St Clair 2016 Water Levels 3 Feet Over 2015

February 8, 2016

In a month-by-month comparison, January 2016 water level numbers came in three feet above the same period in 2015. Also, the trend line for 2016 is moving up while during the same period last year it was going down.

St Clair Water Levels February 2016The water levels for January hold true to the projection given in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers monthly forecast bulletin for Lake St. Clair published today (February 8th). As of today, the forecast that was made in January showed an increase in the water levels and the report shows that the actual levels matched the projected levels exactly.

Looking forward you can see that it shows a two-foot drop in the water levels over 2015 by July, if you accept the projection for the rest of the year. So a three-foot increase in January may not result in an increase in the water levels during the height of the bass tournament fishing season.

Xtreme Bass Tackle at Outdoorama 2016

January 30, 2016

XBT Outdoorama GraphicIn a second exciting show of the young 2016 season Xtreme Bass Tackle™ will be bringing in a boatload of the tube that sold out in January, Sweet Green™. If you missed stocking up on the “top bait of 2015” come to Outdoorama to get them and more.

More includes the full line of Xtreme Bass Tackle products plus NEW No Secrets on Lake St. Clair™ seminars which will feature a newly launched website, St. Clair Report™. Anglers who want to stay on top of everything having to do with Lake St. Clair can now have a single source for the top news items plus fast access to tools to increase your catch. See more about the St. Clair Report™ in an upcoming blog.

The Outdoorama will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan on February 25th – 28th.



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Lake St Clair Bass Opener Days 2016

January 26, 2016

In this new era of year-round catch-and-release bass fishing, does “Opening Day” still matter? To many it does. Most definitely for the tournament angler who has to wait until the official opener to participate in an event where bass are brought back to be weighed in.

St Clair Opening Days 2016 Graphic Cropped“Opening Day” is also a metric that theoretically marks the end of the bass spawning period. The dates were set up with the intention of holding off the harvest of bass until the spawn was over. In a perfect world, the dates are very solid for marking the end of the spawn period in most of the State. In reality, the weather and most significantly, the temperature during the spring will either advance or slow down the timing of the spawn. It’s data that is worth keeping a close eye on.

Note: The waters that are contained around Lake St. Clair Metropark (from the mouth of the Black Creek back into the park) are considered inland waters.

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Lake St. Clair Water Levels Higher in 2016?

January 22, 2016

The Great Lakes water levels rise and fall in both long term and short term cycles. We are coming out of a low-level cycle and generally speaking, the waters are on the rise.


So what will the levels be this year? Below is a chart from the US Army Corps of Engineers which will show the forecast going forward into our fishing season:

St Clair Montly Levels Jan 2016

There is an upper and lower range to this forecast, but the green line gives us the best estimate of what we can expect. As it stands, the December numbers are nearly identical to the same period in 2014. From that point, the projected levels stay high for 2016.

We will continue in higher water conditions than we were in 2013 if we stay at the projected levels. The potential for higher levels than last year shows in the forecast and that is probably helped by the fact that we are on the upside of the water levels cycle.

This forecast is updated monthly, and you can check it at:


This type of information and more is used to generate data for the book, No Secrets on Lake St. Clair Vol. 3 and the Marked Map Series HD Complete (410 spots on Lake St. Clair in a laminated chart book)


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Pre Order Sweet Green™ by Xtreme Bass Tackle

January 14, 2016

Sweet Green OCPerhaps it was no surprise to some but the dominant tube bait of 2015, Sweet Green sold out at the Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit by 2:16pm on Saturday, January 9th. The intense bite that the smallmouth delivered on this bait was repeated right before our eyes by angler interest on the show floor.

An emergency order has been placed and now we wait…

The next opportunity to see this bait will be at the Outdoorama on February 25th – 28th then at the Ultimate Sports Show in Grand Rapids on March 17th– 20th.

We are taking advance orders and offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of 50 or more. If you would like to purchase an advance pack of 50 or 100 Sweet Green before they sell out again, click on one of the links below. (the shipping will be refunded after the purchase)

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The estimated time of delivery is March 12th. We will notify you of the progress as theis bait is being custom made, and delivered.


If you would like to purchase the bait at the Outdoorama or the Ultimate Sports Show Grand Rapids please email us at and we will send you a complimentary pass to get in the show.

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Xtreme Bass Tackle at Ultimate Fishing Show 2016

January 7, 2016

It’s that time of year and we will again be at the Ultimate Fishing Show in Novi, Michigan.


NEW TUBE BAIT – Sweet Green

NEW CRAW BAIT – Reaper Pakka Craw

Ultimate Bass Clinic – Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm Stage A, $25 admission

See Dan Kimmel (Great Lakes Bass), Bob “Jigger” Mann and Capt. Wayne for two hours of intense bass fishing education and training.

Buy tickets at the Xtreme Bass Tackle booth #2251

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair Seminar – Sunday 3:00pm Stage B, This exclusive seminar is only held once during this show. Come and hear about the state of bass fishing on Lake St. Clair and start putting together a plan of attack for 2016!


