Lake St. Clair Catch and Release Opening Day 2010 Tomorrow

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for and it comes at a time when the bite is strong.  It’s the part of the season when a 100 fish day is not only possible, but expected.  The bass are still wide open on bait selection and presentation but there are methods which can keep us on more fish.

Suspended feed – suspended presentations

You can have an awesome day by fishing baits on the bottom but keep suspended presentations in mind.  Smallies will feed up off of the bottom this time of year and jerkbait, crankbait, drop-shot, wacky rig and bobber presentations take advantage of this.  One of  my favorites is the “whopper popper.” That’s a coined term for this popping bobber we use to make a commotion on the surface and get the attention of bass in the area.  With aggressive bass roaming and feeding in the mid-ranges of the depth the commotion isn’t as effective as it will be in June but a tube suspended under the bobber is.  I use a drop-shot tube with a 2/0 round ball jig under the bobber and the results are fantastic.  In the pre-spawn it’s a big fish presentation.

The near perfect weather is going to change for this weekend.  We’ve had light winds and blue bird skies off and on for the last two weeks.  Now we are looking at this:

Today(Friday): Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.
Tonight: ESE wind 5 to 10 kt. A chance of showers after 2am. Waves around 1 ft.
Saturday: ESE wind 9 to 15 kt. A chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 ft.
Saturday Night: E wind 12 to 18 kt. Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Waves 2 to 3 ft.
Sunday: ESE wind 15 to 21 kt. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Waves 3 to 4 ft.

On the U.S. side it can be less than comfortable with the east winds blowing but it can still be worth the effort.  On the plus side the bass are shallow and there are places to get out of the wind.  Launching inside of Metropolitan Park and fishing for largemouth in the canals can be a good option if things get really tough out there. Having a general plan before you go is always a good idea but the winds on Lake St. Clair don’t always behave the way we expect.  The only way to know for sure how things will be on the Lake is to stand on shore and size up the options.

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

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3 Responses to “Lake St. Clair Catch and Release Opening Day 2010 Tomorrow”

  1. Jerry Johnston Says:

    The opener was a great day on this side of the state. We talked a week ago Wayne and I spoke of a G3 tube with you. Well that was the ticket over here. I was out for 6 hours and even though it was windy I got on them and didn’t stop. I used one tube the 6 hours. Awesome bait. My go to bait that is a fact.

    Jerry

    • Wayne Carpenter Says:

      Great report Jerry. It sounds like Formula G3 is a confidence bait for you forever. I’m glad it held up too. It brings to mind the first time I used St. Clair Goby and ended up using one tube for a day and a half before a pike finally bit it off. There’s lot’s of season left and your off to a great start. Best of luck, Wayne

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