Well, I promised I’d post some photos of some big fish if I caught any yesterday, guess what?
Totally empty handed! My girlfriend and I caught nothing yesterday, not even a bite.
The bass fishing seems even worst than last month in September, the smallmouth bass still have lockjaw. I tried the stop and go retrieve like these bass fisherman reported in the Detroit Free Press article, but that did not seem to work. We tried fishing around 8-10 feet deep water, tried jigs, tried crankbaits, and also tried spinnerbaits. I should of tried trolling, but I didn’t have much gas in the tank.
When I think of it, I guarantee this is the reason why Gerry Gostenik and Tom Murar headed over to Canada, I bet they got skunked on the American side. The whole America side of Lake St. Clair for bass fishing is dead and I’m not sure why… Some say it’s due to the Great Lakes Warming up or because of the zebra muscles making the water so clear. This is really abnormal for this time of year for Lake St. Clair, bass should be hitting everything and anything, no matter what lure you throw at them.
I’ve had many fisherman tell me I need to try the dumping grounds, I need to try the 400 club, I need to try deeper water. Ok, I’ve been fishing for more than 10 years now. I know how to change in between spots and change lures. The truth is, I’ve gotten out fishing on Lake St. Clair more then most people. I work from home, so I can go out during the week anytime I want. This means morning, day, and night. I’ve tried them all and the bass do not seem to want to bite. Even the musky have seemed to die out for me.
However I did here over the past weekend there was a muskie tournament that produced some decent size Muskies. But, those fisherman are specifically targeting the Muskie species of fish, with bucktail spinners and larger crankbaits, which allows them to catch more Muskies than me. I haven’t started to target muskies yet since I haven’t bought any trolling rods yet. Girlfriends out of work, so I’m paying for most of the house payment and food. Going to have to wait on buying heavier fishing gear, so the Muskie fishing is going to have to wait till’ next year.
Spring and summer was pretty good on Lake St. Clair, but ever since the beginning of September fishing has been completely dead. It’s funny too, I go over to the Lake St. Clair forums, make a post and a lot of people don’t want to admit to it. Like they are embarrassed to admit they get skunked! I guess it’s the hard headed guy thing to do, no one wants to be labeled as a bad fisherman. It’s not that you’re a bad fishermen guys, it’s just certain seasons are better than others. It’s like the pollution topic, I made a post on the Michigan Sportsman Forums about pollution and I got bashed for it. People don’t like accepting the truth to well, especially if it’s bad, another word for it is denial or being naive.
I still believe fall has some good bass fishing left, I’m just going to have to keep going out and find when the smallies will be hitting again. For now though, this upcoming weekend I think I’m going to make a trip over to Kent Lake or Lake Orion.