Christopher Smith

Finding Big Smallmouth Bass In Big Water

The Great Lakes have become amazing smallmouth bass fisheries but sometimes finding big smallmouth bass in big water can be a challenge. These lakes are so vast, its hard to know where to start at times other than the spawn. The first time I went to Lake Erie to fish, I went with a guide […]

 Christopher Smith

Bass Elites Face Smallmouth Heartbreak

If you follow the Bass Anglers Elite Series, you probably already know that Chris Lane won the Bassmaster Elite East Plano Championship Chase and walked away with a check for $100,000. He ended up with 80 lbs of smallmouth bass for the tournament total. You probably also heard that Aaron Martens clinched the Angler of […]

 Christopher Smith

Lake Erie Smallmouth Continue To Improve

In this recent article about Lake Erie, they discuss the effects of algae on the Walleye population but also tell the story of the continued improvement of smallmouth bass fishing. Lake Erie has benefited from catch and release fishing during the spawning season and the catch rate during 2012 was the highest in over a […]

 Jim Hanley

Live bait fishing for small mouth bass on Lake Erie: Amazing success is only a dip away.

When booking a charter with me for small mouth bass on Lake Erie, I am often asked by new customers, “what quantity of fish can we expect to catch?”. My response for the last 25 of my 35 years in this business is 35 to 50 small mouth per day. I say 25 out of […]

 Jim Hanley

Lake Erie Bass Tips and Tactics for Tube Lovers

By Jim Hanley The first time I was introduced to a “gitzit” was in 1978 Thousand Islands tournament. Like the fish I was enticing, I was hooked by this new technique. That first day I was paired with Greg Ward, grandson of legendary TV Celebrity, Virgil Ward. He proceeded to show me what this “gitzit” […]

 Jim Hanley

Resurrection of Lake Erie and The Smallmouth Bass

Jim Hanley, a native of the Buffalo, New York area, has been fishing and watching Lake Erie change over the past 50 years.  As a former BASS angler, having competed in the Bassmaster Classic, Jim has a deep understanding of bass fishing and the Eastern Basin of Lake Erie. Jim Hanley talks about Lake Erie […]

 Christopher Smith

Lake Erie Changing, We Must Prevent Asian Carp

Lake Erie is changing due to high phosphorous levels. It is causing the the habitat to change to an environment more favorable to largemouth bass, white perch, catfish and potentially Asian carp.  As the Asian Carp has moved up the Mississippi and now the Missouri, there are huge concerns that this nasty invasive species could […]

 Christopher Smith

Lake Erie Fishing Regulations – Fish Sanctuaries

There is a little known issue that concerns fishermen and boaters dealing with Lake Erie fishing regulations. Fish sanctuaries have been established in Lake Erie to assist the smallmouth bass and other gamefish species in thriving without harassment and extend until July 15th. These restrictions are in the Fort Erie region as well as Port […]

 Christopher Smith

Lake Erie Smallmouth in May

Another great day of #smallmouth #fishing on #Erie. twitter.com/jimhanleyfishi… — Jim Hanley (@jimhanleyfishin) May 13, 2012 Ahh, Lake Erie smallmouth in May. Who would have believed 20 years ago that those words would be spoken. Lake Erie used to be considered a cesspool and it is amazing how this has become one of the top […]

 Christopher Smith

Underwater Cannons For Round Goby Control?

Interesting stuff going on with the Round Gobys in the Great Lakes. If anyone has fished the Great Lakes and Lake Erie, you probably have heard mixed opinions on the issue of Gobys in the lakes.  Originally introduced into the St Clair River, they quickly spread through all of the Great Lakes.   There have […]