Filming trophy smallmouth bass & white bass TV shows on Lake St. Clair & Detroit River, Michigan.

Posted on June 1st, 2009
Clay Dyer and I show off one of the many bass we caught pre-fishing for our trophy smallmouth TV program.
Clay Dyer and I show off one of the many bass we caught pre-fishing for our trophy smallmouth TV program.

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Clay Dyer ( http://www.smgoutdoors.com/page/page.cfm/claydyer), from Alabama to produce two excellent TV programs fishing for smallmouth bass on Lake St. Clair, Michigan, and non-stop white bass action on the Detroit River, Michigan this past weekend.  Clay and his agent Elvin Smith made the trip to Windsor, ON to join us in doing twoTV programs and to also participate in the 7th Annual ICHA Fishing Event that was held yesterday on the Detroit River in downtown Windsor.  We all got together on Thurs., night at Jeff Ives home (Ives Insurance is on one of the major supporters of the ICHA Fishing Derby), to meet an discuss the strategy for the weekend.  Jeff Standaert from the Ontario MNR also joined us to check-out the event.  On Fri., together we scouted the Michigan side of Lake St. Clair for productive smallmouth bass and white bass filming locations.  I had the pleasure of fishing with my wife Barbara, Pat Pagano (tournament anglers & co-ordinator of the ICHA Event), & Clay Dyer from the Yamaha 175G3 (on-camera boat), while Mike Atkins operated Pat Pagano’s boat and was joinedby Elvin Smith & Jeff Standaert.  Lot’s of smallmouth bass were located on a large shoal about 6-miles west of Windsor, ON on the Michigan, USA side of the lake.  Smallmouth up to 4lb. were caught by cranking Rapala’s new DT Thug (Dives To Thug) cranckbait, and on tube jigs in 7-10′ of water.  We later checked out the Detroit River and located spots to film for trophy white bass.  White bass are plentiful in the Detroit River from the middle of May right through June and it’s common to spot schools of hundreds of fish feeding on baitfish right on the surface.  On Saturday filming started at 8am and our first goal was to produce a trophy smallmouth show using crankbaits.  We headed to the same location we had prefished the day before but encountered overcast skies and the wind was blowing from the north-east.  Even with the changing conditions, it was not long before we found the fish.  By noon we had completed the smallmouth bass show and headed to the start of the Detroit River in Lake St. Clair and for the next 4 hrs. experienced non-stop trophy white bass action using the Luhr Jensen Crippled Herring spoons and the Vibrax #2 spinners.  We fished a current break where the water dropped form 10-30′ (just inside the shipping channel), where white bass continually moved from the deep water to the shallows to feed on schooling baitfish.  Make sure to look for the two up-coming TV episodes featuring Clay Dyer as the new Canadian Sportfising TV series premiers on TSN this coming November.  Once the new series is airing, you will also be able to view the programs on our website by going to the “Videos” section.

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