Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth Bass Fishing In Ontario, Canada

You’re sure to enjoy visiting Lake of the Woods for smallmouth fishing! Bass season is open all year round: however, it is catch-and-release only during the month of June.

Pound for pound the gamest fighter to be found, smallmouth bass have thrived in Ontario’s north woods lakes and are readily available to anglers. This species is a real thrill for the light-tackle enthusiast and an excellent fish for catch-and-release fishing, as they have no teeth to tackle with.


Best Fishing Methods to Catch Smallmouth Bass:

  • Casting or fly fishing using 4 – 6 pound test line

Other Recommended Tackle:

  • Mepps 1, 2 or 3 with bucktail
  • Number 7 Rapala
  • Small crankbait
  • Jitterbug
  • Mister Twister
  • Artificial night crawler
  • Small Daredevle
  • Rebel crawfish

Tips For Fishing Smallmouth Bass In The Spring

Where you’ll find them:

  • Smallmouth bass love rock and spend more than ninety percent of their time on this hard
  • Post-spawn smallies will remain close to shallow rocky areas of the lake until the temperature of the water warms considerably.
  • Islands, points and shoals are the three preferred spots to begin your smallmouth search, starting each area up shallow and moving deeper until you connect with fish.


  • Topwater plugs, crankbaits and jigs are the preferred baits early in the season
  • “matching the hatch” by using crayfish coloured is a sure-bet to entice fish into the boat.


Summer fishing can often be a “hit and miss” attempt due to whereabouts of the fish during this time.

  • Early morning and evening periods will usually find fish in shallow water aggressively feeding – this is where topwaters really excel and will lead to heart-stopping explosions on the surface.
  • Daytime smallies will retreat to the safety of deeper water and will relate to depths from six to thirty-feet deep. The one thing they will relate to is having a dependable fish finder on board will become your underwater eyes.
  • Look for humps, shelves and drop offs and work a jig over these underwater magnets.
  • Due to the schooling nature of the smallmouth bass, once one is caught, there are sure to be more to come.

Fall Smallmouth Bass Fishing

The fall time means one thing to a bass angler – BIG smallies. Fish at this time of year gorge themselves on crayfish and minnows in anticipation of the cold winter months. Searching for these hungry fish is the key to catching them; concentrate on some of the spots you had success on earlier in the season will help you unlock the location factor.

  • Points, saddles and shoals will hold smallies at this time of the year, however, the school will be situated farther from shore and in deeper water in comparison to their summer counterparts.
  • Begin your search by finding water in the 20-foot depth and continue working until you hit 35 feet. Most of your fall fish will relate to water this deep and once you catch some, the remainder of the lakes’ fish will be holding at this magical depth.


Rattle traps, cranks and jigs are the artillery for the fall, using a marker buoy to stay with the school and at the optimum depth will increase your chances of connecting.

Plan Your Trip To Duck Bay Lodge

We have the best smallmouth bass fishing in Canada at our all-inclusive resort. When you plan to take Canadian smallmouth fishing trips through us, you’ll be treated to world-class outdoor activities as well as the finest amenities. Enhance your bass fishing in Canada with fine dining options and breathtaking views of the lake.

When you choose us for bass fishing in Ontario, you can enjoy much more than what the outdoors has to offer. Take full advantage of our recreation hall featuring satellite TV, a library and a foosball table. All of this adds up to make us the best choice in Canada for smallmouth fishing. To learn more about everything you can experience with us, reach out to discuss our available packages and book your trip.

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