Many smallmouth bass anglers target lakes in the state’s Arrowhead region the first 10 days of June. Releasing smallies is important at this time. “Stick’’ baits such as floating crankbaits are effective bass lures. But many of these carry three sets of treble hooks, making the safe release of smallies problematic. One alternative: Try a single-hook #4 Mepps Dorsal Fin. Retrieve faster in shallow water than you might a stick bait. But this Mepps doesn’t often get hung up on weeds — and it catches bass.

DENNIS ANDERSON