Lake St. Clair Combat Bass Fishing™ – Bite INDICATORS

The word INDICATORS is one used frequently in the books and articles I write.  It’s a great way of thinking when trying to figure out how the bass are going bite on any given day, or in a given situation.  They are the key you looking for to quickly unlock the secrets of the trend bass are in.

Cottonwood seed

When the cottonwood starts flying I use that as an INDICATOR that the topwater bite is on for Lake St. Clair.  It’s just one of those things that has worked out over a long period of time and that I’ve come to rely on.  If you can’t seem to get the bass to bite that’s a good INDICATOR that the post-spawn period has begun.  Seeing schooling bass feeding voraciously after that period has started tells you that we are coming to the end of it and heading into the summer bite.  Having to place the boat into a specific position relative to the structure you’re fishing and/or pulling the bait around only one side of a structure and/or only being able to use one specific color to catch bass is an INDICATOR that the summer bite has taken hold.

One way to add to your personal library of INDICATORS is to log your catches from year-to-year.  As you thumb through a log book or sort it on a computer, specific trends will show up.  The easiest trend to track and to match up with catch rates is water temperature.  Most bass anglers key on this single piece of data and get a lot of mileage out of it.  If you really want to expand on what works best for you take the log and start comparing water temperature with another type of data like baits.  You will begin to see specific time periods where the baits turn on and when they turn off.

If you are looking for that kind of logged information for Lake St. Clair you can find it on the Fishing Spot Specs™ website.  This powerful search engine can extract INDICATORS from multiple combinations of fishing, weather and water data and sift through both current Live! information and historical records.

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

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2 Responses to “Lake St. Clair Combat Bass Fishing™ – Bite INDICATORS”

  1. stephenhpeters Says:

    I have never heard of this as an indicator before. The cottonwood seeds are flying here in Connecticut. Thanks for the info. Check out my fishing blog at

    • Wayne Carpenter Says:

      OK, now there’s another way to do this: When the cottonwood seeds are flying in Connecticut the smallmouth on Lake St. Clair are… This can be a lot of fun an I appreciate your comments. Spooled Reel is a great blog for anybody interested in fishing. Thanks for linking up to BTTF. I’m putting SR up on my favorite links and will encourage others to check it out.

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