Posts Tagged ‘fishing hot spots’

Lake St. Clair Serves up Big Smallmouth to “Jigger” on Canadian Mist

May 10, 2013

Early season fishing can be fun with numbers and it’s also the time to pick up some of the biggest smallmouth bass that you’ll see all season.  On a trip this week (May 7th, 2013) Bob “Jigger” Mann Sr. (Canada) was throwing an Xtreme Bass Tackle 4″ Canadian Mist tube on the U.S. side and picked up this beauty on his second cast.


Bob was fishing at the bottom end of Lake St. Clair (Michigan) around the area near Windmill Point.  Marked Map HD owners can find out where this smallmouth was caught by looking up spot #9 on the Windmill Point Marked Map.  Marked Maps Live! subscribers can see Jigger’s “Live!” report posted for 5/7/2013.

While he was fishing, a freighter ran aground nearby.  Bob took some time out of his busy fishing day to snap off this picture.


After the picture was taken he was busy for the next couple of days with CBC radio and CBC TV talking about the event.  His pictures were used on TV and on the radio station website (‎) for May 8th.

Thanks for the report Bob!  Keep ’em coming!

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Lake St. Clair Bass Opener 2013 (Catch and Release)

April 26, 2013

It’s been a long wait but tomorrow morning we can all load up our boats, our tackle and go chase smallies once again!  Of course this spring is a wide departure from the one that we had last year.  We’ll have to fish a little slower and because of the marginal water conditions, a little closer to structure when possible.

Keep in mind that the bass tend to feed in the mid ranges of the water column during this period so although you may do fine catching them off of the bottom, pulling a very slow moving crankbait at about 1/2 the depth can be deadly.

Color can make a difference on the margins but for the most part, the bass will eat just about anything right now.  I am reminded of one trip though with my good friend Chuck, where he smacked me around pretty good by putting a black worm on a jig head this time of year.  If you are a float ‘n fly fan or fish my drop-shot tubes under a bobber, I would recommend that too.

NEW FOR 2013!Marked Maps Live!™ now has a Pre-fish category that is being used to point out spots in the system where the bass have been seasonally strong, based on Combat Bass Fishing data.  If you are a Marked Maps owner you can subscribe to this live information service which now has the Pre-fish category and have the best information available for bass anglers on Lake St. Clair.

Nautical Mile BP is freshly stocked with Xtreme Bass Tackle baits!  Look for the best selection of XBT baits around at 9 Mile and Jefferson!

More baits than ever on the Xtreme Bass Tackle website!

NEW FOR 2013:

Tri-Laminate Tube – Bluegill

Reaper Products tube – Violet Shiner


Rattle Jigs


Red Dirt Spinnerbaits


Clearance Section


and more…

See you on the water tomorrow…

Capt. Wayne Carpenter

(877) 485-2223


410 Lake St. Clair Bass Fishing Spots in Marked Maps HD Complete

June 23, 2012

Fishing the big water just got a lot easier with Lake St. Clair Marked Maps HD Complete™.  With 27 laminated maps assembled into a single chart book this NEW product release has already made an impact for anglers who are serious about crushing the learning curve and getting up to speed on Lake St. Clair smallmouth bass in a hurry.

The new Marked Maps HD Complete chart book released for sale on 06/09/2012

With “Spot Level Detail™” for 410 spots in both the U.S. and Canada you can get instant access to over a decade of compiled Combat Bass Fishing information for the following areas:

  • Fair Haven
  • New Baltimore
  • Selfridge
  • Strawberry Island
  • Metro Beach
  • The Mile Roads
  • Grosse Point Shores
  • Windmill Point
  • Askins Point
  • The Belle Hump
  • Stoney Point
  • Mitchell’s Bay
  • The Stakes 2
  • The Stakes 1
  • The Firecracker
  • St. Clair Light
  • Lower South Channel
  • Upper South Channel
  • Upper North Channel
  • Lower North Channel
  • The Sni
  • Upper Middle Channel
  • Middle Middle Channel
  • Lower Middle Channel
  • Russel Island North
  • Fawn Island South
  • Fawn Island

To order your set of Marked Maps™ visit the Xtreme Bass Tackle website or call TOLL FREE (877) 485-2223

