Lake St. Clair – First Smallmouth

It was a new experience yet Linda put the first five bass in the boat like an expert

(We do get spoiled fishing Lake St. Clair. Smallmouth bass are the dominant species and the action on all species is going to keep things interesting. Some anglers come from out-of-state with a full array of largemouth skills and leave with smallmouth fever, more skills and plans to come back and do it again. Other anglers have the desire to get out on the big water but would like someone to build their confidence in spots and navigation then they take it from there. Another type of angler would just like to get out on the Lake with someone who has the knowledge and equipment to experience the best Lake St. Clair has to offer. Linda Bieschke had been talking about this trip for awhile and now the time has come for her to begin the narrative of the story about fishing Lake St. Clair that will start with her first smallmouth bass.)

To avoid the unstable weather forecast for Monday, Linda and I decided to set sail for the big lake on Sunday afternoon instead. Getting out on Lake St. Clair on a beautiful day when the fish are biting is something to look forward to and this day was no exception. Along the way we stopped off at “Jimmy’s” tackle shop to get a license for her and to pick up some terminal tackle. Memories of a long line of boats lined up outside of the launch waiting to get in (at Harley Ensign) were playing in my head until we pulled up to the entrance and saw that plenty of empty spots were available. It can be a struggle to negotiate the launch area at that point in the afternoon but we were able to get the boat in the water right away. So far, so good.

On our first spot I rigged up a 4″ St. Clair Crayfish tube for Linda and we began a slow drift as the winds pushed us toward shore. Linda picked up the mechanics of casting and retrieving an open faced spincasting outfit quickly even though this type of fishing was a new experience for her. The sparse weed on the flat did present a challenge though. Right away she was talking about the difference between the bait grabbing the weeds (a stalk of cabbage) or a bass grabbing the bait. It turned out to be a moot point though since she boated her first five bass without incident. The first bass was a largemouth which was fun but there was another species lurking out there which would put her new skills to the test: smallmouth bass.

She didn’t have to wait long until the smallie took the bait. It was clear something was different but what? The excitement of managing the bass began to sink in as the smallmouth broke the surface then continued to pull away from her. “It’s heavy,” she said with a raised voice while the pole bent closer to the water. She kept the rod tip high and kept the thrashing bass hooked long enough so that we could get a net on it. That’s the smallmouth in the photo: Linda’s first smallmouth bass May 30, 2010. It wasn’t her last one either as we stayed awhile longer to work the spot.

A second spot brought on more action but the rock bass had taken over. As we were about to pick up and leave Linda puts the St. Clair Crayfish tube to work once again and connects with a largemouth which led to another largemouth and so forth.

It would be nice to finish the evening out at one more spot so off we went. This was a deeper flat with sparse weed with bigger largemouth yet. The wind was dying down, the boat traffic was thinning out and the beautiful day was turning into a perfect evening. Right away I hooked up with our best largemouth of the day which took a 4″ Mayfly™ tube with a rattle jig. It took some time but Linda finally relented and gave up on the St. Clair Crayfish™ tube as Mayfly™ continued to put bass in the boat on back-to-back casts. It was a great ending to a very good day on Lake St. Clair.

For Linda, the adventure is just beginning…

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