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Big Smallmouth in Fall on Lake St. Clair

October 13, 2014

Fall is a special time of year to chase smallmouth bass on Lake St. Clair. The bass are schooled up, aggressive and it is the time of year where you have the potential to catch the bass of a lifetime. Reports have been coming in about bigger smallies and tournament weights are up.

One one recent scouting trip we caught several including this 4 lb. 14oz smallmouth on a crankbait and others like this 3 1/2 lb. smallmouth caught on an Xtreme Bass Tackle St. Clair Goby NFT™ drop-shot tube. Both were caught in Canadian waters.

Caught in 8 feet of water on a crankbait this smallie went 4 lbs. 14 oz.

Caught in 8 feet of water on a crankbait this smallie went 4 lbs. 14 oz.

This one was only 3 1/2 lbs but it was in an area with many more smallmouth in 18 feet of water

This one was only 3 1/2 lbs but it was in an area with many more smallmouth in 18 feet of water

Canadian Mist & Smallmouth on the Niagara River

September 11, 2014

by Matt Kar, St. Catharines, Ontario

Matt Kar with a Niagara River smallmouth

Matt Kar with a Niagara River smallmouth

We were originally fishing the eastern Lake Erie basin but couldn’t seem to find the big ones we were looking for. With upcoming tournaments we figured it was a good day do due some scouting in the river. We didn’t have much luck at the usual spots but I had remembered the rough location of a rock out in the middle of the river. We used our electronics to locate it and never looked back.

We caught 2-3 fish a drift… Basically all depended how long it took you to reel the last one in. Anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 lbs. All in all we caught about 15 fish between 12:00pm-1:30pm in 14-22 feet of water. We only stopped because we had to leave.

Canadian Mist and St. Clair Goby NFT™ tubes rigged on a 3/8oz jig were the ticket!

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Xtreme Bass Tackle Canadian Mist & St. Clair Goby NFT helped to make this good day into a great day!

Xtreme Bass Tackle Canadian Mist & St. Clair Goby NFT helped to make this good day into a great day!

Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Summer 2014

August 22, 2014

August 28, 2014

The bigger bite seems to be picking up this week and it should continue to strengthen into September. A lot of the bites are “swimming pickups” which makes setting the hook difficult. One thing to help with that is to put a little pressure on the bass by lifting the rod tip, then set the hook.

Topwater continues to rock along channel edges. Mark Hill picked a nice four pound smallie up at one of our first stops this morning. Later I picked up a decent three pound plus in 17 feet then we finished in the Lake in eleven feet and picked up one at four. On a research day like this we don’t work the areas hard but catch a couple to gauge the bite.

Mark Topwater Wayne 17 feet Wayne Lake 11 ft

August 22, 2014

It hasn’t been a hot year so a full summer smallmouth bass pattern has yet to develop. We see a glimmer of it in the St. Clair River, the Channels, the staging areas in front of the Channels and in the Lake. I suppose we could call it the “cool summer pattern.”

What’s frigid about it is the way bite patterns come and go. We can get the bass going on a bait presentation in certain areas on one day and the next it’s like they were never there. Deep lake patterns seem to be the most consistent and a lot of the weights in tournaments have come from these areas.

St. Clair Goby NFT™ drop-shot tube by Xtreme Bass Tackle™

St. Clair Goby NFT™ drop-shot tube by Xtreme Bass Tackle™

One consistent bait has been St. Clair Goby NFT™ by Xtreme Bass Tackle™. It doesn’t matter if you throw it in a drop-shot tube, a 4 inch tube or a 5 inch tube…this bait is hot! Since the development of this bait based directly on the change in the color of gobies in Lake St. Clair this bait has been a strong producer but never quite like this. The best smallmouth of the day came on the five inch tube that was thrown after a hit-and-miss on the drop-shot tube. With the drop-shot tube still in the water it picked up another smallmouth and I had to ask for help to bring in the “double.”

The quality of bass has been good. We are catching more keepers than short smallmouth and most of the bass have been 2 1/2 to 3 pounds. Getting the bigger bass is the product of a lot of hard work and covering water be it in the shallows or on deep drifts. In the river hitting multiple spots to find the best bite has been effective.