Registered owners of a previous version of Marked Maps Series #1 or Series #2 are eligible for a trade-in discount

Lake St. Clair Fishing Reports Pouring in to Marked Maps Live!™

June 22, 2012

A snapshot of today’s Marked Maps Live! report

Marked Map Series™ owners are getting a great look at the action on Lake St. Clair via Marked Maps Live!™  As Combat Bass Fishing™ staff and myself are working the water we are also working to get you the most timely and complete bass fishing information available.  In the graphic you can see what part of a Marked Maps Live!™ report looks like but what you don’t see are the remainder of the reports across the rest of the 27 map set.  There are reports from the South Channel, Middle Channel, North Channel and more!

Marked Maps Live!™ is a live bass fishing information service available to registered owners of the Marked Map Series™ maps sold by Xtreme Bass Tackle and compiled by myself, Capt. Wayne Carpenter. The color coded spots correspond with spots marked on the maps and tell you if there were zero fish caught on the spot on that given day, average bass or tournament quality bass!

The new Marked Maps HD Complete chart book released for sale on 06/09/2012

The new Marked Maps HD Complete™ chart book update has just been finished two weeks ago and is now available for sale.  Each map shows a section of Lake St. Clair or the St. Clair River and is marked with proven bass fishing spots by number.  Corresponding “Spot Level Detail™” is given for each of the 410 spots in the 27 map set and in many cases, GPS coordinates are included.  It’s a great way to get a fast start on this big body of water.

To order call TOLL FREE at:

           (877) 485-2223
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Fishing, Baits and Bass – Key BTTF Blogs

May 2, 2012

Below is a short list of the best Bass to the Future™ blogs that can bring you up-to-date quickly on Lake St. Clair information, Xtreme Bass Tackle™ baits, Fishing techniques and great stories:

NEW FOR 2012

NEW 4″ Tube for 2012: Triple Threat™ at Kentucky Lake

NEW Lake St. Clair Marked Map Series #1 HD™ Chart Book


Trenton, MI – The Bait and Tackle Box

St. Clair Shores, MI – XBT at Nautical Mile BP Tackle Shop


No Pattern at All

How To Fish a Tube Bait – Speedloading

Drop-Shot Tube Strategy

The Color Shift is On

Tube Trailers – Advanced  Bass Fishing Techniques

Bass Fishing Tips – More Bass with Rattles and Scent?

6/0 Hooks for 5″ Tubes – When to Move Up

High Percentage Baits – Discovering Laminates

Tackle Tips – Hooks I Use

FREE Internet Sources – The National Weather Service

FREE Internet Sources – Lowrance Sonar Viewer

FREE Internet Source For Fishing Information – Great Lakes Bass Forums

Making Your Move

Trigger or Upgrade the Bite with Bait Profiles

SeaViewer™ Underwater Camera – Collect Video Clips of Your Favorite Spots

Professional Non-Boater Tackle Tips

Professional Non-Boater Accessories

Rod Riot on Board

Tunnel Vision with Baits v.s. Making Changes to Adjust


Our Next Bass Bait – Building Confidence In It


Lake St. Clair – Get the Level of Information You Need

Lake St. Clair – Weighing the Value of Spots

Tournament Tune-up – Making Progress

Lake St. Clair – Bass in Canada v.s. the U.S.

Lake St. Clair Combat Bass Fishing™ – Bite INDICATORS

Lake St. Clair Smallmouth for a Change

Lake St. Clair – Smallmouth Bass “In The Moment”

Lake St. Clair – Local Names #1

Lake St. Clair – Safety First After Heavy Rains

Those Crazy Smallmouth – Crankbait Patterns

Lake St. Clair – Opening Day for Buzzbaits

Lake St. Clair – Aquatic Vegetation Maturation (weed growth)

Baits and Lake St. Clair Water Clarity

Develop an Area – It’s a Process

Gobies as a Food Source

St. Clair River and Channels – No Wake Zones

We Need a Bigger Boat for Lake St. Clair…Really?

