Warmwater Thoughts

Michigan differs from most other states that have a trout oriented fishery, unlike the landlocked states of the Rocky Mountain west we are fortunate to have a migratory fishery available to us.  Another often overlooked opportunity to enjoy the bountiful resources in our state is targeting warm water fish.

This year I plan to spend a considerable amount of time pursuing bass, pike, and pan fish in many of the lakes that are in my immediate geographical area.  Instead of settling into the same routine of summer which is smallmouth bass fishing every weekend, I’m excited about learning something completely new and different.

I’ve made the statement several times over, that “if you put me in a lake, you might as well blindfold me because I don’t have a clue what I’m doing.”  I said that to my wife not so long ago – and she surprised me with a guide that focuses solely on the lakes in our region.

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Doing a fair bit of research between this guide and the internet, has more than peaked my interest this year – it has me really excited.  I’m completely engulfed right now with gathering as much knowledge as possible to learn about how to fish these resources.  Another exciting component is that while my normal trout/bass streamers will most likely work just fine, I have enjoyed seeking out new patterns to tie.


While I’ll always be a trout streamer and steelhead nympher first – finding a new way to further immerse myself in the sport isn’t a bad thing.

3 responses

  1. JB

    Hey, glad to see those books are useful! I worked on the Sportsman’s Connection Michigan guides as a college intern in Duluth. Have fun!


    January 28, 2016 at 10:16 am

    • Wow, thats super cool! I am really enjoying getting to know some of the other non-flowing bodies of water around me. I didn’t even know where to start, but this guide is giving me a really good baseline of information.


      January 28, 2016 at 11:56 am

  2. fontinalisrising

    Michigan has the distinct privilege of having top notch trout fishing, and a far more vast warmwater fishery. Bluegills in spring may be dumb, but man they are fun. Mice on the surface for bass and stripping streamers for pike are both super exciting. It’s easy to get tunnel vision and focus solely on trout, when there’s so much more to chase out there. I wish you luck.


    January 28, 2016 at 5:15 pm

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