We were getting a good supply of three pound smallies today but then ran in to a couple of fish that didn’t know that we were bass fishing. The first was a 38″ pikc caught on a 4″ St Clair Crayfish tube. It was a good fight that lasted long enough that we thought it might be a musky. The next cast I switched over to a 4″ Xtreme Bass Tackle Alewife tube and hooked up with this channel cat that went clearly over 20 pounds. This fight lasted for at least 15 minutes and we couldn’t quite tell what kind of fish it was. In this case I was using a spincast rod that was freshly spooled up with a monofilament that I was trying; Berkley Solutions 10 pound test. I have to say that the line held up perfectly. It was the first channel cat that I have caught on Lake St. Clair. It was a very good day!
Tom Billings comes up for a fun trip this weekend and in spite of some high winds and boat chop manages to put together a livewell full of smallmouth at 4 1/2 lbs. or better all caught on the Xtreme Bass Tackle St. Clair Goby NFT drop-shot tube.
Although the river is your traditional pick for big fish this time of year he was able to get all of those bass in the Lake and on the U.S. side. That’s good news for any bass angler who is coming to Lake St. Clair to compete, or just enjoy this fishery!
Day two of Tom’s trip on Lake St. Clair he continued to catch smallmouth but then hooked the biggest fish of his life. This Middle Channel sturgeon was estimated to be 6 ft. long and took one hour to bring up to the boat. See video of the fight (not the whole hour of course) at Facebook (click on this link).
Every year we go through a cycle which starts with “ice out” and continues through the summer period we have now where the smallmouth begin to occupy the St. Clair River. I was out today with Lowell Reich working the St. Clair River and came up with this…a five pound plus smallmouth! Marked Maps Live! customers can log in and see exactly where this smallmouth was caught and under what conditions. The photo might not be great but this bass was. It fought every way it could below and above water and provided us with a great moment to share about a day on Lake St. Clair!
Go to Hastings Marine in Norwood, Ontario to get the tubes you need to catch those finicky smallmouth! The store is freshly stocked with tournament proven colors like Triple Threat™, St. Clair Crayfish™, Formula G3™, Canadian Mist and more. Fill up those tubes with Mustad Ultrapoint 4/0 black nickel round bend hooks while you are at it too!
We welcome Hastings Marine to the Xtreme Bass Tackle family!
That’s right! Tonight on WJOB at 6:30pm (7:30pm est) I will be talking Lake St. Clair and smallmouth bass fishing tactics on the “Stray Casts” radio show. Call in your questions at (219) 845-1100. You can stream the broadcast at this website: http://www.wjob1230.com/
This bass opener on Lake St. Clair is sporting large numbers of catchable smallmouth and largemouth. In a year where many were predicting a late season after a long, harsh winter we seem to be right on schedule. By design, opening day is designed to coincide with the end of the spawn and the advent of the post-spawn period. That’s right where we are.
Some environmental factors like weed growth and early migration patterns for birds have run behind. There are many spots that should have mature weed on them by now and they don’t. It hasn’t affected the bass though. Arguably, opening day is one of the most difficult to fish for high weight and this year is no exception.
East winds over the last couple of days plus north winds this weekend haven’t slowed the bite down much. The numbers are there but some presentations like topwater might be weak for smallmouth. Water quality is good to excellent in most spots.
Fishing pressure will most likely hit a new high this weekend. The normal array of large tournaments are in play but a good number of club tournaments from all over will fill the Lake as well.
Canadian Mist continues to be the “go to” bait for this body of water but keep some St. Clair Crayfish on hand as well. It just sold out at the BP store at 9 Mile and Jefferson and we have to restock them right away. That tells us something about the bite! As we move in to the mayfly hatches keeping some Xtreme Bass Tackle Mayfly can be an excellent choice as well. Fish it “wings up” or “wings down.”
If you are fishing down river don’t forget to stop in at the Bait & Tackle Box on Jefferson and Grosse Isle Parkway in Trenton for your Xtreme Bass Tackle needs.
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Tom Billings is rolling with his pattern from last year and this year continues to hunt down big smallies on Lake St. Clair. This spring cold conditions and east winds have been keeping the bite down but no longer, as we see with Tom’s latest monster smallmouth (5 1/2 pounds) to add to his Lake St. Clair photo gallery. Boating a nice smallmouth like this comes down to good seasonal timing, excellent spot selection, skill and picking the right bait like the Xtreme Bass Tackle St. Clair Crayfish tube that you see in the photo.
Not to be outdone, Tom’s partner Steve Pierce had no problems boating some sweet bass of his own.
With a catch rate around 60 to 70 bass today, Tom and his friend Steve Pierce found it to be worth the trip from Chesterton, Indiana. It wasn’t just bass either. It was a respectable multi-species day as well. The following photos tell the rest of the story:
It looks like the slow period is over and the hot bite is on. Come on over to Lake St. Clair…the water is fine!
Alewife is the latest in a relentless effort on the part of Xtreme Bass Tackle to bring the very best competitive tools in the field of competitive bass fishing. If the year 2013 taught us one thing about the feeding habits of smallmouth bass, they were feeding at the surface and in the mid-ranges of the water column like rarely seen before. Their prey…the alewife!
During research outings we cast at schools of bass chasing minnows to the surface. With the baits that we had available we had limited success. We could see the big bass but most of the time they would pass up what we were offering. The ones we did catch would throw alewife up on the deck of the boat. That’s when I decided a new bait design would be the advantage we were looking for.
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Don’t miss the upcoming episode of the Lake St. Clair Fishing Show as we talk about the fall conditions and how to make the big adjustment from summer. “Mr. Big Fish,” Frank Keller and I take you through our day where we fished against some of the toughest conditions imaginable. You can see how we switched up spots, presentations and species to put together a decent catch.
It also comes with a bonus segment! Frank and I went out on Tuesday and did better yet…tune in this week Friday and see at:
Get a preview of the show that will be posted sometime during the day on Friday…