My “Go To” Places for Fishing Information – The Short List

Lake St. Clair Chart – FREE Internet Access


Tube Bait Designs with a Pupose – Xtreme Bass Tackle™ Baits

XBT – Technology and Research = Knowledge and Success

Brown Craw

Muskegon Goby

Mayfly™ – Entering the Mayfly Zone

Mayfly™ – Fishing The XBT Mayfly Tube

Lake St. Clair 7.4 oz. Smallmouth Caught by Great Lakes Bass Member TCook

Formula G3™ – A Key Bait Color for Consistent Bass Fishing

Biggest Smallmouth Bass Caught On Xtreme Bass Tackle™ Baits

The Return of St. Clair Goby™ Classic

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair Vol. 1

Smallmouth Confidential™ – Guide Level Tactics for Smallmouth Bass

How to Fish the Xtreme Bass Tackle™ Skirted Twin Tail Grub


Good Friends and Good Suppliers Keep You on the Water

Combat Bass Fishing™ Guide Service – Grinding it Out to Success


Fishing Chart for Lake St. Clair by Waterproof Charts™


Lake St. Clair Bass Fishing – Awareness

Fun With Muskies #2

Those Crazy Smallmouth – Cast and Release

Lake St. Clair – You Just Never Know What You’ll See

Lake St. Clair – First Smallmouth

Lake St. Clair – A Very Nice Place to Visit

Bass Fishing Friends Find Success on Lake St. Clair

Lake St. Clair With Professional Angler Bob Mann Sr.

An Xtreme Bass Tackle™ Fish Story From Andy Buss (R&B Bass Circuit – Indiana)

Lake St. Clair – Those Other Fish (Multi-Species #1)

Lake St. Clair – Those Other Fish (Multi-Species #2)

The Lake St. Clair Experience – Spring 2010

The Best Fish Never Caught – The Power of Canadian Mist

Marked Map Series #1 HD™ NEW for 2012

April 9, 2012

This chart book with put you on more quality bass fishing spots on Lake St. Clair than any other product on the market

The HD Series of Marked Maps™ is a fresh approach to an already successful product for bass anglers on Lake St. Clair.  The most striking update to the Series #1 Marked Maps (which have only previously been available in black and white) is the HD c0lor and graphics .  To the angler, this change makes for easier identification of landmarks and spots.  The Spot Level Detail™ for each of the 240 spots listed on the 15 maps has been updated to reflect the changes in the ecosystem and bass behavior shown through Combat Bass Fishing™ research over the last 13 years.

Also new is how the maps are now bound in a chart book format with the new “One Look” format.  Previously, the Marked Maps were only available as individual, stand alone laminated maps.  Now, with the introduction of the chart book format you can see the map with its spots along with the information in “One Look.

The Spot Level Detail™ describes each spot indicated on the map with relevant information for bass anglers that may include structure characteristics, depth preferences, seasonal indicators and spot specific tips for success.  For many of these spots a GPS coordinate is included where helpful.  An additional exclusive live information service called Marked Maps Live!  is available for the owners of Marked Maps products at an attractive $29.99 annual rate.

The maps covered in the Marked Maps Series #1™ chart book are:

  • Selfridge
  • Metro Beach
  • Mile Roads
  • Grosse Pointe Shores
  • Windmill Point
  • Askin’s Point
  • Belle River Hump
  • Stoney Point
  • Stakes 1
  • The Firecracker
  • Lower South Channel
  • Upper South Channel
  • Fawn Island
  • Upper North Channel
  • Lower North Channel

See the map coverage of Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River plus the new "One Look" system and other Combat Bass Fishing products.

Also included are 12 newly published key spots that were not included in the original Marked Map Series #1™.

High winds can really affect your day on the big water.  Take advantage of the new WIND MANAGEMENT feature included with each chart.  In a glance know what the optimum winds are for each map area along with what are the most tolerable high winds and their direction.

If you are a you are an owner of the original Marked Map Series #1™ you can upgrade to the new HD Series for a substantial discount if you trade in your existing black and white set.  The new HD chart book price is $119.95 but is yours with the trade in for only $59.95.

Order now through the Xtreme Bass Tackle website or order TOLL FREE at (877) 485-2223

Lake St. Clair WebTV Network – Week 7

August 1, 2010

New broadcast every Friday by 9pm

This week there is an extended tournament report covering several NBAA tournament circuits along with some standings at this point in the season.  One tournament result came from Div. 42 where the first place finishers had 24.oo pounds and second place had 17.66 pounds.  That was during a three hour event.

