The Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers to prepare for the statewide catch-and-keep bass fishing season which opens today.
This season opener provides the perfect opportunity for anglers to partake in world-class bass fishing. In April, Bassmaster Magazine released its list of the 100 best bass lakes of 2013 — five of which were in Michigan. This includes the top spot, which went to Lake St. Clair.
Note the catch-and-keep bass season for Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River, and the Detroit River does not open until June 15.
The four additional Michigan locations on Bassmasters’ list included Lake Erie (No. 5), Lake Michigan (No. 29), Lake Charlevoix (No. 40), and Burt Lake (No. 81).
This annual, national list is developed courtesy of information from every state’s Department of Natural Resources, B.A.S.S. Nation presidents and conservation directors, and 3,500 B.A.S.S. members.
“We’re thrilled to see Lake. St. Clair listed as the number one location for bass fishing in the nation,” said Fisheries Division chief Jim Dexter. “For this water body, and other Michigan locations, to be recognized by bass experts from across the country really proves the value of our state’s fisheries.”
Visit Bassmasters’ complete 2013 list of 100 best bass lakes for more information on Michigan’s and other states rankings at www.bassmaster.com/news/100-best-bass-lakes-2013.
For more information on fishing for bass in Michigan, including rules and regulations, check out the 2013 Michigan Fishing Guide available at www.michigan.gov/fishingguide.