Lake St Clair Ice Reports February 2016

February 22, 2016

St Clair Report Logo EnhancedYou can start getting up-to-date information on Lake St. Clair bass fishing at www.stclairreport.com. This website is designed to keep anglers apprised of changes in the Lake, fishing pressure, tournaments, landmarks, news stories, links and more. The site is owned and operated by Capt. Wayne Carpenter who has a passion for getting the word out about this world class bass fishery.

Right now there are a couple of reports from Bob “Jigger” Mann Sr. about the ice conditions on the South Shore of Lake St. Clair in Canada. Bob has documented the state of the shoreline and has thrown in some pointers about what we this might mean for our bass fishing spots in 2016.

Bob Mann Ice 2-20-2016

Bob “Jigger” Mann Sr. stands on the South Shore of Lake St. Clair in Canada 02-20-2016

CLICK HERE TO GO TO WWW.STCLAIRREPORT.COM

Seminar: No Secrets on Lake St. Clair 2016

February 20, 2016

Wayne 4-15 with Capt. Mike 2 600Get this inside scoop on what has been happening with Lake St. Clair bass fishing and what to expect this year.

  • How has the dramatic rise in the water levels over the last few years changed the fishing.
  • Why is the smallmouth bass bite different?
  • Is there anything else you need to know that can improve the numbers and size of smallmouth you catch this year?

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Learn to use the power of “trends” to your advantage. Be in the right place at the right time by knowing big water seasonal smallmouth migration patterns. Know how to adjust to weather trends and fluctuations in water temperature.

Find out about the NEW St. Clair Report website which has tools, links and current news that will put you on top of information critical to your success on this body of water. Have fast access to marine weather, satellite imaging, internet chart of Lake St. Clair, hot links to current issues in fishing, news about local events, tips about fishing Lake St. Clair and more.

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05-08-2015 Sweet Green SeawallThis seminar is given by Capt. Wayne Carpenter, who has been dedicated to getting the information out about Lake St. Clair through books (No Secrets on Lake St. Clair series), maps, blogs and through a product line of tube baits custom designed through research on what the smallmouth on Lake St. Clair want. Enjoy his “no holds barred” approach to getting to getting the word out about the smallmouth bass in this world class fishery.

Outdoorama No Secrets on Lake St. Clair Seminar Times

Thursday, February 25

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair 2016  05:00 pm06:00 pm Stage C

Friday, February 26

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair 2016 01:30 pm02:30 pm Stage C
No Secrets on Lake St. Clair 2016 04:30 pm05:30 pm Stage C

Saturday, February 26

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair 2016 12:00 pm01:00 pm Stage B

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair 2016 07:30 pm08:30 pm Stage C

Outdoorama 2016 Novi, Michigan

February 16, 2016

XBT Outdoorama GraphicWhether it’s hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, mushroom hunting or bird watching, this show has plenty to offer. The Outfitter’s Expo area along with major feature attractions like Big Buck Night and the Trout Pond provide the best place to book the trip of a lifetime or entertain the family. In addition, with a huge display of boats, docks and lifts, and marine accessories, this show is the best place to shop for new boats and accessories. Outdoorama is a must-see for everyone who loves the outdoors.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE OUTDOORAMA WEBSITE

SEMINARS

How to Catch Walleyes Wherever You Go Mark Martin

The Art of Calling Deer Tom Richardson

Muskie Trolling Tactics Proven by Homer LeBlanc Capt. Kevin Backus

Techniques and Beyond in Gun Dog Training Len Jenkins

Ultimate Land Management Tony LaPratt

The “411” on Walleye Mark Romanack Stage B

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair 2016 Capt. Wayne Carpenter

Marvelous Mutts Dog Agility Act

Use Buck Behavior to Your Benefit Fred Abbas

Turkey Hunting and the Life Cycle of the Wild Turkey Seth McCullough

Detroit River Walleye Basics Capt. Lance Valentine

Big Buck Night

Land Management with Ultimate Deer Kill Plots Ed Spinazzola

Total Alaska on a Budget Dave Rose

Getting Jiggy for Walleye Jake Romanack

Trolling Muskies on Lake St. Clair Capt. Mike Pittiglio

Huron Valley Duck Calling Contest

Deer Processing Demo with Country Smoke House

Exploit How Whitetails Use the Wind Jason Herbert

Trolling Boot Camp – Basics and Beyond Clinic Capt. Lance Valentine

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SEMINAR SCHEDULE

Baits That You Can Have Confidence In

February 13, 2016
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Another one of Jeff Ferraiuolo’s monster smallmouth caught on a Sweet Green tube

There is a difference between having a “confidence bait” and a bait that you can have confidence in. A confidence bait is one that you throw all year long, the bait that you “go to” in tough fishing conditions, the bait that you wouldn’t go out on the water without. A bait that you can have confidence in is one that has proven itself to be effective in the field.

Here is a short list of baits that you can have confidence in:

  • Spinnerbaits
  • Topwater
  • Crankbaits
  • Spinbaits
  • Tubes
  • Worms
  • Soft plastics

There is absolutely no doubt that each of these baits work out on the water. It is also a pretty good bet that not all of these are confidence baits for you. You probably have confidence that these baits are a better choice under certain conditions. Take topwater for instance. A tube might be your confidence bait but if you are launching at “first light,” a topwater bait might be your first selection.

So how about an entire product line that you can have confidence in?

