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#1 User is offline   Cincy Fisher 

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:15 PM

Hello,

When do smallmouth typically spawn/go on the nest on Lake St. clair? Early mid/May like most places? Is fishing bad during this time?

Thanks in advance!
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:37 PM

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 Cincy Fisher, on 15 March 2012 - 09:15 PM, said:

Hello,

When do smallmouth typically spawn/go on the nest on Lake St. clair? Early mid/May like most places? Is fishing bad during this time?

Thanks in advance!

This post has been edited by SlimJim338: 15 March 2012 - 10:38 PM

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:12 AM

There are fish on beds through May and into June. There are also fish pre and post spawn during this same time. Weather permitting it's the best smallmouth fishing you will ever see.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:42 AM

+1 best smallmouth fishing of the year
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:13 AM

Do you think that with all this warm weather they may be spawning before the opener? Does anyone know what the water temp is?

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:44 AM

We are planning on coming up around May 20th and I am thinking they will be spawning earlier with this warm weather. Check water temps here http://www.coastwatc...u/erie/e10.html
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:44 AM

We are planning on coming up around May 20th and I am thinking they will be spawning earlier with this warm weather. Check water temps here http://www.coastwatc...u/erie/e10.html
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:59 AM

I too have been wondering whether or not they might spawn earlier than normal because of the higher than average temps. I have heard mixed answers. Some say that they will spawn earlier, while others say that this weather will not lead to an early spawn season. Guess we just have to wait an see. Either way I don't think it will make much of a difference since its not like they all spawn at once. All i know is April 28th can't get here soon enough!


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Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:54 AM

The catch and release season is stupid. Right now if I am fishing for a something in season and a bass bites my lure its not illegal, I just have to immediately release it. So why not just have catch and release all the time. I think the major factor on weather bass will spawn is the water temp and moon phase. I would assume if the water temp gets to the point that it needs to be for spawning and its a full moon those bass will spawn no matter what month it is. If this weather stays warm I think they may spawn before opener which will suck because no one will be able to fish for them during the best time to fish for them.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:02 AM

 Bass Ninja, on 16 March 2012 - 10:54 AM, said:

The catch and release season is stupid. Right now if I am fishing for a something in season and a bass bites my lure its not illegal, I just have to immediately release it. So why not just have catch and release all the time. I think the major factor on weather bass will spawn is the water temp and moon phase. I would assume if the water temp gets to the point that it needs to be for spawning and its a full moon those bass will spawn no matter what month it is. If this weather stays warm I think they may spawn before opener which will suck because no one will be able to fish for them during the best time to fish for them.

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Accidental catch is not the same as targeting and catching 40+ in a day. That being said, I agree that it should be catch and release year round.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:12 AM

You can almost be guaranteed there will be an early spawn. Plants and animals respond to environmental cues. Thats why migratory birds are back in Michigan almost a month before they would normally be. And why people's gardens and flower beds are beginning to bloom, in mid-March.

Fish open (and closed) seasons are set based on Michigan's historical average temperatures. Doesn't seem to apply this year.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:34 PM

WBD that is why I think it is stupid to have a C+R season. Why can't we just have a C+R season all the time, it makes no sense.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:28 AM

Last year it was crazy action on mothers day. I caught many and released them over by selfridge.
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 07:48 AM

What? Fish don't have calanders? I thought their iphones told them when to spawn? Man I gotta change up my entire strategy now!
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:43 PM

I put in at blossom yesterday to run down to the river and the water temps on the lake were from 49-52
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