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2-22-20 White River Table Rock Lake Current Report

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11 hours ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

Can you recommend a time range to go in the spring and an outfitter please?

Marcel Veenstra - Marcel's Guide Service- Also on Facebook

Art Ferguson - Art of Fishing Guide Service

This Year, late April through early May should be good. Catch and Release during this time of year. Most of the fishing for big smallmouths will be in 4 to 9 FOW. Fun times! This is the time I like to go, but the guides can put you on fish other times of the year. Most of the big FLW and Bassmaster Elite tournaments are in late August and Early September. Did you see Seth Feider last year on Lake St. Clair? 

 

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This was a 6 pound 4 ounce smallmouth caught in the fall on Manistee Lake, one of the drowned river mouths that connect to Lake Michigan. This is an example of what Michigan smallmouths can grow to be. If I can figure out how to do it, I have a 6 pounder from Lake St. Clair also. Marcel Veenstra  also guides on Burt and Mullet Lakes in the Indian River area in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. You don't catch as many bass here as you do on Lake Saint Clair, but you could catch a 6 or 7 pound fish on one of those lakes.

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Glad you didn't tell everybody the best lakes in Michigan. I'd hate to know how many on my  favorite lake see the knife and the skillet. A LOT!

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16 hours ago, Deadstream said:

Glad you didn't tell everybody the best lakes in Michigan. I'd hate to know how many on my  favorite lake see the knife and the skillet. A LOT!

There are so many good lakes with Giant Smallmouths. I have seen 4 and 5 pounders being kept to be eaten on one of the lakes NE of Traverse City. We had a D & R Sports tournament on there and about 200 over 4 pounds were weighed in. Here is a 6 pounder from Lake St. Clair in early May caught on a Lucky Craft Slim Pointer in Table Rock Shad color. Water was still pretty cold that spring. Hit on a 5 second pause. 

 

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9 minutes ago, edyer said:

I have seen 4 and 5 pounders being kept to be eaten on one of the lakes NE of Traverse City.

I think the guy that caught one of the previous state records in MI was going to eat it but his neighbor made him check to see if broke the state record first. It was this guy and I saw an interview with him. 

 https://www.freep.com/story/sports/outdoors/2016/09/14/michigan-fishing-record-smallmouth-bass/90350918/

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