My Dad Tim Patterson and I travelled up to Norland, ON Friday night in preparation for opening of the bass season 2011 ! We set out somewhat early, we were on the water at 0654 hrs. AM. We traveled down river out from the government dock, working a few patches of lily pads and along a weed line without success. We then decided to try around a trusted spot we know for bluegill, off an island in the north end of Shadow Lake.
Shadow Lake presents some awesome depth variations from very shallow to very deep, depending on where you are. Fishing 16′ or so offshore of the island, in depts ranging from 1 ft. through 45 – 50 ft. and variations in between. Using my Rapala Avantis bait casting combo, spooled with Rapala Finesse 14 lbs. test mono, I began casting a Rapala Jointed Shad-rap in light beige / silver colour. This lure produced excellent results on Bass Opener with two nice smallmouth being landed. One measured 15 3/4″ long and weighed approximately 2 lbs. We did notice a skin scar which appeared to be fresh as well as a scratch down one side of the smallmouth’s body. Something big must have bit at him. We did also manage to land a few largemouth on the small side as well as one rock bass and a perch on this shad rap.
Using my Humminbird 141C fish finder, I was able to safely keep in good depts and view the bottom structure with ease. We shut down the outboard and I utilized my MinnKota Endura 30 lbs. thrust electric. This MinnKota electric is very quiet and smooth and enabled us to strategically work structure / shoreline around the lake. Weather was medium – heavy overcast with intermittent rain showers throughout the morning. Our clothes were soaked, everything was wet, but no way could we miss Bass Opening day !!