Northern Lake Michigan’s Smallmouths Some Of Fastest-Growing In North America

By on September 17, 2015
Smallmouth bass. (Credit: Bob Gwizdz / MLive)

Northern Lake Michigan’s smallmouth bass population is one of the fastest-growing in North America, according to a report from That is backed up by tagging data showing that the smallies have been increasing in size and number quicker than they used to do several decades ago.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has tagged more than 7,000 smallmouth bass in Lake Michigan in the past 10 years. Some of those have been returned by anglers, helping to inform fisheries managers of the strength of northern Lake Michigan’s populations.

“Northern Lake Michigan is recognized as one of the top bass fishing destinations in the country, and tagging studies help to provide the scientific basis for management,” said Dave Clapp, Charlevoix Fisheries Research Station manager, to “Thanks to the efforts of many contributing anglers who’ve reported information on captured smallmouth bass, we have greatly expanded our knowledge of the northern Lake Michigan fishery.”

Top image: Smallmouth bass. (Credit: Bob Gwizdz / MLive)

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