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St. Clair Goby NFT™ drop-shot tube caught this 3 1/2 pound smallmouth out in the deep water

St. Clair Goby NFT drop-shot tube caught this 3 1/2 pound smallmouth out in the deep water

This smallmouth at four pounds or better was caught on a 5" St. Clair Goby NFT

This smallmouth at four pounds or better was caught on a 5″ St. Clair Goby NFT™

Lake St. Clair – Those Other Fish (multi-species #3)

August 20, 2014
This pike was caught in the South Channel

This pike was caught in the South Channel

Another South Channel monster

Another South Channel monster

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 Continues to Catch Big Lake St. Clair Smallmouth

August 17, 2014
St. Clair Goby NFT™ drop-shot tube by Xtreme Bass Tackle™

St. Clair Goby NFT™ drop-shot tube by Xtreme Bass Tackle™

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!

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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).

A sturgeon in the Middle Channel caught on 4" St. Clair Crayfish

A sturgeon in the Middle Channel caught on 4″ St. Clair Crayfish by Xtreme Bass Tackle

Xtreme Bass Tackle Grand Opening In Canada!

July 8, 2014

Maple LeafGo 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!

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Lake St. Clair Bass Opener 2014

June 20, 2014

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.”

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NOTE FOR MARKED MAPS LIVE! SUBSCRIBERS

You will see a new spot on your Marked Maps Live! reports…spot #99.  We’ve added this as a catch all for area information that we gather that is not spot specific.  The reporting has been picking up speed and we are just getting started.  Watch the “News” section too for tips on what to watch out for in the current reports.

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Lake St. Clair Bass by Billings and Pierce – Spring 2014

May 17, 2014
Tom with a 5 1/2 lb. Smallmouth

Tom with a 5 1/2 lb. Smallmouth

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.

(To see the biggest St. Clair smallmouth caught on Xtreme Bass Tackle baits in 2013 by Tom Billings (6.9 lbs) click on this link and go to timeline 1:40 on the video)

Steve Pierce with his hands full

Steve Pierce with his hands full

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!

Tom boats a musky

Tom boats a musky

 

This drum must have put up some fight!

This drum must have put up some fight!

Xtreme Bass Tackle Alewife Tube – New for 2014

March 7, 2014
Alewife

Alewife

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.

Alewife Tube White

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Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Tamed By Joey

September 13, 2013

It took a bold move in bait selection by Joey Elliott to accelerate the bite on a spot in Lake St. Clair.  With a single decision at the end of the day he out fished the “experts” 3 to 1 in numbers and weight.  He had multiple choices in Xtreme Bass Tackle™ tubes and went for an unconventional tube bait color, “Sand Craw™.”

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Xtreme Bass Tackle – Sand Craw

At 7 years old, Joey is no stranger to the big water.  His dad Shawn has spent much of this summer out on Lake St. Clair and Joey has been with him out there, every step of the way.  I was privileged to be invited aboard and brought a small tackle container assortment of  Xtreme Bass Tackle™ tubes along for Joey to be able to make his own bait choices throughout the course of the day.

It was immediately obvious that Joey knew how to handle himself when faced with a light and slow bite.  That day we covered water both shallow and deep, in the river and the Lake and our catch rates were nothing to get excited about.   We pulled up on our final spot within minutes before heading back to the launch.  Fishing was a little better on this sandy spot in the Lake but the smallmouth were still coming few, and far between.  That’s when Joey decided to make a change and put Sand Craw™ into play.

The first smallie he hooked was great and I was able to double up with a much smaller one right behind him.

Joey SR 1

He continued to cast and catch quality smallies.  At this point he made it look sooooo simple.  Just cast the bait out there, wait a moment and he had another one.  With the clock ticking on our day and the excitement building on the boat with each cast he managed to bring it home with another nice smallmouth just before we left.

Joey SR 2

Way to go Joey!  With a single decision you pulled out a fast finish to a slow fishing day and made a good day on Lake St. Clair, great!

Joey wasn’t finished yet.  In a moment of inspiration and creativity he turned out this outstanding graphic (below).  Thank you Joey, I’m honored by your efforts both on and off of the water!  Capt. Wayne

Joey Picture Formatted