Belleville Lake in Michigan is fed by the Huron River and hosts a realm of bass fishing possibilities. Summer, spring and fall brings warmer temperatures and chances to go for smallmouth bass via boat and other means, as well as along the lake's shores. Winter time brings chances for ice fishing on the lake, going for the bass. Fishermen have accrued their own tips and techniques for landing these sport fish that when used help to stack the deck for catching bass.
Location - Summer
One angler writes at the Fishing Works website, that slow trolling between the Rasonville Bridge and Ford Dam with a Rebel Wee Craw yields small mouths and is good for a full day's fishing challenge. Another fishermen writes achieving success with a stringer of small mouths in this same location of the lake using crank baits. An angler writing in at Bass Fishing Rocks reports good results using the smallest jig and pig combo you can find and jigging from shore, or using a jigging spoon in open waters when going for the smallmouth bass.
Ice Fishing for Bass
It is possible to fish for smallmouth bass on Belleville Lake during the winter via ice fishing holes. Anglers reporting at the Fishing Works website report positive results using a simple hook with a frozen minnow or cut shad with two or three small sinkers dropped into the ice hole. Between the first ice on the lake and December 31 each year, you are allowed to keep bass over 14 inches only. After December 31 the bass fishing on the lake is closed until the the Saturday before Memorial Day.
The Haggarty Dam section of the lake is another hot spot for smallmouth bass fishing, according to the Belleville Lake Reports section of the Michigan Sportsmen website. Larger smallmouths are reported to strike on 3 1/2 inch Nemisis Gobes in dark colors around the Haggarty Dam. Fishing with dropshot and 3-inch Gulp Alive leeches also receives positive write ups by local anglers at the Michigan Sportsmen website. If shore fishing around the dam, look for areas with low resting vegetation and slightly moving water, as these areas have more oxygen content to the water, bringing in the smallmouths.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.