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I know it will be a while before i can go fishing for bass, but i was wondering, has anybody tried pier angling for smallmouths? Seems like it could work. I live about 20 min. from lake michigan and always wondered about it.

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I have fished form a pier in lake erie about 15 mins from my house and the fishing is pretty good fishing towards the end in around 20 feet of water, but he i usally dont fish there because it is 15 to 20 down to the water and there is so many people fishing.

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Most of the Great Lakes pier fishing will we Stealhead and there will be crowds. The stealhead will take some specie tech. This is were I learned how to crowd fish and how to control my temper. About half the bass tourneys I've won were in a crowd situation and I keep track of competiors that can't stan the pressure you never no when I need that info.

The mid june period will bring smallies around these piers and up every creek for a week or 2. Then most piers and shoals thru the summer will have some smallies and lots of carp.

Garnet

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For 25+ years I have been fishing a Lake Ontario pier for smallies in the summer. It's not a real long pier and only extends to a water depth of about six feet. It's certainly fun to catch them, but I consider it 95% luck. Those fish move in shallow and move back out and you have to be there at the right time. It's a crapshoot. They're either in shallow or they're not.

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The experience I have had with piers is that the fish around them are often very difficult to catch because of the fishing pressure the pier creates.

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