Mike Delvisco, a professional angler who’s been on the Bassmaster tour for over 30 years, has some solid advice to all who fish: Go back to the basics.

“Try not to overcomplicate things when you’re fishing,” he said. “You’ll have far better success than if you try to overthink things.”

Delvisco shared tips and autographs with Downriver fishing enthusiasts Monday at Texas Roadhouse in Taylor. The restaurant chain is one of his sponsors.

Delvisco, who grew up in Massachusetts and currently lives in Tennessee, said the Northern states are often overlooked for their tremendous bass fishing. Especially Michigan.

“When you think about bass fishing, you think about Southern states, where I live, or Florida and Alabama and all of that,” he said. “If you wanted to catch trophy largemouth and trophy smallmouth, there’s probably no better state to come do it in than in Michigan.”

Delvisco said he enjoys coming up to the Midwest to meet fans, hear fishing stories and to see photos of people’s biggest catches.

Fishing in Michigan is unique for its wide variety of species — walleye, pike, perch, salmon, bullhead, lake trout and bluegill, to name a few — when compared to the South, he said.

“As opposed to where I live, we have catfish, crappie and bass, and that’s pretty much it,” he said.

Although Delvisco doesn’t fish in Michigan, because he’s typically in the region during the off-season, (and ice-fishing is just too cold, he joked), he said he’s excited to a tour stop in August to fish Lake Champlain, in New York and Vermont.

“We start off in Florida in three weeks,” he said. “That’s our first tour stop. Looking forward to that, and looking forward to coming back up North when it gets nicer out.”

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