Early Season Bass Fishing on Lake St. Clair – Looking Ahead

Now that temperatures have really broken in our favor it has become impossible to not think about what comes next: What do I have to do to get the boat ready to go out? Where would I go, what would I do? It really doesn’t matter as long as it’s out there somewhere.

As we get into the “catch and release” season for bass several things come to mind. The Selfridge area has always been a good starting point for me. The same goes for inside of the Black Creek and farther into Metro Beach Metropolitan Park. Thoughts of running up to Fair Haven sound about right to me too. That northern part of the lake should heat up first and be a degree or two warmer than the rest so the action tends to pick up there quicker as well.

Mike McGrane with a nice smallmouth

There’s no denying the Mile Roads. What’s really nice about those is the shear volume of fishable water. Once you find a zone you can usually sit in it and stay on the bite as long as you want to stay. In the very early season the bite on some flats can slow down as they get pressured but if the fish are on the break, the bite can last as long as you can.

Running down Grosse Pt. Shores is a real treat bass as stack up in the shallows and fishing is easy. The shallow rock gives us so many targets to cast to it adds to the fun. Seawalls, pilings and troughs also draw bass and give us visible structure to work with.

Running further north into the bays on Dickenson Island and Harsen’s Island can pay off also. That shallow water is protected better than most and heats up very quickly. In a cold water period large areas like that are as good as gold.

One of my favorite photos of Lowell Reich. Nobody has ever guessed the weight of this largemouth exactly but once, someone came close

One key feature is the largemouth bite. Although they can be caught all season long the largemouth during this period tend to run bigger, in larger numbers and are particularly easy to catch. They can be found in the main lake but corner seawalls, shoreline structure and flats just off the shoreline hold the numbers.

Getting our new baits out to test them works too. Although the bass are sluggish to bite at first, once the water temps start to climb the bite picks up and they will eat just about anything. It’s a great time to build confidence in a bait, see it perform then possibly make some adjustments to it like swapping out treble hooks on a crankbait or matching the right hook with a new plastic bait. New rods and reels get a workout too and by the time the tournament season rolls around we can get the bugs worked out of the equipment and be ready.

(c) Wayne Carpenter

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