Bass Fishing In Michigan Lakes
Michigan provides ample opportunity to get out and drop a line in the water. There are over 11,000 lakes in Michigan, and that doesn’t include the ponds, rivers and streams that you can fish in. There are over 20 different species of fish in Michigan that you can catch. Some of the most popular of these include bass, walleye, trout, salmon, pike, and sunfish. Knowing where to find fish, and how to find them can be tricky, but with some experience you will develop go-to spots for different types of fish.
One of my favorites is bass fishing on lakes. These guys put up a good fight, and are plentiful across Michigan. In many of these lakes, you also have opportunity to catch sunfish, catfish, walleye and pike. This is fun from the shore or on a boat. If you are on the shore, you have a pretty good chance of catching some sunfish as well such as bluegill or crappie.
The location is important in fishing. This is not just the lake or pond you go to, but also where you cast. There are certain areas that are the fish are more likely to be, based on several factors such as temperature, food availability, time of day and water depth. If you have a boat, you can get to better places that can’t be reached from the shore. If you have a rowboat, this can be even better in certain situations. This allows you to get to areas where the propeller might get stuck on an outboard engine. These areas, particularly in the lilly pads and grassy areas is where fish like to hide for cover.
Tree branches that hang low over the water tend to be good places. This is because the shade provides a lower-temp area for the fish to swim in. This also provides cover for the fish. Depending on the time of year, they may be in shallow water. This is where they lay their eggs, and they tend to be territorial of them. This means if you get a lure close to them, they are likely to attack it. It is also good to go out before a storm for fishing. The fish are more active, trying to get food before hunkering down for the storm.
The types of lures and tackle you use can also play a large part in how well your experience goes. Plastic worms and jigs can work well in the right conditions, but the weight and color play a factor in this. They can be really light, so adding some line weight may help with movement of the lure. The color can play a factor as well. I read somwhere that if you catch a bass and put it in a livewell, it tends to spit up whatever it has eaten. When this happens, you can look at the colors and see what was attracting the fish most recently.
Another popular lures is a spinner. This is shiny and works great at catching the attention of the fish. These also come in a variety of colors and sizes for different times of year, size of fish, etc. These spinners have strand of colored vinyl that stick out on one end, concealing the hook. Mounted ahead is a spoon that spins and glimmers in the sunlight. You can also try using slightly larger spoons without the full spinner. These are heavier and work well for casting a long distance. Rubbing a scented bait on them can help attract the fish as well.
If I am struggling to catch bass, or am looking to just drop a line and wait, catfish are another option to turn to. For these, I usually get a heavy jig head and put a couple worms on it and cast as far out as I can. This is a much slower pace of fishing, but allows you to do other things as well, such as set up a campsite or build a fire. You can set your pole on a forked branch stuck in the ground. I also have some clin on bells that attach to the end of my pole. When the fish bites and pulls the line, the bell rings from the movement. This is also useful for night fishing as well.
Fishing is relatively inexpensive. You can get a license for around $30-$40 here in Michigan. Pick up a few lures for a couple bucks a piece. $20 for a cheap pole, $5 for some line and a pack of hooks for a couple dollars.