Category Archives: Bass

Great Lakes Smallmouth Bass

On the Great Lakes, smallmouth and largemouth bass  move shallow in the spring to spawn and are easily located and enticed into biting before they go on the beds. After spawning, bass typically move out to deeper water, though there are almost always some bass, especially large mouths, in shallow water, usually associated with cover such as weed beds, fallen timber or boat docks. Perhaps America’s top game fish, bass are known for their spirited fight making them one of the most enjoyable catches for anyone. They […]

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Do Louder Lures Catch More Largemouth Bass?

Largemouth bass are opportunistic feeders. Preferring to lie in wait under a canopy of cover for the next meal to swim by, these fish possess heightened senses that are fine-tuned for efficiency. Bass living in thick vegetation rely on their inner ear and lateral to detect prey. crank up the decibel level to entice more bites. Unlike humans, bass have two sensors for detecting acoustical disturbances (sound) – the inner ear and lateral line. These two systems work independently of each other to hear and feel particle […]

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Hot Smallmouth Lake

Lake Wissota, Chippewa County Wisconsin is perhaps one of the best Smallmouth fishing lakes you will find. Over the past forty years, I have fished this lake many times. I have stayed in cabins, motels and the state campgrounds. There are several boat launches on the lake, and most are free. The surrounding towns are close and have many places to eat and shop. As far as the fishing goes, this lake is indeed a “Fish Hatchery!” It’s loaded with Walleye, Musky, Smallmouth Bass and all species of pan fish. […]

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Largemouth Bass

Common Names are:Largemouth bass, hughmouth bass, black bass, bucketmouth, green bass, largemouth black bass and mossback. What would your typical weekend fisherman fish for, if he did not have the largemouth  to fish for? Maybe crappies, bluegills or even the fighting CARP? I guess it depends on whether or not he is fishing for the fun, or for food, or maybe both. When you hear “BASS”, the first things that come to mind are probably lily pads, reeds, fallen trees and stumps. I personally think of warm […]

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Smallmouth Bass

Common names: black Bass, bronzeback, brown bass, green bass, smallie, smallmouth black bass, white or mountain trout….. The incredible smallmouth bass is said to be the strongest, wildest fighting fish for its size in warm fresh water! No other fish can match the aerial acrobatics displayed by a battling smallmouth. The smallmouth bass is closely related to the largemouth bass, yet the species differ in many ways. One is its appearance. The best way to tell the difference is to look at the dorsal fins. The smallmouth’s […]

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Locating Spawning Bass

Spawning bass can offer one of the most rewarding challenges an angler will face all year.  Many talk about how to catch spawning bass, but there’s not a lot out there that know how to locate them. It’s important to start with the understanding that lakes usually spawn in stages. The spawn starts up the rivers, in the backs of creeks and in the backwaters. When the spawn’s ending in these areas, it can be starting down on the main lake. On the main lake, you can […]

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The Incredible Smallmouth Bass

Pound for pound the mighty Smallmouth bass is probably the best fighting fresh water fish on the Planet!  This time of year it gets a little tough finding and catching them! After sun-down is about your best bet. 1. Think cool water. Smallies want to eat in a cool place. That means deeper water, regardless of what deep measures in your local lake or river, even after dark. The top foot or so of water might cool a couple of degrees when the sun goes down, but […]

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Hot Weather Smallmouth

Pound for pound the mighty Smallmouth Bass is probably the best fighting fresh water fish on the Planet!  When the weather warms up it gets a little tough finding and catching them! After sun-down is about your best bet. 1. Think cool water. Fish want to eat in a cool place. That means deeper water, regardless of what deep measures in your local lake or river, even after dark. The top foot or so of water might cool a couple of degrees when the sun goes down, […]

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Lake Michigan Smallmouth

  Haven’t done much smallmouth fishing on the big pond! At any rate here is a link you can use to know exactly where to fish for the hardy devils! Some Lake Michigan anglers still do not know the difference between a Smallmouth Bass and a Largemouth Bass: With so many fish and chances at really big fish, what more can an angler ask for? How about a few accolades for one of the big pond’s most under-utilized fishing opportunities, a phenomenal fishery that is finally getting […]

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