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Discussion in 'Michigan Flyway Forum' started by bluemarlin08, Jan 31, 2017.
Any smallmouth fishermen ?
Yep, I spend at least 20 days a year in the north 1/3 of Michigan chasing brown bass.
Dreamed about fishing there and have some questions. How steep a learning curve to learn. Can't afford a guide but for a day and thinking about renting a boat. When is optimum time to plan on coming. Live in Tennessee and mostly fish for smalljaws wading streams.
Know what needs to do with Largemouth, do the same with Smallmouth basically.
Michigan is blessed with great waters, the lower mouth of the Detroit river meets with Lake Erie and you have the Grosse Ile, to fish around and it canals, then get up into the Lake St. Clair, shallow water and nice reef sections to hit, up into the St. Clair River to Lake Huron, with it firm rocky bottom, but fast current. Might be tricky for non-residents due to the current and being a International border [same as Detroit]. hug the coastline north to the THUMB and round it into the Saginaw Bay, Now you have some better bass & Walleye fishing. A little treacherous especially with a NE wind or SEVERE Thunderstroms coming from the West.
Next great spot is the Traverse Bay, nice rocky shore, great drop-off and three-pounders or better, with walleye and northern Pike as a bonus.
Limited knowledge of the west coast of the Lower Peninsula and the UP, but there are good spot to try.
Non-resident license for is &68.00 for year, 24 or 72 hour [continuous hours] are: $10.00 & $30.00
Consider too, the ohio waters of Lake Erie and the islands and Marblehead Peninsula, rocky shore and reefs that support the baitfish adn caryfish that Smallmouth LOVE.
$40.00 is non-resident lisence for entie year.
An alternate is consider the Lake Erie Islands and Marblehead Peninsula of Ohio, Non-resident license is $40.00 for year.ice