White Bass In The Great Lakes

Many anglers overlook a fun surface fishery in the Great Lakes — blitzing white bass (Morone chrysops).

On the East Coast, boiling striped bass will draw crowds and book guides for miles around, but their smaller (about 10-14inches) cousins are generally ignored.

June through September plan look for groups of birds under schools of swarming white bass here on Lake Erie. Plan on having a 5-6wt handy with floating line. Small poppers and minnow patterns will get it done. Don’t expect a ton of traffic!

I’ve seen stretches of fish feeding in the middle of the day for hundreds of yards, but the best time is right before dark. Plentiful and fun, these native mini-stripers are a great way to relax after a long day at the office.

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