Smoky Lake, Iron County

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2/13/16 @ 7:58 AM
brulecreek
brulecreek
USER since 1/14/11
Thanks for the info. I agree the lake has taken a step back. Lots of 12-14 SMB certainly keeps my 5 yr old entertained. The lake at one time had a 18" size limit and fishing was excellent. Really bummed they dropped it to 14". I don't eat smallmouth they are a sport fish for me, but at a 18" limit, it was far better.

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2/12/16 @ 11:02 PM
Therz 1
Therz 1
USER since 4/24/14
I have lived on the lake for 9 years, have fished it for around 25 years. There are no pike, walleye, largemouth or crappie in this lake. The Sportsmans book lists some of these species as being in the lake which is ridiculous. The lake has a large population of small average size smallmouth, a very small population of musky, tons of rock bass, and some small gills and remnant pop of lake trout. No one ice fishes the lake because there is nothing worth targeting here in the winter. The lake has gone severely downhill due to lack of management, overharvest of bass, and suspension of musky stocking. Mich dnr says they have no money. WI dnr would like to increase the size limits on SMB but says it's very difficult to institute changes when the lake is shared by 2 states. The last survey done showed an abundance of 12-14 inch bass which the fisheries biologist personally told me was due to overharvest at 15 in.

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1/16/16 @ 8:33 AM
brulecreek
brulecreek
USER since 1/14/11
Ya I was always curious, I love fishing here in open water. Please post if you make it out on the ice.

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1/13/16 @ 8:20 PM
n.pike
n.pike
USER since 4/2/02
I read that same thing in the Michigan Fishing Map Guide. Seems like hardly anyone ice fishes out there. That's a lot of water for nobody to really be hitting. Must be a tough bite.

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1/12/16 @ 1:54 PM
brulecreek
brulecreek
USER since 1/14/11
I've never caught any pike in the lake. I've also never seen tracks out on the ice, heard it's pretty slow lake in the winter.

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1/9/16 @ 9:34 PM
n.pike
n.pike
USER since 4/2/02
Anyone ever fish this lake for pike?

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