How many times have you gone to a lake to fish and have found a product line that was specifically designed for that exact lake? Xtreme Bass Tackle tubes have been developed for over 15 years in the testing laboratory that we call Lake St. Clair. Through field testing, the winners have risen to the top of the list of available tube colors, and the losers have gone by the wayside. What you have left are baits that you can have confidence in when you fish Lake St. Clair.

Here is how they break down:

CRAYFISH IMITATORS

SCCraw4WSt. Clair Crayfish™ – Top seller since 2008, strong for smallies and largemouth. Can be used in conjunction with Canadian Mist as a companion bait. Active bite all year long. Good in shallow and deep water.

XBTWCDesignSandCrawWASand Craw™ – A sleeper bait that has been known to light up the smallmouth on the South Shore and at Strawberry Ridge. Works best around sand or sand/rock structure combinations. A solid second string alternative when your confidence baits aren’t being bit.

XBTWCDesignBrownCrawWABrown Craw™ – It is rising in popularity and tough to keep in stock. If you are targeting bass that are feeding on crayfish, this gives you another color to present to a school of smallmouth. The natural muted tone of the plastic is highlighted by small copper flake.

GreatLakesCrawOWhiteLightGreat Lakes Craw™ – A proven tournament money maker and a favorite of Bob “Jigger” Mann Sr, a Canadian fishing professional. The drop-shot version of this bait is strong for big fish.

GOBY IMITATORS

SCGOWhiteLightSt. Clair Goby Classic™ – The tube that revolutionized the laminated bait industry by introducing color flake in the laminate. It still performs to this day and is known as a big fish bait.

LSCNFT FinalSt. Clair Goby NFT™ – The gobies have changed in color and this redesign “matches the hatch.” This bait is almost impossible to beat in either a drop-shot tube or a 4” tube. The highlight flake in the laminate is small purple.

Erie GobyErie Goby – This design that is based on gobies from Lake Erie is strong for schooling smallmouth on Lake St. Clair. The two top flake colors to have in a plastic bait for bass are purple and copper and this bait has both.

MuskegonGobyScanEditedMuskegon Goby™ – Although designed off of the gobies in Muskegon Lake this sister to St. Clair Goby NFT™ is very effective on Lake St. Clair in the morning. It has copper flake in the top whereas St. Clair Goby NFT™ has purple in the top. There are times when the bass will like one better than the other.

BAIT FISH IMITATORS

Alewife Tube WhiteAlewife™ – There has been a real shift in the way smallmouth eat on Lake St. Clair, and they have been driving schools of alewife to the surface. This bait was made to take advantage of that.

EshNFTEmerald Shiner (by Reaper Products) – This is the grandfather of the laminate bait explosion. It’s longevity speak to how effective that is has been.

Great Lakes Perch™ – This bait design was two GLPWyears in the making but it was worth it. Attention to detail in both the dominant and highlight colors in perch forage has made this a performer for catching big fish. It is one of the baits that you want to throw to hook up with big fish. Largemouth bass have an unusually strong appetite for it as well.

INSECT IMITATOR

MayflyTubeProfileMayfly™ – This bait plays an important part in the story of the Lake St. Clair experience. The mayflies will come and change the bite for around a month and a half of a very short season. This bait was designed around the best elements the bass were looking for in emerging mayflies. As it turns out, it is a bait that is effective year round.

PROVEN THROUGH FIELD TESTING

Sweet Green OCSweet Green™ – The blockbuster bait of 2015 out-fished everything else and continues to sell out due to demand. It has what smallmouth crave, and that is purple flake combined with a Formula G3 laminate and see-through green belly.

SMgpOWhiteLightCanadian Mist – This legendary bait has been the best seller of all time not because it is popular, but because it catches bass everywhere and anglers keep coming back for more. Use it on Lake St. Clair when conditions are at their worst or at their best. This color is known for drop-dead consistency!

GPchpurOWFormula G3™ (by Reaper Products) – This is the second best color of all time and besides being highly sought after by anglers in the drop-shot tube and 4” tube, has a real “big fish” bite on the 5” tube.

DMTinselWSlither™ – In early spring and up until mid-June this bait fishes even stronger than Canadian Mist. The gold sliver flake embedded in the dark melon plastic makes it one of the most natural tubes in the melon family. It works everywhere.

So by all means, take your confidence bait out on Lake St. Clair and have fun with the smallmouth in this world class fishery. If you stock up with Xtreme Bass Tackle baits that you can have confidence in, you can also load up the boat with an entirely new batch of smallmouth. Baits that smallmouth have told us prefer on this body of water.

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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.

CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOADABLE COUPON FOR THURSDAY OR FRIDAY ADMISSION

CLICK HERE TO PREORDER 4″ SWEET GREEN

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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.

FOR MORE ON LONG TERM AND SHORT TERM GREAT LAKES CYCLES CLICK HERE TO SEE A PAPER FROM TEACH.GLIN.NET

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:

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE GREAT LAKES MONTHLY LEVELS FORECAST

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)

CLICK HERE TO GO TO XTREMEBASSTACKLE.COM TO PURCHASE THE BOOK, MAPS AND CUSTOM BAITS

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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.

COMPLIMENTARY PASS TO GET INTO THE OUTDOORS SHOW

If you would like to purchase the bait at the Outdoorama or the Ultimate Sports Show Grand Rapids please email us at combatfishingguy@gmail.com 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.

Highlights

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!