smallmouth bass bassmaster lake st clairWell the Bassmaster Elite Series Plano Championship Chase has been finalized last Sunday with Chris Lane coming out on top. His winning weigh-in totalled in at 82 pounds, 4 ounces. A lot of fishermen who were watching the tournament probably thought Mark Davis was going to win it. Saturday Davis finished in first place, but Chris Lane's big smallmouth bass out of Lake Huron at the mouth of the St. Clair River is what did it. Chris Lane was using a drop shot rig using shad-style baits with a 1/4-ounce weight. Mark Davis was also using a drop shot rig with Strike King Dream Shot or 6-inch Roboworm. Mark Davis came in second with a final weigh-in of 76-pounds, 13-ounces.

Bassmaster champion Kevin VanDam and his nephew Jonathon VanDam got hammered, Kevin placing 31st and Jonathon placing 47th. Kevin VanDam said "I was all over the lake. I committed to St. Clair and I probably made a mistake. The fish are real skinny! Those fish should be four-pounders. Just not seeing as much bait as we should."

Bass fishing has been really slow out on Lake St. Clair lately, but honestly Kevin VanDam's about the baitfish is totally inaccurate. I've been out there almost every week for last three months, everywhere you look there's baitfish. Other pro bass fishermen remarked about the goby population being down.

Maybe it's something else though, recently I read from an article about climate change hurting yellow perch and walleye in Lake Erie. Scientists claim "Lake Erie is getting warmer, and lake winters are getting shorter." I can actually back that statement up, I've lived next to Lake St. Clair all my life, back when I was younger the lake would freeze over where my eyes could see, 8 mile all the way over to 6 mile. Thick enough where ice fishermen could go out there and plant their permanent ice shanties. Nowadays, those days are long gone. Our winters just aren't cold enough anymore.

The locations where Chris Lane and Mark Davis suggested smallmouth bass were, indicates that Lake St. Clair smallmouth bass could be migrating to colder and deeper lakes such as Lake Huron and Lake Erie.

What I've noticed fishing this summer, it wasn't like this even two years ago. Next to Grosse Pointe Shores Park/Grosse Pointe Yacht Club where I would catch good size smallmouth bass, now all that's there is largemouth bass. What's that indicate, warmer water. Just two years ago I was catching lunker smallmouth bass from this area: spring, summer, and fall. What else I've noticed is the area is very weed choked, another warmer water indicator.

Two years ago I talked to an old-timer when I was launching my boat, he said "I've never seen walleye fishing this slow before. He said he's seen a big decline in the past decade."

Since I'm not a writer for any newspaper and my stuff isn't censored, I'll just come out and say it. All are bullshit could be catching up with us, bullshit meaning pollution. I know there's a denial within the southern community and a particular political party that thinks there's no such thing as global warming from our carbon producing vehicles and industrial plants. While there's no official way of 100% knowing carbon is the main cause of changing the Earth's climate. What we do know is the earth has been heating up at the same rate as we have been polluting with carbon. Even if our carbon pollution isn't heating up the Earth atmosphere, scientists have already predicted if we keep polluting at this rate we won't have enough oxygen on this planet in the future to breathe. So I think that right there is enough reason for us to change.

Some might say what the hell does this have to do with a Bassmaster's fishing tournament? Well I will say right back, this has a lot to do with fishing. Imagine going out fishing and not catching anything. Why because your favorite lake is too polluted. I'm sure there's people reading this and smirked right after I said that, suggesting that's impossible. Well it's already happened with the Florida Gulf oil spill, so I smirk back. Saltwater fishermen down there claim it will never be the same.

There are other concerns related to our beautiful bodies of water that could be affected by climate change and I will back these up with articles from reputable sources.

Much recently I was bit by a tick that gave me Lyme disease. A disease that the CDC said doesn't exist Michigan. Might I add that the CDC recently change their statistics from 30,000 to 300,000 affected each year. Yeah so anyone fishing at a lake surrounded by forestry should be concerned about the effects climate change could be having on the other portion of environment/ecosystem, meaning insects. Read these articles for a connection between lyme, ticks, and climate change.

If you do read news from the Internet or from a newspaper, you might notice troubling headlines of people getting flesh eating bacteria and brain eating amoebas from lakes and rivers. Many scientists claim these pathogens are flourishing in water ways because of climate change.

As I wrote this, I really never meant for this article to be about the controversial subject of climate change. One thing led to the next and I decided to go with it. I'm not a tree hugger, as I have owned gas guzzling muscle cars over the years. All I am is a concerned outdoorsman that has noticed the ecosystem violently changing for the worst.

Take this information however way you want it, turn a blind eye or open up to a problem we keep ignoring.