mark Campeau plan to stay in the east side of the Trenton channel. “We’re going to be packed in there pretty tight because it is going to be about the only area you are going to be able to fish today. Hopefully tomorrow we can get over to the Canadian side.”
Ryan Wall, who fishes with Dave Kolb, said that what they do today will depend on river conditions. “I’m hoping the river stayed clean, but with the east wind last night, it will probably dirty up the water and go from a jig to a hand line bite.” The team is hoping the water stayed clean because of the good jig bite going on. “If it’s a tough bite, weights could be down, but it’s hard to say until we launch the boat and see the river conditions.”
The temperature should reach the mid-50’s today with rain returning around noon. Winds will hover around the 20mph mark all day from the SSE switching to the SSW. Teams 1-56 will return to Elizabeth Park at 3pm EST, while the remainder of the field is due in at 3:30pm.