What makes for a trophy smallmouth bass? I’ve thought a lot about that over the years. I don’t think you can answer that question unless you know where the fish was caught.
After a very rough event at Toyota Trucks All-Star Week, I headed south to Springfield, Mo., to participate in Tracker Marine’s Media Days at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake.
Once restricted to a fairly narrow geographic range, smallmouth bass are now close to just about every angler on the continent.
Fishing on the Bassmaster Elite Series is a tremendous learning experience. The most important thing that I have learned this year is that I have to fish my strengths to be successful.
Hurricane Isaac has mostly left the Gulf Coast and is headed inland. As bad as it was in the Coast, it’ll be seriously beneficial to us smallmouth anglers. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that the next week or 10 days might be some of the best fishing we’ve seen in years.
It seems that the entire country is in a major drought right now, and Michigan is no exception.
I’ve always preferred larger spinning reels than most anglers. While the majority use the “30” size for their finesse fishing, I’ve leaned toward Quantum’s “40” size for most of my spinning tackle applications.
As the competitors filed into Lake St. Clair Metropark this morning to launch on the first day of this year’s second Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open, it appeared to be somewhat of a reverse snowbird migration.
I’ve been fishing for smallmouth bass for 30-plus years, yet I’m amazed how they can have different, little idiosyncrasies within the same region. Lake Michigan and the Green Bay Challenge served yet another example. I’ve fished Traverse Bay on the eastern side of the lake for years, yet the smallmouth don’t react the same. The weather in Green Bay also threw us a surprise.
As most of you know, I fish a lot on the Great Lakes. There’s no doubt in my mind that they’re the best smallmouth fisheries on the planet.