SALE! Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Info Pack, Best Ever! September 2015

September 14, 2015


September 2015 Sale


Marked Maps HD Complete (410 spot in laminate chart book – more info…)

Smallmouth Confidential (Guide level techniques to catch more smallmouth – more info…)

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair Vol. 3 (NEW RELEASE FOR 2015 – more info…)


FREE SHIPPING (credited after purchase)

FREE BAITS – Get a 5 pack of the new blockbuster tube of 2015, Sweet Green LE

St Clair Super Smallmouth Info Pack



CALL TOLL FREE: (877) 485-2223

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Canadian Mist Keeps on Rolling

July 29, 2015

We have new photos and confirmation that Xtreme Bass Tackle™ Canadian Mist continues to put fish in the boat. Thanks to Matt Kar (St. Catherines, Ontario), who although not disclosing the location of his catch has documented once again how Canadian Mist dominates the bait industry in catching smallmouth bass everywhere. Matt says that he primarily fishes the Niagara River, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. MattKar1 MattKar2 Thank you Matt for sharing this moment with us. Purchase Canadian Mist Tubes at Xtreme Bass Tackle or Call (877) 485-2223

St. Clair Smallmouth Liking New Tube Color: Sweet Green

May 12, 2015
Sweet Green OC

Xtreme Bass Tackle tube Sweet Green LE

Newly introduced in May of 2015, this tri-laminate tube has already made waves. Last weekend the Xtreme Bass Tackle™ staff took this limited edition bait out to play and got good results.

05-08-2015 Sweet Green BackwaterThe bite was slow on the Mile Roads so we moved down toward the Detroit River and found smallmouth bass cruising around everywhere that there was sand, rock and shallow water. Normally they chase down baits that are moving in the middle of the water column but not on the day we were there. As it turns out, they wanted the bait on the bottom and they wanted Sweet Green™. We ended up catching over half of our smallmouth on the 4″ Sweet Green™ tube.

The bait has a Formula G3™ back and Canadian Mist Lite™ belly that includes a chartreuse glow showing though the front half of the tube. The green pumpkin top and green glow on the bottom make up the dominant color of the bait. The highlight color and most likely the color trigger for this particular bait is the small purple flake that runs across the top and bottom along the full length of the tube.

05-08-2015 Sweet Green Ruins

Some of the backwater smallmouth were the biggest. Only 18″ but over 4 pounds

05-08-2015 Sweet Green Seawall

This Sweet Green smallmouth was brought up to the boat and the line broke off. Fifteen minutes later it was caught again and now he had two Sweet Green tubes in his mouth

“Visions of Canada glasses and Xtreme Bass Tackle new tubes helped me crush the big girls. Sweet day on the water!”

Not to be outdone, Canadian Pro Bob “Jigger” Mann and Capt. Mike McGrane took Sweet Green LE out a day later and generated action too. This first photo and text came in from Bob:

The next photo came in with a hefty smallmouth held up by Capt. Mike.

“Your new colour in drop-shot aggravated a lot of bass on their beds” Bob “Jigger” Mann

Looking to get your hands on some Sweet Green? Find them at:

Sportsman’s Direct 36072 Jefferson Ave, Harrison Twp., MI 48045 (586) 741-6052

Nautical Mile BP 9 Mile & Jefferson


ORDER AT: or call TOLL FREE at (877) 485-2223

Xtreme Bass Tackle April Update

April 9, 2015

What’s happening on Xtreme Bass Tackle?

It’s a great time of year for ordering quantities of baits! Inventory is high and variety is at its best level yet. Check out what’s available:

Jigs, Jigs, Jigs

JpromodtubeWRattle TubeGamakatsu tube jigs in 1/16oz, 1/8oz, 3/16oz, 1/4oz, 3/8oz, 1/2oz and 3/4oz

Gamakatsu rattle tube jigs in 1/4oz, 3/8oz and 1/2oz (only .99 cents each!)

Mustad tube jigs in 1/8oz, 3/16oz, 1/4oz, 3/8oz

Premium Tubes by Xtreme Bass Tackle

Erie Green PremiumXtreme Bass Tackle is carrying new colors in Premium Tubes. Check out the April selection:

Baby Bass (3 1/2″), Black with blue flake, Black with purple and blue flake, Black with gold flake, Black Neon with Chartreuse Pepper Tail, Bubblegum, Cotton Candy, Green Pumpkin Copper, Green Pumpkin Purple, Green Squash, Hal’s Honey, Irish Whiskey, Junebug, Melon Copper

Melon Red, Pumpkin Seed, Smoke Pepper, Pearl Sparkle, Erie Goby, Slither-X, Erie Green, Melon Purple/Green Pumpkin Purple tail

NEW FOR 2015

  Swim-X               Trick Worms                 Creature           New colors – X-Worm

SwimX White Silver Hologram e6 Trick WormBlack Blue Blue 3CRStock 5 1-2 X-Worm

In a variety of colors!

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair Vol. 3

NSV3 Front Cover ImageNewly released in January of 2015 this is the book that gives you bass fishing spots and the latest on the changes on Lake St. Clair. See these chapters:

Hot Spots – St. Clair Flats – Breakdown the Bite – Bob “Jigger” Mann

St. Clair Myths – What’s Your Game Plan? – and more…

Order it online, by phone (877) 484-2223 or find it at Sportsman’s Direct, 36072 Jefferson Ave, Harrison Twp, MI 48045

Note: If you are looking for 4″ Triple Threat you can find them at Nautical Mile BP at 9 Mile and Jefferson and Sportsman’s Direct at Jefferson and Ballard (near Crocker and the Cutoff DNR launch)

Order Xtreme Bass Tackle:, (877) 485-2223


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