Originally Posted by duncan
I think the lack of replies confirms the lack of success.
Yep. I've spent several hours in the last couple of years fishing Morgans's Shoal , the artificial reef off the museum and various other offshore rockpiles in the southern Illinois portion of Lk.Michigan with no success for SM Bass. I've dropshotted, cast and trolled crankbaits (deep and shallow), and even dragged live bait around with only a few gobies and perch to show for my effort. It's tough to stay out there with no positive reinforcement to boost your confidence.
Possibilities I have entertained-
1. SM Bass in the southern Ill. portion of Lk.Michigan don't migrate to distant offshore structures due to lack of forage.
2. SM Bass do migrate to offshore structures but are so spread out we have not crossed paths.
3. I do most of my searching in late morning, early afternoon; bass are not biting.
4. There is a secret honey hole that I will find one day.
There are more excuses I could list but will save for another day.