Smallmouth Fishing Hotspots in Michigan

Smallmouth Fishing Hotspots in Michigan
Michigan waters offer many productive lakes and rivers for smallmouth bass fishing. This adaptive fish is sought by anglers throughout the state. Fishermen typically catch smallmouths using spinning and bait casting fishing gear. Most practice catch and release which means there is a potential for trophy size smallmouths throughout Michigan.

Michigamme River

Michigamme River covers 4,292 acres with a maximum depth of 70 feet. The river is a smallmouth bass hotspot and is located in Marquette and Baraga counties. There is a healthy population of smallmouth bass throughout the river especially at the Witbeck Rapids area in the reach right above the Michigamme Reservoir. Other game fish include northern pike, walleye, rock bass and whitefish. Below the Hemlock Falls is another excellent stretch of the river that is abundant with smallmouth bass. Access sites are found at road crossings and also at Van Riper State Park.

Michigamme River/ Van Riper State Park
851 County Road
Champion, MI 49814

Lake Medora

Lake Medora is located in Keweenaw County and spans 695 acres. The lake has excellent population of good-sized smallmouth bass, according to the Michigan Sportsman Magazine. The best time to fish is right after the season opens when smallmouths are in the shallows. The lake's west side between the outlets of Gull Lake creeks and Meadow Lake is a good location to lure smallmouth bass. Another productive spot is on the east side of the lake where there is a collection of shoals and small islands.

Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Keweenaw County, MI

Menominee River

The Menominee River offers a productive smallmouth bass fishing area. A prime spot is found between the Chalk Hill Flowage and the Stugeon Falls Dam. Catching 50 smallmouths within a day is possible at the river during summer. More free-flowing smallmouth bass can be found below the White Rapids Dam. Other species at the river include walleyes, channel catfish and northern pike. The Menominee's smallmouth bass are chunky and healthy fish that fight hard once caught. It is common to catch then in the 4-pound range and some even reaching 6 pounds.

Menominee River /Crystal Falls DNR
Menominee, MI
906- 875-6622

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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