We were lucky enough to capture some interesting video from a Lake Michigan tributary river that had alewives, shad and some yellow perch schooling in the current.
From under the ice in 30 feet of water, even the little perch need to eat!
Watch this Michigan smallmouth bass return to its nest shortly after being caught on a drop shot rig on Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City fishing with Traverse City Bass showing the importance of catch & release bass fishing especially during the spawn.
A clever Michigan smallmouth bass guards its nest and moves a drop shot bait off the nest. Bass are very good at moving baits without the angler knowing. Often, they just have the tail end of the bait, as shown in this video. This was on Grand Traverse Bays while fishing with Traverse City Bass Guide Service.
Watch a smallmouth bass take a Strike King KVD Dreamshot underwater and be reeled in by a Traverse City Bass customer on Grand Traverse Bays.
Walleyes can hold easily in river current with minimal effort — making them much better suited to rivers than we often think. While walleye are generally considered a lake fish species, they will run up rivers to spawn just like salmon and steelhead. Not all walleyes do this, but a large percentage will if there is a river with the right habitat for spawning.
GoPro video of northern Michigan steelhead taken underwater by a Sport Fish Michigan guide. Featuring females, males, and a surprise largemouth bass on a northern Michigan tributary to Lake Michigan.