By Abe Smith
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Great Lakes smallmouth bass provide some of the hottest bass action of the year during the fall. As their name implies, the challenge on these waters derives from their magnitude. Fish have plenty of room to roam from Duluth to the St. Lawrence River, and roaming is part of a smallmouths daily life.
Here are three great Great Lakes fishing spots and how to catch them:
Lake Erie and Niagara River (Buffalo, Niagara, and Lewiston, N.Y.)
In fall, its all about bait, says Frank Campbell, a guide with Niagara Region Charter Service.
Campbell is considered by many to be the dean of an illustrious school of smallmouth guides on the Eastern Basin of Lake Erie and the Niagara River near Buffalo, New York. He says that smallmouth are looking for the quickest way to bulk up for winter and follow baitfish migrations and eat everything they find, from gobies to crayfish to sculpin to emerald shiners anything that brings protein to their diet.
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Theres a reason Kevin VanDam (KVD) is the all-time money winner ($5,499,476.33 to date, to be exact) on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail: The 45-year-old, 7-time Angler of the year knows how to boat bass of all species better than anyone else on earth and numbers dont lie.
And thats why we interrupted the Plano prostaffs pre-fishing before his last tournament of the year, the 2013 Elite Series Plano Championship Chase on Lake St. Clair/Detroit River.
Its all to bring you KVDs first-person and private (well until now) look at this phenomenal fishery and what its going to take to win the $100,000 purse at the end of the three-day event. And best of all, KVDwhos now in third and verging on his eighth Anger of the Year titlewas more than willing to answer our inquiries.
A temporary fishing regulation imposed by the DNR at two Noble County lakes has restored balance to largemouth bass populations at least for now.
The rule allowed anglers during summer 2011 to catch and keep bass that were 10- to 14-inches long. At most northern Indiana lakes, all bass less than 14 inches must be released.
Dubbed a harvest slot limit, the rule was designed to reduce the number of small bass in hopes of producing larger ones.
Based on surveys by the DNR, anglers harvested 1,900 bass from Big Lake and reduced the number of 10- to 14-inch bass by 41 percent. They removed 611 from Crane Lake and reduced the number by 71 percent.