Saturday, May 9, 2009

From Silver to Bronze..........


Steelhead have pretty much finished their movement into Lake Erie tributaries, but another species is now on the move. There are significant numbers of smallmouth bass that are making the trip into the lower portions of most North Coast rivers right now. This phenomenon is not well known or understood, but it has been documented by biologists that there are migratory spawning populations of smallmouth in Lake Erie. Whether this is a distinct population of fish or just river-born bass that got washed into the lake during high water is not known. Regardless, it provides a brief window for river anglers to catch mega-sized smallies.