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74th Ultimate Sport Show is Here!
Plenty of Fishing and Hunting Gear, SeminarsSome things never change... Or do they? Take the Ultimate Sport Show - Grand Rapids, for example. Now in its 74th year, this show seeps with tradition that keeps people coming back year after year, yet, is a brand-new experience every time they attend! Running March 14-17 there will be plenty of fishing and hunting gear, and seminars galore including the Ultimate Bass Clinic on Saturday! Read the Story »
Dobson and Greene Break 30 Pounds on Lake St. Clair!
30.31 Pounds Limit Retakes Lake Record
Scott Dobson and Kyle Greene break the 30 pound 5-bass limit barrier during the October 14, 2017 Monster Quest event with a massive 30.31 pounds catch to win the annual Lake St. Clair tournament. This is the first known 30-plus pounds limit from the big lake. Read the Story »
2019 Ultimate Sport Show Tour
Ultimate Sport Show Tour Dates Posted!
The 2019 Ultimate Sport Show Tour kicks off in Novi with the Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit at the Suburban Collection Showplace Thursday, January 10 - Sunday, January 13. Outdoorama is February 28 - March 3, also at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, followed by the Ultimate Sport Show in Grand Rapids March 14-17 at DeVos Place. GreatLakesBass.com / GLIF will be in booth 3362 at the Ultimate Fishing Show. Read the UFS Details »
MDNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
Senate Bill 869 passes Michigan Senate unanimously
At the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee hearing on SB 869, MDNR Legislative Liaison Trevor VanDyke stated the MDNR fully supports removing bass season limits from state law because of recent science giving flexibility to the NRC to set an earlier season that will be good for Michigan. MDNR statement »
Which of the 4 proposed bass season options can you support the most?
- No change - bass seasons stay the same with a closed season.
- CIR Jan 1 until existing regular bass season openers.
- CIR Jan 1 until regular Memorial weekend opener - Lake St. Clair moves to Memorial weekend too.
- CIR Jan 1 until last Saturday in April. L.P. regular opener is moved to last Sat in April, U.P. reg opener moved to May 15.
Members can take our poll »
Bass Fishing Reports
Jim and I ended up going back to Lake Diane. I often ask myself why I keep coming back to this stingy lake. I guess it's those from the DNR and other sources that say the lake has the potential to produce the next state record bass. That coupled w...
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I made my way back up north last month. I had good go of it on many different lakes. I ended up fishing Lake Michigan, Charlevoix, Crooked, Deer, Walloon, Skegemog, Clam, Torch, and Green Lake. We caught some good fish from many of the lakes, but ...
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Fished the Hot Ponds Black Friday. Not sure what was up but we only caught 1 bass in 5 hours. Wind was out of the southeast when we got there. A little bumpy but not to bad of a ride in. Starting at the mouth it seemed the water is higher than...
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Lake St. Clair Fishing Reports
Dan Kimmel and I met Bill Parker, Editor of Michigan Outdoor News, at the Clinton River Cutoff ramp. Fished ?The Mile Roads? in 8?-14? of water. Did not tear ?em up, but had a decent day. We caught fish on a variety of lures and techniques...
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Finally, the water warmed, the moon was in the right phase, the Mile Roads cleared up, and WHAM, hundreds of beds everywhere. We got out at 7 and lost count of how many fish we caught. The best part was the quality of the fish we caught. No 2 poun...
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Got out a little late due to Dan encountering horrible Michigan traffic on I-75. Fishing was tough. Water temps ranged from 48-53 throughout the day. Weather forecast called for winds 5 kts. or under in the afternoon. Of course they were wrong. It...
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Every young tournament angler shares the same dream - making it pro. But in today's world this dream is often laug.. Read more
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Add another name to the growing list of Michigan bass pros making their mark on the.. Read more
Bass Fishing & Outdoor News
Announcing the 29th Annual D & R Sports Center Spring.. Read more
Bruce Kraemer of Indian River, Michigan likes to fish the Indian River. It's just a few hundred feet from his house so it's con.. Read more
Through the 2016 selection of legendary Great Lakes angler Steve Clapper, the Hall h.. Read more
Outdoor Shows News
It's hard to fathom that Southeast Michigan's premiere outdoors show could get significantly b.. Read more
The best bass fisherman in the world will make a special appearance at the 2019 Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit on Friday, January 11 only.
Both of Michigan's most famous bass anglers Mark Zona and Kevin VanDam return Friday, January 11 to the 2019 Ultimate Fishing Show-Detroit for seminars and events. The Ultimate Fishing Show runs Thursday, January 10 through Sunday, January 13. More details: KVD, Zona Headline 2019 Ultimate Fishing Show
Bass Fishing Tips & Articles
It's been just over 30 years since water levels were high like they are today, so how has the bass fishing been? As is always the case, select areas are holding good numbers of smallmouth, but overall.. Read more
For the last 16 years, my job has been to find spots on Lake St. Clair for smallmouth bass anglers. In spite of all my efforts to do so, I can unequivocally say that we are just scratching the sur.. Read more
Conservation, Environment & Legislation
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that test results on fish collected in the ongoing fish kill event on Lake St. Clair were confirmed to be positive for vi.. Read more
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced public f.. Read more
New Zealand Mud Snails have been discovered in the East Branch of the Au Sable River, just downstream of the Harrietta Hills Trout Farm-Grayling.
At its meeting Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved sweeping changes to streamline bass regulations and increase effectiveness. Commissioners meeti.. Read more
Mexico Bass Fishing – The Adventure of a Lifetime!
My first adventure to the Mexican Sierra Madre mountains and Lake Comedero started with the biggest largemouth bass of my life and ended with a bigger one!!! A better script would have been hard to write on purpose. It will be challenging for this writer to put into words what a fantastic trip this remote bass fishing adventure is, but with the help of some pictures I will try.
To travel to a truly remote area unlike anything most of us have been exposed to, you need to put your trip
success and trust into the hands of a most experienced outfitter. We chose Ron Speed Jr's Ron Speed Jr's Adventures Read more »
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