Upper Peninsula of Michigan Fly Fishing Guide

Smallmouth Bass - Upper Peninsula Michigan Fly Fishing Guide

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The Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus Dolomieu) is a species of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) of the order Perciformes. Its common names are Smallmouth, Bronzeback, Brown Bass, Brownie, Smallie, Bronze Bass, and Bare back Bass. Carnivorous, its diet comprises crayfish, insects, smaller fish and young also feed on zooplankton. The female can lay up to 21,100 eggs, which are guarded by the male in his nest.
Smallmouth Bass are common throughout North America and in many rivers, streams and lakes of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The bronzeback is one of the top aggressive predators of the U.P. They are commonly caught in excess of 5 pounds. There are few species that rival the fight of a Smallie on the end of your fly line. Topwater poppers and minnow patterns make for an exciting way to latch on to one of the most exciting, fly fishing freshwater species of fish.