Rick Kedik (Niles) and Jake Lisenko (South Bend) won the Casting Couples St. Clair Open last weekend with 20.23 pounds of smallmouth.
The winners ($290) used tubes rigged with Native Pride's new tube jig in 10-13 feet of water. They keyed on sparse weeds and shell beds. The duo also had big bass of the day with a 4.83-pound smallmouth caught in the last 20 minutes of the tourney to earn an extra $90.
Early summer walleye fishing is a time of change, adjustment and opportunity. As water temperatures rise into the 60s and 70s, many walleyes in northern natural lakes and reservoirs abandon shallow shoreline areas in favor of offshore structure.
No longer content to congregate in small areas, the fish scatter and roam. Instead of finding the mother lode of ’eyes ganged in a single sweet spot, you often end up tracking down individual fish spread out over sprawling structure.
The Michigan DNR confirmed the catch of a new state record black buffalo on June 12.
The fish, a member of the sucker family, was caught by Brandonn Kramer of Muskegon, Mich. at 11:30 p.m. May 25 on the Grand River in Ottawa County.
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By Louie Stout
One of the biggest concerns shared by many anglers this time of year is the spraying of chemicals designed for killing aquatic vegetation on Michiana waters.
Yet, if you talk to waterfront residents, they would tell you those treatments are necessary to allow recreational use of the waters.
It’s a controversy that DNR managers battle every spring and early summer.
Lake associations employ professional contractors to come onto lakes to kill non-native plants they believe interfere with boating and other recreational activities.
Anglers see the vegetation as necessary fish habitat and the lifeblood of a good fishery. Fish biologists agree emphatically that vegetation leads to a healthy eco-system, but understand that shallow areas can become weed choked and inhibit boating activities if not kept in check.
Aquatic plants provide other benefits. They provide oxygen that in turn helps keep the water clear. Decaying plants rob the oxygen and diminish water clarity.