2. Lake St. Clair, Michigan
[430 square miles]
St. Clair previously enjoyed the top spot in the Northeast region. A strong case can be made that it should still be ranked No. 1. A major professional tournament was held on St. Clair in late June 2018. The winner amassed a four-day total of 20 bass that weighed 97 pounds, 8 ounces. Every angler who finished in the Top 10 weighed in more than 80 pounds of smallmouth.
The excellent largemouth fishing on this picturesque body of water is often overlooked due to the trophy smallmouth that abound here.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources collected the results from 60 bass tournaments on St. Clair in 2018. The data, compiled by fisheries biologist Tom Goniea, revealed that the average number of anglers per event was 42. They caught 12,741 bass with over a third of those fish (3,669) weighing over 4 pounds. The average big bass per tournament weighed 5.06 pounds, with the heaviest bass weighing 6.73 pounds.