Great Lakes Smallmouth

Great Lakes Smallmouth

Field Research — Researchers from Central Michigan Univrsity and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources studied movements of smallmouth bass in Lake Michigan's Beaver Island Archipelago. The study addressed the questions: Do smallmouths remain in close proximity (within a 5-mile radius) of where they were captured; do they return to the same areas they occupied in previous years; and were there any specific movement patterns? Sixteen smallmouth bass (15 to 19 inches long) were outfitted with acoustic transmitters to determine movement patterns during three periods (prespawn, spawn, and postspawn) in 2007 and 2008.


Most bass remained within the Beaver Island study site. Two fish moved more than 40 miles from the tagging site. During postspawn, a high percentage of tagged bass were found in the same location as the year before. General movement patterns (moving roughly half a mile per day) indicated smallmouth bass remain close to shore during prespawn and spawn, but move farther offshore during postspawn (females move farther offshore than males).



Smallmouth bass were typically located in about 5 feet of water during prespawn, 5.5 feet during spawning, and 13 feet during postspawn. Some bass were located near boulders, rockpiles, or drop-offs during postspawn, but there didn't appear to be any trends in habitat use as other fish were often found in areas lacking these characteristics.


This population is currently managed as a population separate from the rest of northern Lake Michigan. The findings from this study indicate that some smallmouths migrate from the Beaver Island Archipelago to other areas of Lake Michigan, thus identifying the potential need to revise views concerning the connectedness of northern Lake Michigan smallmouth bass populations.


*Kaemingk, M. A., T. L. Galarowicz, J. Clevenger, and D. F. Clapp. 2011. Movement of smallmouth bass within the Beaver Island Archipelago, northern Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37:625-631.

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

Accessories

Costa Baffin Sunglasses Review

Chris Schneider - April 26, 2019

Made from 100% recycled fishing nets, the Costa Baffin's are a must-have for any serious...

Fish Recipes

Blackened Fish Recipe

Tommy Thompson

Blackened fish ready to serve with a side of okra and cucumber-red onion salad. This recipe is...

Panfish

Dock Shooting Crappies

Matt Straw - July 03, 2018

Catch those weary crappie with this technique!

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

13 Fishing Omen Black Baitcasting Rod

Multiple time FLW Costa winner Jessi Mizell is no stranger to catching big Florida bass on a popping frog. As he tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead, with the new 13 Fishing Omen Black baitcasting rod, the job just got easier.

Bait Choices from Skeet Reese

Pro angler Skeet Reese is a Major League Fishing champion and a winner of the Bassmaster Classic and BASS Angler of the Year titles. Throughout his years of bass catching success, as he tells World Fishing Network personality Chad LaChance, Berkley baits like the Deal and Straight Money have played a key role in what he has accomplished out on the water.

Lowrance Enters Trolling-Motor Market with Ghost

Lowrance's Lucas Steward shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead what all of the fuss is about in the brand new Ghost trolling motor being brought to market by the Tulsa, Okla.-based fishing equipment manufacturer.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Catfish

Catfish Pole Rigs

Richard Peterson with In-Fisherman - April 28, 2016

Pole lines illustrate the paradox of catfishing. At a time when excellent rods, reels, and...

Other Fish

Must-Have Striped Bass Tackle

Rick Bach - May 04, 2017

It was an August evening and I was wading the flats in Brewster, MA with my cousin. Here you...

Pike & Muskie

How To Catch Pike In Spring

Dan Johnson - April 26, 2016

Spring is prime time for pike. The Prespawn and Postspawn periods offer excellent odds at...

See More Stories

More Bass

Bass

The Greatest Bass Crankbaits of All-Time

Steve Quinn - June 21, 2018

In no particular order are 8 all-time greatest bass crankbaits.

Bass

Smallmouth on Light Line

Matt Straw - May 21, 2018

Smallmouth bass guide Chris Beeksma doesn't hesitate to pursue outsize bass on light tackle.

Bass

How to Sustain a Freshwater Pelagic Bite

Bob Maindelle

Using these tactics, it's not uncommon to stay on a school for two hours or more.

See More Bass

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×