On tv this morning , the fishing pro was on Lake Michigan , and catching smallmouth bass , he says routinely weigh in at 5 to 7 pound range and we saw his catches . I thought that Northern cold water lakes dont allow this size fish , any thoughts ? The pro says that Michigan s unique habitat allow for bigger fish of all kinds . Peter

Posted on December 19th, 2020

Hi Peter, that pro was correct. Smallmouth bass don’t mind colder water and they can feed well from April – Dec. of each year. If there is a good food supply like baitfish and crayfish, they can put on weight fast. With the introduction of invasive Roundheaded Gobies, Smallmouth Bass have had a major addition to their buffet of shad, shiners and crayfish. Also, in colder water temperatures there is a decreased chance of fish picking up viruses and other ailments that can occur in more abundance in warmer waters which may decrease a Smallmouth Bass life….God bless you.

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