Lake Gogebic is known as a good smallmouth bass fishing lake. There are a lot of 2 to 3 pound bass in the lake with some bigger fish in the 4 to 5 pound range as well. Many anglers will come to this lake to fish for walleye and smallmouth bass and in some of the rocky areas on the lake, you can catch both species of fish in the same location. Late spring and early summer are probably the best times to target smallmouth bass because they are all over the shallows, but if you know how to fish deeper water, you should be able to catch some nice fish here in the summer and fall as well.
Iron River, MI
There are several lakes in the Iron River area that are home to smallmouth bass and smallies are usually a secondary species of fish for most anglers fishing up here. If you want to target smallmouth bass, you can definitely catch them and there are some quality bass in many of the lakes in the area.
Iron Mountain, MI
Iron Mountain does have some very good places to fish for smallmouth bass. The Menominee River gets a lot of attention from smallmouth bass anglers. Good numbers of bass can be caught here and some very big bass call the Menominee River their home. Some other lakes to target smallmouth bass are Michigamme Reservoir, Fortune Lakes, Ice Lake, Ottawa Lake, Paint River, Peavy Pond and Smoky Lake.
Manistique Lakes, MI
Smallmouth bass are in many of the lakes in this area. There are some quality fish in the area, but don’t expect to catch a bunch of monsters. Many anglers will catch smallmouth bass while targeting walleye in deeper water, but if you want to target them specifically, you can catch some smallmouth bass here.
The lakes in the Watersmeet area are home to some very good smallmouth bass fishing. Anglers catch good numbers of them to go along with quality fish too. The Cisco Chain of Lakes is popular for its smallmouth bass and there is a lot of water to fish for them on the chain.
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