If you're looking to catch massive numbers of trophy smallmouth, you owe it to yourself to take a trip to the Great Lakes region. Over the last two years, the Bassmaster Elite Series has shown the world that this part of the work is an incredibly prolific smallmouth paradise.
Mark Burgess, who learned to fish on New England smallmouth factories like New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, says not all smallmouth bass are created equal
Deb Johnson Blogs about Elite Series rookies, Wellman, and the Central Opens
At the Elite Series level this game is all mental. The thing that sets us apart is confidence; the ability to believe that what we're doing will put us on winning bass in the long run.
The Northern Open on the Detroit River was a disaster for me. I marked fish in practice, but when I went back during competition, I couldn't catch a thing.
Invasive species are nothing new. A non-native creature gets introduced to the environment, throwing the natural system out of whack and causes a lot of problems.
Read about how the experts are assessing the recent invasions of the quagga mussel and the steps they are taking to combat the exotic shellfish.
For more than 40 years, B.A.S.S. and the grass-roots B.A.S.S. Federation Nation have remained focused on issues related to fisheries and aquatic resource conservation.