Beginning in May, and lasting through June, waves of smallmouth will spawn in just about every part of the lake. Lake St. Clair is one big spawning flat. The fish can be at different stages through out this time, and many techniques will work. Wind direction and water clarity determine where we will fish at this time of the year.
Fall - Winter
As summer comes to an end, smallmouth work their way towards the banks looking for easy meals to fatten up for the winter. From late September until the lake ices over is another great time to catch a monster smallmouth. The later it gets, the bigger the schools get, and if you can find the right water clarity, you can have a big day.
Early Season -
Pre Spawn Smallmouth
Starting in early spring as winter loosens its grip and temperatures start to warm, smallmouth are eager to find warmer water and begin feeding in preparation for the upcoming spawn. This time of year, where you catch one, there's usually more around. Early season is one of the best times to catch some of the biggest fish of the year. Just a reminder, the water is still cold, even if the air is warm, it is still chilly on the water.
Post Spawn -
As the spawn winds down, the fish begin to migrate offshore to deeper water where they will once again school up. Summer days with schools of smallmouth make for good fishing.