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Old 05-13-2008, 05:30 PM
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I don't know if any one here tries this, but it's a blast. The blister is just healing up from my finger on Saturday, from Smallmouth stripping flyline against my rod! All you need is a nice rocky, sandy bay, a good fast 6 or 7 weight rod. A quality line for long cast, a handful of Clousers, cone head Wooly Buggers and cone-head leach's, A decent day (Cold front days are tough) and wind under 70 mph or so.

Basically all of the Great Lakes have this kind of fishery available and fifty fish plus days aren't uncommon. My biggest fish so far was a 24" seven pounder last year, but I expect to break four pounds on a fish at least once every time I'm out. Just look for rocky sheltered bays with some sand on the bottom and a water temp of at least 50. It's already started on Lake Huron, and I Imagine Lake Erie, and Ontario. The Northern Lakes will fish good till late June, early July some years. I get most of my fish wading in three feet of water or less. I landed thirty between 16-19" on Saturday and it was a slow day.

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Very, very nice Smallies.

Took the Hyde out tonite on a local river in West Michigan (Ada, MI)
caught two 8"-10" smallies. Nothing comparative to the beauties in
your pics. Had one similar in size about two years ago.

Were you using a floating line ? Did you have on an indicator, or
just feel them hit ?

Again really nice Smallies,

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Very, very nice Smallies.

Took the Hyde out tonite on a local river in West Michigan (Ada, MI)
caught two 8"-10" smallies. Nothing comparative to the beauties in
your pics. Had one similar in size about two years ago.

Were you using a floating line ? Did you have on an indicator, or
just feel them hit ?

Again really nice Smallies,

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We were wading in a shallow bay on Lake Huron. All fish came on a floating line in less the three feet of water. And while we did feel them hit (stripping streamers) they were more lethargic then later in the season when every strike moves your line about three feet! Yeah I don't know any wade fisheries in the Great Lakes that call for a sinking line. It's a lot like flats fishing. I will use an intermediate line (clear-camo) when fishing for Carp later in the season. I've hit my biggest fish in Traverse Bay. You have a legitimate shot at a six pounder there, same with Lake St. Clair although thats tougher wading.
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We were wading in a shallow bay on Lake Huron. All fish came on a floating line in less the three feet of water. And while we did feel them hit (stripping streamers) they were more lethargic then later in the season when every strike moves your line about three feet! Yeah I don't know any wade fisheries in the Great Lakes that call for a sinking line. It's a lot like flats fishing. I will use an intermediate line (clear-camo) when fishing for Carp later in the season. I've hit my biggest fish in Traverse Bay. You have a legitimate shot at a six pounder there, same with Lake St. Clair although thats tougher wading.
Great fish there, looks like a lot of fun to catch. I've heard that Traverse Bay can be fun too, as you mentioned. Funny thing is, I live just outside of Traverse City but I've never fished in the bay. I guess its so big that its sort of intimidating if you don't know where to go in it. Especially when I'm about 5 minutes from the Platte River. Love to hit the Bay someday, guess I just have to explore a bit.
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Here's a Traverse By fish from last year. It went 24" and just over seven pounds.Click the image to open in full size.
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Awesome fish there! Color me very jealous.
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