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Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Lake Michigan {pics}

Old 06-08-2012, 06:22 AM
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Default Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Lake Michigan {pics}

I recently returned from a Smallmouth Bass fishing trip about 4 hours away from my residence in the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan. The trip was incredible with some awesome scenery and spectacular fishing. I have been spoiled in the past, so I was hoping for a slightly bigger class of fish, but had a great time none the less. This was my first trip to this area and my first time on Smallmouth in the big water.

The spawning fish exit the big water and make their way into these bays and "ponds" to spawn in 1 to 4 FOW. I caught and released several fish from beds and on day 2 found a large school of feeding fish in the big water.

Bed fish on a tube.

Note the bed in the background. Smallmouth are very agressive when on their beds, not as shy or passive as Largemouth.

In order to get on these fish, a great deal of hardwork had to be put in. We were hiking and wading 3-5 miles in to get to these fish, only accessible by foot or boat. After a 5 mile wade, my girlfriends first cast brought her biggest fish of the trip to hand.

This area was on the big water and was on of the most incredible sights I have seen. At this point I had a school of over 100 feeding Smallmouth in front of me and proceeded to catch them 14 casts in a row and over 40 fish without moving 10 feet.

I caught a few fish tagged by the MDNR and have turned in the information, waiting to hear more from them.

This female was my biggest of the trip, just over 4.5 pounds. As I said, I have caught several 5s, 6s, and one Smallmouth a touch over 7 lbs, but every casts leaves me wanting another bite.

This was my girlfriends first double on a crankbait, when I was in that feeding school of fish I was lucky enough to bring a double to hand and another that shook the hook at my hand.

All in all, very fortunate to have made this trip and experience the fun we had!

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Old 06-08-2012, 09:55 AM
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That's how it's done!

When you work to get to the fish, it makes even more worthwhile. Especially when you do it all spending time with the gf. Mine doesn't like to fish.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:51 AM
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Looks like an awesome trip. Great pics too.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:23 PM
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Thats awesome BH14, fantastic trip! The colors of the fish vary a lot which is interesting. Congrats again on yours and your GF's awesome fish, something to be VERY proud of!
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:13 AM
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Congrats on your success buckhunter! It is nice to have your girlfriend enjoying it as well. It looks like a nice area to me and some great pics! Thanks for sharing them with us. The grassy area looks like the flowage here.
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Old 06-09-2012, 01:42 PM
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Thank-you very much for the replies, guys! I have made a short video, mind you it is amateur work, but a nice little touch. It gives you an idea fo the fishing and how spectacular it was. I have never uploaded a video so let me know if it works. The upload quality is quite poor for some reason too.



I don't believe this link worked, sorry.


This is a link to it on facebook, although I don't know how it will view with my privacy settings.

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