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03/14 — Fish of the Week

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Updated: April 15, 2012 8:15AM

We usually don’t see smallmouth bass from Lake Michigan like this for
another month or so. But this hasn’t been a usual winter.

Tom O’Malley of Orland Park caught this 5-pound, 2-ounce smallmouth Sunday while fishing with Capt. Ralph Steiger out of East Chicago Marina. He used a Northland 4-inch white grub and a quarter-ounce orange Northland Gum-Gall Jig.

‘‘The water is only 42
degrees, so I went to the last spot [a deep-water one] I caught them at in the fall,’’ Steiger messaged.

‘‘The key for me in that cold water was the VERY slow retrieve, almost like a second hand on a clock,’’ O’Malley emailed. ‘‘It’s still early for them, but they are there if you can present them with an easy meal.’’

They also boated two 4-14 smallmouth and a 3-pounder on the same rigs.

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