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Large & Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Lake of the Woods Ontario, Is Hot!

Without a doubt, the North American largemouth bass is the most popular fish, and the smallmouth bass is also an exciting and hotly pursued species. Speak to any bass fisherman, and they will tell you stories of "monster bass", crazy baits and ridiculous situations that these fish have been caught in. Fishing them on Lake of the Woods in Ontario Canada is no exception. So with that in mind, we’ll present some general information about how to land a “lunker”!

bass fishing lake of the woods ontarioCrankbaits and spinnerbaits will attract bass from deep water. If you want to fish deep, reduce the line strength to perhaps 10-pound test and use a crankbait with a deep angled lip. Lipless crankbaits work well bounced off the bottom of the lake with an erratic retrieve. Plastic imitations of various shapes, styles, lengths and colors will also work fished with or without weights.

Afternoon

Plastic worms, crawfish, lizards, frogs, fish and grubs will all catch fish. Tube jigs and other plastic "shapes" which bear no resemblance to any living creature will catch bass on any given day. Do not be afraid to ask other fishermen what color is working that day. Your tackle dealer will also be able to tell you what is working in the area.

Imitations such as soft plastics should be fished slowly. A good idea when trying a new lure is to drop it close to the shoreline and watch it move as you retrieve your line. The key to plastics is to make the imitation look as much like the real thing as possible. Watch closely and then imagine what you bait is doing when you cast out into the lake or river on your retrieve.

You can also return to the morning methods shown above as the light begins to fade. This is when bass move back to shallow water and ambush points, such as downed trees, large rocks and lily pads to feed.

Live Bait

big bass trophy fish ontario lake of the woodsBait fishing for bass is of course an alternative. Most bass anglers will "wince" at the thought, but for children especially, this is a great way to introduce them to the sport of bass fishing. Bass will take live bait such as a crawfish or shiners, suspended under a bobber with no weight on the line. Hook the crawfish in the back or tie it to the hook with some light line. Live fish can be lip hooked through both lips, or the dorsal fin (middle of the back) to give an erratic presentation. Night crawlers and grubs are also effective.

Hot Tip! With night crawlers or grubs, place large offerings of the bait on the hook if you want to catch a large bass. Small offering will often catch pan fish or perch, but big baits will deter the smaller fish from biting at your hook, giving you a better chance of hooking big "Bubba".

Learn more fishing tips from the best. White Pine Lodge's professional fishing guides are here to make your fishing vacation a success. Why not plan to take a guide with you for a day to show you all of the fishing secrets of Lake of the Woods fishing.