"One of the great things about my job is that it allows me to experience a lot of great fishing on a lot of great lakes," says Kevin VanDam, offering up one of the great understatements of sporting history. The reigning Bassmaster Angler of the Year, KVD (as he's known to fans of fishing) is like the Tiger Woods of Bass catching; from his 247 Bassmaster tournaments, he's the winningest pro bass fisher, snagging some $6,000,000 in purses. In a recent chat, he gave us the inside scoop on his favorite spots across the country for finding monster-sized bass (and a few tips for actually catching them). Launch Gallery >>
Lake St. Clair, Michigan
In the heart of the Great Lakes region along the Michigan-Ontario border, nestled between Lake Huron and Erie, is VanDam's favorite home state spot. "There is no better smallmouth bass fishery in the world right now than Lake St. Clair," says VanDam. The lake may not be as well known as its bigger brothers nearby, but it's home to all of the same great species of fish: largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, salmon, lake trout, and more – all within the Detroit metro-area. The Kalamazoo, Michigan native recently hosted a fishing tournament on St. Clair with the Detroit Lions. "Everyone talks about the good ole days, but for St. Clair, that's right now," says VanDam.