Category: small mouth bass

Hi Italo, I enjoy bass fishing ,and was wondering if they are in the area of the large breakwall rocks along the shore line at the mouth of the port credit river,I would be fishing from a boat.I know it’s a trout and salmon area, but looking to change it up. Thanks and God Bless.

Posted on January 22nd, 2021

Hi Russ, Smallmouth Bass move into all the Lake Ontario tributary mouths in the spring and go right up the tributaries and hold in the deeper pools by July. You should be able to catch Smallmouth Bass around any of the rocky structure and if you can get inside the boat-basin where there are weeds you should also be able to catch Northern Pike & Largemouth Bass….God bless you.

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On tv this morning , the fishing pro was on Lake Michigan , and catching smallmouth bass , he says routinely weigh in at 5 to 7 pound range and we saw his catches . I thought that Northern cold water lakes dont allow this size fish , any thoughts ? The pro says that Michigan s unique habitat allow for bigger fish of all kinds . Peter

Posted on December 19th, 2020

Hi Peter, that pro was correct. Smallmouth bass don’t mind colder water and they can feed well from April – Dec. of each year. If there is a good food supply like baitfish and crayfish, they can put on weight fast. With the introduction of invasive Roundheaded Gobies, Smallmouth Bass have had a major addition to their buffet of shad, shiners and crayfish. Also, in colder water temperatures there is a decreased chance of fish picking up viruses and other ailments that can occur in more abundance in warmer waters which may decrease a Smallmouth Bass life….God bless you.

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Hi italo hows everything? Just a quick question how fast do bass grow ? Its been extremely quiet and i fish from shore, then bang this weekend hooked up a hole bunch of small mouth 6–8 in range where these born in spring? How old is good 4-5 lbs bass

Posted on September 1st, 2020

Hi Adrian, I’m good. Well done on the Smallmouth. A 3-4 lb Smallmouth in southern Ontario is probably around 5yrs old. In northern Ontario where water is colder, warm season shorter and less food for them anywhere from 6-8 yrs old. Fish with a Passion. God bless you, Italo

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Thanks for the info!Just one other question. Could you tell me where I should look for Smallmouth bass in the North end of the lake.

Posted on August 10th, 2019

Hi Don, wolcome! They will be in their summer pattern which means they will be shallow and all over the shorlines early and late in the day and then moving to the nearest deeper water between 6-12’…God bless you.

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Hi Italo, my question for you is can you recommend me a few spots within 1-2 hour drive of the gta where i can take my kayak fishing, ideally for bass, and where there will be a clean beach for my family to swim/ play in the sand, and i can row from the beach to fishing areas. I am having trouble finding a good spot as my wife does not like weedy/ muddy beaches. I have a few weeks off work, if you can suggest a few spots for us to go, that would be great. Thank you Italo!

Posted on June 30th, 2019

Hi Alex, I would suggest Crystal Beach, ON on Lake Erie. There is a nice beach area there and you can launch your boat off the beach or at the Crystal Beach boat launch. You can fish starting right at the mouth of the bay or paddle out to 15-20′ water and fish 4″ tubes along the  bottom or you can fish a drop shot rig with either a soft plastic grub, nightcrawler or leech near the bottom. You should be able to catch smallmouth bass and freshwater drum there…God bless you.

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Hi ItaloA few days ago i went to lynde shores in ajax/ whitby and tried fishing, i tried live worms from a bobber and on bottom, i tried lures, plastic frogs, wacky rig, tubes and some rapalas, i didn’t get a single bite or see any fish other than a few carp. I tried where it meets the lake and all the little spots from the top down, a total of 8 hours. I was wondering if you know anyone who has had luck there in recent years? Or if you have any current/recent info on what may be there? or is it nothing but a few carp. There is lots of bass looking cover but no bass to be found. Its a walk from my house so i am very interested. All the reports i can find online look very outdated. Thank you Italo

Posted on June 19th, 2019

Hi Ryan, sorry to hear you did not have any luck on gamefish. I used to catch smallmouth bass right in the channel where it goes into the lake and pike along the inside shorelines using a float and live minnows only fishing about 2-3′ leads. I would suggest you try fishing right in Whitby harbor. There should be freshwater drum there, some smallmouth and also some pike. Try casting a Vibrax #3 spinner and also fishing a jig/plastic grub along the bottom.

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l seen on your show today a new soft plastic bait,when you’re fishing for smallies Who is the maker of the bait..

Posted on June 9th, 2019

Hi Gerry,  I use a lot  of Lunker City Fishing soft-plastics. Not sure  which one you are referring to specifically. Best if you go to their website, click on “soft baits” and you should see it…God bless you.

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Hi Italo, what are your favorite plastic twister tail colors for walleye and smallmouth bass?

Posted on April 19th, 2019

Hi Angler,  yellow or chartreuse for walleye, black or pumpkinseed for smallmouth.

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Hello Italo I am looking to target Lake Erie this coming season for some smallies but I’m not to familiar with this lake. I live in the Hamilton area so I’m not to far away. We had a family cottage for a lot of years but have recently sold it so looking for some help on where I could go and have some fun catching some of Lake Erie’s monster bronze backs.. thank youSean

Posted on March 30th, 2019

Hi Sean, early in the bass season you can catch smallmouth bass anywhere in Lake Erie off the shorelines are 10-20′ deep with scattered boulders and sand. As the summer progresses and algae starts to grow on the shallower rocks it’s best to venture out to 20-40′ humps and reefs. One of the top spots is Tecumseh Reef on the west-side of Port Maitland. You can also catch them all season long at the mouth of the Niagara River going out into the lake on the Canadian side. Most anglers will either drift with 4″ tubes or fish worms and minnows along the bottom. Trolling for them also works well and casting jigs, spinners, twitch-baits, top-water lures and crankbaits…God bless you.

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I don’t live in Ontario but always dream of fishing for bass both small and large. What is the best lake to go to coming from Alberta with my boat. Thanks

Posted on January 6th, 2019

Hi Trevor, northern Ontario just east of Winnipeg, Manitoba has excellent large and smallmouth bass fishing on lakes like Lake of the Woods and Eagle Lake. Best time to fish them are early in the season when both species are shallow and easy to locate. We have done a few bass TV shows in both and you can see them by going to our Italo labignan YouTube Channel…God bless you.

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