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ICE-OUT BASS IN NORTHERN RIVERS

Most northern river systems feature both large mouth and small mouth bass, and the Upper Mississippi is no exception. The ice out period offers great opportunities for both, but each species acts a little differently when spring finally rolls around. In addition to warming water, the ice out period brings with it increased water levels, as the system swells with melt water from upstream. For ice out large mouth, the key is to follow the rise of the river. Large mouth predominantly winter in backwater lakes and […]

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Go North Young Man!

Chicago area fishermen!  Go north for the best fishing you can find anywhere! Some day when the fisher of men calls your number, consider yourself  fortunate if you’re granted your last wish to fish just one more time.  And if and when the opportunity presents itself, you just might want to make that last cast in the waters off the Door County Peninsula in northeastern Wisconsin. As more than one Great Lakes Salmon fisherman has commented, the Door County fishery can make you feel as if you […]

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Smallmouth (Sturgeon Bay Wis.)

If there is one place you should never miss if you like easy to catch, non-stop action for 2-7 lb Smallmouth Bass (who doesn’t) it has to be Sturgeon Bay, Door County Wisconsin in the month of May! Similar to largemouth bass, smallmouth bass males build the nests and provide all the parental care. Spawning begins in May when water temperatures are above 55°F. Nests are built in shallower waters and are constructed in gravel, coarse sand, or rock bottom. Males attract a female and herd her […]

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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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