I do a Seaviewer Underwater Video promotion but there is some cool video footage from 46 feet deep in the St. Clair River.

Also a word from one of our sponsors.

You can view the latest program at: Combat Bass Fishing and click on the video on the front page.


I’ve got some BFL coverage including an interview with Capt. David Hasty of Erie’s Edge Charter Service.  We discuss how his day went then talk a bit about the value of running down to Lake Erie from Lake St. Clair to get fish.

Lake St. Clair – Weighing the Value of “Spots”

July 17, 2010

From a angling perspective the practical value of spots in an ecosystem can be broken down into a few main components.

FIXED – Spots that hold fish at one time will always have the potential to either always hold fish or support populations of fish under select conditions. A spot that held bass in 1920 would be very likely to hold bass in 2010. This has more to do with the fixed position of structure like flats, islands, breaks, markers, underwater humps, shoals and such than anything having to do with calendar dates.

MAJOR SHIFT IN THE ECOLOGY – A significant shift in a major element like water quality, water depth, forage or algae (weed growth/types) can create a major changes in the way bass relate to the structure. Water levels rise and fall on Lake St. Clair in a 19 year cycle so spots will have more or less water on them at any given time. This season we have seen spots that haven’t been active for almost 15 years get active again. Other spots that fished strong in the shallow water years you would think fish better with more water over them but that hasn’t always been the case. The advent of zebra mussels and gobies have created an explosion of smallmouth bass where back in the day Lake St. Clair was known as big largemouth water.

TEMPORARY (Weekly or seasonal) CONDITIONS – The mayfly hatch would be one such temporary condition which cause bass to feed differently during that period. Some “spots” that typically hold fish that can be caught with conventional presentations can seem empty. By changing tactics and chasing the mayfly bite other patterns can be worked until the hatch period is over and those spots reload with summer bite fish. The normal cycles of pre-spawn, spawn, post-spawn, summer bite, fall transition and fall patterns affect how bass position on spots. One particular spot could be hot in the spring and fall but not so much in the summer. Another might only hold summer bass yet another may only hold pre-spawn bass.

An answer to monitoring the current levels of bass activity across the St. Clair River, St. Clair River Channels, Lake St. Clair and parts of the Detroit River could be to cover that water a couple of times a week to stay on top of changing conditions. Another option would be to access the Live! information given in Fishing Spot Specs™ and Marked Maps Live!™ Both services provide an overview of the system wherever my staff and I are at and will give you regular access to accurate information you can trust.

For information about products or services call TOLL FREE – (877) 485-2223
Email at: Email Combat Bass Fishing™

If you are interested in a guided trip on Lake St. Clair click here for brochure

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

Fishing Spot Specs – What is the Baseline Water Temp?

July 4, 2010

Water temperatures vary greatly around a large body of water that has springs, a feed from one of the Great Lakes and areas with

Fishing Reports

slow moving water. A base line water temp can be the great equalizer by providing a stable, slow changing water temperature to key on when tracking seasonal bass movements. In the case of Lake St. Clair and Fishing Spot Specs™ reports, the base line water temperature is taken from the Detroit River at the Belle Isle station.

While water temperatures drop in the shallows overnight then warm quickly during a sunny day the Belle Isle water temp will remain constant. A steady reading makes the advantage of tracking bass movements through temperature more of a science than an art. You can go back into your log book, find a similar water temperature and the spots that were hot during that time period and come very close to duplicating the results years later. This saves time, saves gas and keeps you on the best quality bass available.

For information about products or services call TOLL FREE – (877) 485-2223
Email at: Email Combat Bass Fishing™

If you are interested in a guided trip on Lake St. Clair click here for brochure

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

Lake St. Clair webTV Network – Show lineup for week 3

July 1, 2010

Stay tuned to the Lake St. Clair webTV Network for the next installment starting at 9pm on Friday.

New broadcast every Friday by 9pm

This time around we have interviews for the first place and second place winners at the NBAA Double Barrel Shootout. Also included is a message from tournament director Paul Sacks as to the way the payouts have been improved on his trail. Look for some weekend wrapup and commentary as well.

See it at: Combat Bass Fishing website

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter