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Top 5 Green Bay Smallmouth Bass Lures

      Fishing for smallmouth bass can be tough, but when you find out what they are hitting it’s super easy and fun, they tend to be in the shallows from early spring to mid-summer. Then they move out deeper to find food and to escape the hot summer months. Here is a roundup of my favorite Green Bay smallmouth bass lures. 


1. Rapala Big Brat 6   

   Green bay smallmouth bass luresThis is a popular bait for smallmouth anglers, these baits dive from 1.5 feet to 6 feet. The crawfish color shown above is one of the best colors, due to the amount of crawfish hiding among the rocks of Green Bay. Another good color is the Sleeper color or bone craw, casting these around rocks will imitate escaping craws or even small gobies. Cast this bait around structures most likely rock ledges or sunken trees and range the depth so that the bait is running from a foot off the bottom to halfway in the water column. Buy it here.


2. MegaBass Dark Sleeper


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The Megabass dark sleeper is a goby bait that comes in three sizes, 2.4”, 3”, 3.8”. It comes in 10 colors that you can check out on the amazon link above. Of course, the color above is my personal favorite but there are several others I have good luck with. It is a very versatile bait, you can swim it or bounce it off the bottom. This bait can be fished in pretty much any way you want and fish will bite. This bait imitates a small goby, it is a paddle tail swimbait and has a nice large top fin that protects the hook from weeds. But the fins are flimsy enough that a smallmouth bass will have no issue getting hooked. Buy it here. 


3. Googan Baits drag-N-drop
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The Googan baits drag-N-drop is a finesse-style bait that can be fished in most likely 3 ways. It comes in 7 colors and any color will catch one because it can imitate a goby, worm, leach and much more. The first way is on a shaky head, a shaky head is a kind of jig that wobbles and when the lure is on the bottom and you bounce it will jiggle the tail. The second way is on a drop shot and a drop-shot is where you tie a weight that can vary weights due to the depth of water you fish and then tie a Palomar knot with a smaller hook about a foot or higher above the weight. The ideal way to fish a drop shot is to cast out and do two or three bounces and let the bait slowly fall. The last way is to Texas rig it and fish it but drag it along the bottom and bounce it. Buy it here. 


4. Berkeley Hit Stick

Green bay smallmouth bass luresGreen bay smallmouth bass luresThe Berkeley hit stick is one of my goto smallmouth baits, it is meant to be fished by straight retrieve for about two or three feet then give it a jerk or two to imitate a dying baitfish. This bait can dive from 3-12 feet. There are two sizes, the 3.5” and 5.5” the 3.5 dives 3-6 feet and the 5.5 will dive from 6-12 feet due to how fast you retrieve. It has 11 colors, there are so many colors that work very well but I would stick to a baitfish color. The color shown above is my personal favorite and I have caught several 3+ pound smallies on this jerk bait. What I like to do that I don’t hear of much anymore is when you feel the bait hit the bottom, by hitting rocks you should stop the bait. Let it float a couple of inches then continue the retrieve because that pause gives the smallmouth a chance to eat it if they are a little more finicky. Buy it here. 


5. Ned Rigs

Green bay smallmouth bass luresGreen bay smallmouth bass luresNed rigs are by far the cheapest option if you are looking to get into smallmouth fishing. A ned rig is about a total of 1.5-2 inches, many many companies make this style of bait. There are hundreds of colors and sizes. There are lots of different jig head weights that you can get to how deep you are fishing. This bait is meant to be a small insect or really can be whatever you want it to be. How you fish it is by casting out and bouncing it off the bottom, this bait is usually used in the spring when smallies are spawning and fished by bouncing on their beds. I know several people who swear by this bait to catch every fish in its path.  Buy it here.


Green Bay Smallmouth Bass Lures

Tube Baits are amazing lures that are at the top of Green Bay smallmouth bass Lures. Spinnerbaits are highly effective lures for smallmouth bass, as well as almost any other species of gamefish in freshwater. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are both very popular lures for smallmouth bass when the fish are active.

Some of the more productive lures for smallmouth in streams are 1/4-ounce spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. Many of the best bass fishing lures are smaller versions of the ones used on bigmouth. Jigging spoons are among the best bass deepwater fishing lures, though they are seldom fished by most bass anglers.   

This combination makes the most spoons a great option for those anglers that have a large body of water they have to cover to find fish. The best spoons for smallmouth bass cover just about every scenario, from bottom-straining fish to topwater feeders that are aggressive, going after minnows and damselflies. There is no better way to catch smallmouth when they are aggressive than topwater lures, certainly when conditions are right.  

While smallmouth are a lot like bigmouth, and they will populate the same areas and eat the same lures, in bodies of water where smallmouth are the dominant species of bass, like deeper, more pristine northern lakes, you are going to need to adjust your techniques and presentations, and make adjustments in not just how you fish, but your bait choices. When shifting focus from bigmouth to smallmouth, fishing different areas will be far more effective than changing up lures, but using these classic smallmouth baits will allow you to get a lot more in tune.   

Swiftwater smallmouth would typically be bigger and stronger than those caught on creeks, and through the years, specific lures and types of baits emerged as a must-have on each and every smallmouth fishing trip. Whether fishing Snake, Potomac, John Day, New, Niagara, Susquehanna, Shenandoah, or lesser-known streams visited only by locals, the best smallmouth bass lures will produce smallmouths summer to fall. Otherwise, if using lures is your preference, you can choose one of these popular smallmouth bass lures.  

Bladed Swim Jigs are also highly effective in hot summer months, as well as late fall, when there are a lot more smallmouth in deeper waters. Lipless crankbaits still may work through deeper water, but are best at shallower areas to catch the smallmouth bass moving down in for a feed on a baitfish. 

You can target suspended Bass in deeper water, or simply crank a Crankbait through the shallows looking for Bass moving in to feed on baitfish. When the bass are moving deep (15-30 feet), it is not unusual for some anglers to get some grouping Bass when jigging vertically on Bass hanging around schooling baitfish. Generally, anglers may be fishing all finesse soft plastic lures in a similar manner, pulling and bobbing baits across the bottom.   

Anytime you are having trouble getting a bite on other lures, be it extremely cold water temps or warmer ones, these soft plastics often will do. You can rig whatever soft plastics you like onto your spinnerbaits, however, most anglers report better success imitating fish lures like shad, glow lights, and other types of minnows. Artificial lures enable anglers to cover more water, while also getting a trigger for bites on fish that are not actively fishing.   

Many times, baits can be cast on rocks or sandy bottoms on an open hook such as tube without having to worry so much about getting caught in the weeds. I love using crankbaits for floating when you are rapidly moving through the water and need a bait you can retrieve at moderate or rapid speed. I find that these lures work well for all types of situations, and hopefully, they will be helpful to you in your quest to catch the bass smallmouth. 

The Coffee Tube is a powerful, all-around bait that will help you land a smallmouth anywhere it swims. In addition to being great at catching smallmouths along the bottom of the water, this lure produces a caffeine smell, thus its Coffee Tube name. For the smallmouth angler that is cash-strapped or budget-conscious, however, this is a lure that you are going to want to pick up. 

As its name suggests, this crankbait is slightly smaller in size compared to the other models offered for bigmouth. The Divine Swim Jig also features a quality Mustad 1/0 hook, the hook is super strong for the smaller spinnerbaits size, and while the bait is smaller, you will have no trouble hauling in huge bass of more than 5 pounds. 

The jigs are great bigmouth lures as well, and these lures will also catch bigmouths. Smaller soft plastics might not produce the same action that some other bass lures, but they offer a simple food item so that any fish would be hard-pressed not to take a bite, thus being great Bass producers. All finesse soft plastic lures are great on rocks piles and sand beds for finding smallmouth bass cruisers. 

The best Green Bay smallmouth bass Lures for pre-spawning smallmouth bass include mid-drop crankbaits with crawfish or fire tiger shades, jig tips with chunks of plastic, and plastic grubs. Brown bass will be scattered around gravel bank edges of the channel and around the body of the lake, so try moving lures like white or chartreuse spinnerbaits or mid-diving crankbaits in crawfish, fire tiger or bluegill colors. Most smallmouth anglers use eight-ounce jig heads with three-inch tubes as their standard rigs for channel fish, and colors including black, brown, pumpkin, olive and root beer patterns have caught fish all season. 


 

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(The Center Square) – Some Wisconsin lawmakers are trying to calm fears about illegal immigrants getting IDs and voting in the state.

The Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections and the Senate Committee on Shared Revenue, Elections and Consumer Protection held a hearing Thursday with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, some local election clerks and Fond du Lac County’s district attorney.

“We're not trying to get anybody into a bad spot here, or in a corner, or make accusations on that level,” Sen. Dan Knodl, R-Germantown, said. “We want our clerks, who are already stressed enough, to know that we are here to be there as an assist to them.”

Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa, said he wants to make sure voters have faith in Wisconsin’s electoral process.

“This is one of the topics that hit our inboxes quite a bit the last three months or so,” Krug added. “We thought it’s pretty important just to vet it out, to get all the information out to the public.”

The Wisconsin Elections Commission was invited to Thursday’s meeting but didn’t attend because commissioners were having a meeting of their own. But that left lawmakers’ questions unanswered.

Wis-DOT Deputy Secretary Kristina Boardman said Wisconsin is known as a strict voter ID state.

“I want to make very clear that Wis-DOT is required to provide free identification cards for U.S. citizens that request them for the purposes of voting, and that to be eligible for that free identification card one must be a U.S. citizen and at least 17 years of age,” Boardman said. “Wis-DOT staff do not determine voter eligibility or register anyone to vote. Someone who has a Wisconsin ID or a driver's license is eligible to register to vote online, and that information will be confirmed with Wisconsin DMV systems to ensure that the information entered for voter registration is consistent with the DMV's records

Boardman said in Wisconsin, less than a fraction of one percent of ID requests are fraudulent.

“We put together [a] case activity report, assemble all of the documentation that we have, we have the investigator that had the case pull that together, and we do refer that to law enforcement so that they can take whatever action is appropriate,” Boardman added. “We note what statutes we believe may have been violated. And then it's up to law enforcement to take action.”

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(The Center Square) – On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate voted to override nine vetoes from Gov. Tony Evers, including the vetoes that scuttled PFAS clean-up money, millions of dollars that were earmarked for hospitals in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls and a plan that would allow advanced practice registered nurses to work more independently.

“The legislature has passed hundreds of bills to solve problems facing Wisconsin businesses and families. Most of these bills were signed into law, but many were vetoed by a governor more focused on politics than policies that help everyday Wisconsinites,” Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said Tuesday. “Overriding the governor’s obstructive vetoes is the last, best way to address these critical issues.”

The override votes came one day after Evers sued the legislature over nearly $200 million that is attached to some of his vetoes.

Most of that money is the $125 million that’s supposed to go toward PFAS clean up in Wisconsin.

“For the fifth time this legislative session, I voted to provide Wisconsin families with the largest investment in clean drinking water in state history – five more times than every Democrat legislator in this state combined. The bill that Gov. Evers vetoed (SB 312) would have created a grant program that targets this critical funding to areas of the state most heavily impacted by PFAS contamination while protecting innocent landowners from financial ruin,” Sen Duey Stroebel, R-Cedarburg, said.

Evers has accused the legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee of obstructing his plans to clean up Wisconsin’s drinking water, and of delaying his other actions across the state.

LeMahieu said Evers is simply playing the game.

“While Gov. Evers plays politics, the legislature will continue to do the right thing on behalf of the people of our state,” LeMahieu added.

Senate Democrats responded with game-playing accusations of their own.

“Coming in to do all these veto overrides was clearly a stunt to try to appeal to voters ahead of the fall election,” Den. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, said. “Clearly Republicans were hearing from things in their district and wanted political cover. I don't think they got political cover today. I think what they got was people realizing just how afraid they are.”

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While Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate have a veto-proof majority, Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly do not.

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Trump Holds Lead Over Biden Heading Toward November

With less than half a year until the 2024 presidential election, former President Donald Trump holds a sizable lead over incumbent President Joe Biden in several swing states.

While the overall national polling varies and shows a tighter race, Trump holds significant leads in several swing states.

According to Real Clear Politics, Trump leads in a slew of key battleground states like Arizona (+5.2), Georgia (+4.6), Michigan (+0.8), Nevada (+6.2), North Carolina (+5.4), Pennsylvania (+2.0), and Wisconsin (+0.6).

Other polling has shown Trump with a dominant lead in the Sun Belt while performing less well against Biden in some rust belt swing states.

“As the old saying goes, good gets better and bad gets worse, and it’s clear President Biden is in bad shape right now,” Colin Reed, a Republican strategist, former campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and co-founder of South and Hill Strategies, told The Center Square. “Five and a half months is an eternity in politics, and there’s theoretically still time to right the ship, but it’s getting late early for the president, especially when Father Time remains undefeated and doubts about his age continue to grow. “

According to the Real Clear Politics’ national polling average, Trump leads Biden 46.1% to 44.9%.

A New York Times poll released this week showed leads for Trump in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania but slightly trailing Biden in Wisconsin, raising concerns among supporters.

Trump’s lead has been in large part fueled by minority voters flocking to his side.

Meanwhile, Biden’s approval rating has plummeted since taking office. While that is not unusual for incumbents, Biden’s approval is lower than recent presidents.

Gallup recently released polling data showing that in the 13th quarter of Biden’s presidency, he averaged a 38.7% approval rating, worse than Trump at the same time in his term.

“None of the other nine presidents elected to their first term since Dwight Eisenhower had a lower 13th-quarter average than Biden,” Gallup said.

Axios reported this week that Biden and his team think the polls don’t represent Americans’ actual feelings and that the president’s position is strong.

“They're still 50% (well 45%) to win, per betting markets,” pollster Nate Silver wrote on X. “But Biden has been behind Trump in polls for a year now. His approval is in the tank, and voters have been clear they think he's too old. If Trump wins, history will not remember Biden kindly.”

Meanwhile, Trump spends valuable campaign time in a series of court appearances for his myriad of federal prosecution court dates.

“I’m under a gag order,” Trump told reporters after a court appearance Tuesday. “Nobody has actually seen anything like it ... I'm beating him in every poll and I have a gag order, so I think it's totally unconstitutional."

Republicans have blasted Biden for Trump’s prosecution, accusing Biden of using the Justice Department against his political opponent.

“Despite Far Left Democrats’ illegal election interference, President Trump is beating Joe Biden in the polls!” Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., wrote on X Tuesday. “Voters see right through the sham Biden Trials and know President Trump is the best choice for president.”

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