+ Inside line: Broadlow's Fishin' Hole (269-982-3474; broadlowsfishinhole.com)
Luna Pier, MI**
Great walleye fishing at Luna Pier begins in the spring, when post-spawn fish leave the Maumee River and recover along the Michigan shoreline. Spring fishing from the long pier can be good night and day, says Frank Cortese, who runs Matthews Bait & Tackle in Monroe Township. Weight-forward spinners tipped with nightcrawlers, as well as casting spoons such as the Acme Kastmaster, are good lures. At night, jointed Bomber Long A's in the clown pattern (metallic gold with a red head) are hard to beat.
Spring into summer is also a good time to tussle with channel catfish, which come shallow and feed on live minnows and nightcrawlers, says Cortese. Anglers targeting cats with live bait frequently encounter smallmouths and crappies, too.